RSA Chase Tips - 2.10pm Cheltenham

Leading Contenders

Our RSA Chase tips lead the way in what is always a fascinating race to look back on as so many future Gold Cup horses feature in this gruelling contest. Might Bite won it twelve months ago and he’s the favourite for the big race this year and the likes of Bobs Worth and Denman also won the RSA.

It’s a race where the home side has won for the last two years but they could be up against it this time round, especially after the tragic loss of Antony Honeyball’s leading fancy Fountains Windfall in a recent schooling accident.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has Black Corton in the line up, at the start of the season he was running at Worcester in Class 4 novice chases but seven victories later he has gone up over a stone in the handicap. He now has a decent chance of winning the top prize at the Cheltenham Festival and has been a terrific story for jockey Bryony Frost who has partnered the horse every time since back in July.

The 7yo has plenty going for him, he loves decent ground, he has won twice at Cheltenham and has never fallen in 10 chases to date. He looks sure to run his usual game race and although he does look a few pounds short of what’s required to win an RSA he will take advantage of any mishaps from those at the front of the market.

Black Corton won a Grade 1 contest at Kempton last time out and just behind him that day was Elegant Escape trained by Colin Tizzard. Prior to that the 6yo had finished in front of the Nicholls horse at Newbury and that form gives him a chance here.

Elegant Escape actually finished just behind Samcro in his point-to-point back in April 2016 so it shouldn’t surprise anyone he is making into a very useful chaser.

Yanworth could still be a leading player although rumours are that he may go back hurdling instead. He won the Grade 2 Dipper Chase last time out which was a big step forward for the 8yo after a couple of below par efforts over fences.

We shouldn’t forget he was a well backed favourite for the Champion Hurdle last season so has plenty of ability but at the moment is rated a stone lower over fences and has questions to answer. Owner JP McManus will have the final say and may opt to run Sutton Place instead if the 7yo is ok after pulling up last time out. He had earlier won a Grade 2 contest at Navan so won’t let the side down.

Alan King also has the mare Mia’s Storm entered; the 8yo has won both of her completed starts over fences including an impressive victory in Listed company at Market Rasen. She jumped well and ended up winning by 13 lengths. Things didn’t go to plan at Kempton on Boxing Day where she never got into any rhythm and made several mistakes before eventually falling. She needs to quickly forget that mishap if she is to take on the boys here.

The Irish challenge is very strong this season and we should start with Presenting Percy who is trained by Patrick Kelly. The 7yo has won two of his three chases so far including a handicap over 3m5f off a mark of 145. He was superb that day at Fairyhouse and won by 11 lengths carrying top weight.

Next time out he went to Gowran for a Grade 2 hurdle on heavy ground, he won by 5 ½ lengths from Augusta Kate and many people were thinking he should run in the Stayers Hurdle after that performance. Chasing is his game and he’s not stopped improving yet and it would be fantastic for a small yard to lift the RSA Chase.

Monalee will have plenty of supporters, especially after winning the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown last time out. He led all the way under Noel Fehily and although the winning margin was a bit tight he always looked in command and a stronger test of stamina will suit him much better.

He never really reached the heights over hurdles although he was a good second in the Albert Bartlett last March. He was always going to make a better chaser and kicked off with a victory at Punchestown in November. He fell next time out at the Christmas meeting but has put that spill behind him now. Davy Russell will ride Presenting Percy so Noel Fehily may well keep the ride on this exciting talent.

Gordon Elliott saddles Shattered Love who finished down the field in the Neptune last season. She has improved over fences and has won four of her five starts. She was a good second to Jury Duty in the Florida Pearl Chase at Punchestown and then won at Cork by 10 lengths when dropped back to two miles.

Her best effort to date was when winning her first Grade 1 race at Leopardstown. She took the Neville Hotels Chase over three miles and that put her right into the Cheltenham picture after that. She may have to improve again but is going the right way for sure.



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RSA Chase Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer SP
2017 Might Bite 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 7/2
2016 Blaklion 7 Ryan Hatch Nigel Twiston-Davies 8/1
2015 Don Poli 6 Bryan Cooper Willie Mullins 13/8
2014 O'Faolain's Boy 7 Barry Geraghty Rebecca Curtis 12/1
2013 Lord Windermere 7 Davy Russell Jim Culloty 8/1
2012 Bobs Worth 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson 9/2
2011 Bostons Angel 7 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington 16/1
2010 Weapon's Amnesty 7 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes 10/1
2009 Cooldine 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 9/4
2008 Albertas Run 7 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 4/1

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