Willie Mullins looks to have yet another star on his hands after Quel Esprit won in impressive style at Limerick on his debut over fences, the six year-old jumped and travelled with ease on his first outing of the season and looks an ideal RSA Chase type. The grey who ran at the Cheltenham Festival twice last season without success was always racing predominantly at Limerick, and he had the burst of speed needed to pull away from Torphichen after the final fence. Mullins already has another RSA fancy in Mikael d'Haguenet in his stable and he could now head to the race two-handed with Quel Esprit set to join the three mile chasers at Prestbury Park. The bookmakers certainly took note of the run to slash Quel Esprit across the board for the RSA, we will learn more next time out but at this stage he could prove excellent ante-post value.
The race at Limerick was over 2 mile 3 furlongs so Quel Esprit will be stepped up in trip next time as connections plan their route towards the Cheltenham Festival and the RSA which looks like being one of the most competitive races of the Festival. Time For Rupert has been all the rage in the in the RSA Chase Betting over recent days following his hugely impressive debut over fences recently. The World Hurdle second from last season was in fine form at the Cheltenham Open Meeting and he is the justifiable favourite, but punters should take note of Willie Mullins who with Mikael d'Haguenet and now Quel Esprit in his ranks will sure to be targeting the race. The Irish Trainer has a great record in the RSA Chase with the likes of Rule Supreme and Cooldine winning for him in recent years, and few would be surprised to see him add to that tally in 2011.