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RSA Chase Tips - 2:10pm Cheltenham

2020 RSA Novices’ Chase Preview

The RSA Chase is a gruelling test for a young novice and down the years has produced some top chasers. The likes of Denman, Bobs Worth, Lord Windermere and Weapons Amnesty all went on to win the Gold Cup the following season.

As well as Bobs Worth trainer Nicky Henderson also won the race with Might Bite in 2017 and this time round saddles another fancied runner in Champ who is owned by J.P.McManus.

Unfortunately he comes here on the back of a fall which is never the preferred route, he was going like the winner when coming down here in the Dipper Chase on New Years Day. Prior to that the 8yo had won two races at Newbury, both over a shorter trip and both in workmanlike fashion.

Champ is a stayer and will relish this test, he won’t do anything too quick but will take some stopping up the Cheltenham hill as long as jumping improves.

The Kauto Star Chase at Kempton is a good pointer for the RSA and was won by Slate House trained by Colin Tizzard. He won on his chase debut here over 2m4f and then came down when going like the winner in the BetVictor Gold Cup. He then stepped up in trip to win at Huntingdon before taking the Grade 1 contest at Kempton.

Last time out he blotted his copybook when pulling up in the Cotswold Chase. It was a big ask to take on the likes of Santini and Bristol De Mai anyway but he just didn’t travel with any enthusiasm, he obviously needs to bounce back here.

Tizzard also runs a fast improving chaser in Copperhead and he will be ridden by Harry Cobden. His first run over fences this season was a pretty moderate one when 6th to Truckers Lodge at Chepstow. Next time out he improved no end to win at Wincanton and then followed up at Newbury in December.

Last time out he stepped up to Grade 2 company and came through that test with flying colours by slammimg Two For Gold by 17 lengths. He could be anything and is defintely one for the shortlist.

The Irish challenge is pretty strong and they have a decent record in the race, Presenting Percy was their last winner a couple of years ago. Leading the way is Minella Indo trained by Henry De Bromhead, he won the Albert Bartlett here twelve months ago and followed up in the Punchestown version a couple of months later.

He started his chasing career with a satisfactory effort behind Laurina at Gowran Park, that was over a shorter trip but was a very useful exercise and done him the power of good.

He was due to run at Leopardstown at the Christmas meeting but firming ground spoilt that plan but made no mistake when going to Navan in January back over three miles. He led for most of the journey and wasn’t hard pressed to win, the most important thing was that his jumping was sound and it looks like there is lots more to come and could go all the way to the top over fences when he gets his conditions.

Willie Mullins saddles Allaho who finished behind Minella Indo on his last two starts over hurdles. He was second to stablemate Easy Game on chase debut but then was quite impressive when winning by 21 lengths at Fairyhouse next time out. He will improve for the step up in trip and should go well.

Easy Game has since ran well behind Faugheen in the Flogas Chase at Leopardstown and is a very reliable sort who looks sure to run his race.

Gordon Elliott has yet to win the RSA and his main hope this year is Battleoverdoyen, he made a decent start to his chasing career when winning at Galway back in October. He then took a Grade 2 contest by 5 lengths at Punchestown, he was a bit sketchy that day but showed good qualities to get the job done.

He then went on to Leopardstown and stepped to three miles for the first time and collected his first Grade 1 prize over fences by beating Champagne Classic. Again he didn’t really impress but he’s not a flashy type and often just does enough.

Last time out over a shorter trip he came down at the last when already beaten behind Faugheen. He tried to force the pace and make it a stamina test but a return to this trip is probably the way to go.

Willie Mullins has a good chance of adding to his four victories in this race with the 6yo Allaho. He comes into the race having only had two starts over fences so lacks the experience of the majority in the line up. He was second to Easy Game at Leopardstown at the Christmas meeting and then bolted up at Fairyhouse by an emphatic 21 lengths from Milan Native. Last season he finished behind Minella Indo at Punchestown over hurdles so has work to do the beat that rival.

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