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    Chepstow chase debut sees Finian’s Oscar odds fancied

    Cheltenham Bet report the latest Finian’s Oscar odds as the highly-regarded Colin Tizzard gelding goes over fences for the first time at Chepstow.

    Finian's Oscar odds are fancied for his chase debut at Chepstow

    Finian’s Oscar is set to make his eagerly awaited chase debut at Chepstow on Saturday and Paddy Power make him odds-on at 4/7 for victory.

    Providing the ground is suitable, trainer Colin Tizzard will let him take his chance in the Listed Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy (15:05) over 2m 3 1/2f for novices.

    The Alan Potts owned gelding won his sole start in an Irish point and then developed into one of the best novice hurdlers last season, winning four of his five starts.

    His sole defeat came on the final start of the campaign when a short-head second to Bacardy’s in the Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

    Prior to that, Finian’s Oscar had landed two Grade 1s, including the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in impressive fashion.

    Potts has booked Bryan Cooper – former retained rider of Gigginstown House Stud – for the ride.

    Joint-favourite for JLT

    Connections have always talked about him in terms of a chaser and Finian’s Oscar odds are currently 16/1 with Paddy Power for next year’s Arkle Challenge Trophy and 8/1 joint-favourite with the same firm for the JLT Novices’ Chase.

    Finian’s Oscar odds are well-fancied for his chase debut and he’s also favourite for the JLT at the 2018 Chelrenham Festival.

    Joe Tizzard, assistant trainer to his father, told the Racing Post: “As long as they get the odd drop of rain he’s very likely to go there.

    “He’s in pretty good form, he’s schooled really well and it’s a patchy enough forecast, so as long as it’s genuine nice ground he’ll go.

    “We couldn’t be happier with him. We like the track, it’s a perfect starting place.”

    Track used to launch chase stars

    Chepstow clerk of the course Keith Ottesen has predicted going will be somewhere between good and good to soft.

    That’s terrific news for National Hunt fans, who can look forward to Finian’s Oscar tackling fences under rules for the first time.

    He has the potential to be something very special, while Chepstow is a track which Team Tizzard have used to start the jumps careers of their stars.

    Stablemates Cue Card, Native River and Thistlecrack all made their chase debuts at the home of the Welsh Grand National.

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