Don't write off Reve, says Jacob
Enniscorthy jockey Daryl Jacob is a rejuvenated figure this season, with a number of good rides to look forward to at this week's National Hunt showdown. And he is adamant that Reve De Sivola is the value bet in Thursday's World Hurdle.
The Nick Williams-trained ten-year-old is currently top-priced 25-1 for the three-mile championship at Cheltenham.
He finished fourth and eighth in the last two runnings of the World Hurdle and ran a fine race when only going down by a neck, conceding four lbs., to Saphir De Rheu in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.
'I'm looking forward to him. I can't believe he's a 25-1 chance,' says Jacob. 'I know people say he hasn't got the best course record round Cheltenham, but you can't crab his form the last time when he was wrong at the weights with Saphir De Rheu and he's only gone down by a neck. That's a very good race and good form. He's more like a fourth or fifth favourite and that's how I'll be going there with that sort of confidence in him.'
Jacob also thinks Generous Ransom has a huge role to play in the outcome of the CHAPS Restaurant Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase today. 'He's got a great chance, he won nicely round Cheltenham the last day when he just idled with me in front,' Jacob told At The Races last week.
'I kind of knew he'd do that but I couldn't afford to hold on to him any longer in case one went by me quickly. He did it well that day, cheek pieces definitely help him and better ground will suit him.'
Generous Ransom is the general 10/1 favourite for the 0-140 handicap.