RSA Chase Tips - 2:10pm Cheltenham

2019 RSA Novice Chase Preview

The novice chasers lining up for the RSA Chase have a lot to live up to with recent winners being Might Bite, Blaklion, Don Poli plus Gold Cup winners Bobs Worth, Lord Windermere and Denman.

All of those previous winners have one thing in common, they are thorough stayers and unless are tested over three miles horse could well struggle around here.

Trainer Nicky Henderson had the 1-2 when Might Bite beat Whisper a couple of years ago and this time round has a leading contender in Santini. The 7yo was third here last year in the Albert Bartlett and then went on to win at Aintree a month later.

He kicked off over fences by winning at Newbury, beating Rocky’s Treasure by 4 lengths and that horse has won a Grade 2 contest since. He was slightly disappointing I suppose when only third in the Kauto Star Novice Chase at Kempton but winner La Bague Au Roi has come out and won the Grade 1 Flogas Chase at Leopardstown so it doesn’t look so bad now.

Maybe Kempton wasn’t the right track for him, it’s chalk and cheese from Cheltenham and being a course winner here he can fancied to go very well.

On The Blind Side is another contender from the Seven Barrows yard, he has more to learn having only had a couple of starts over fences, he only had four goes over hurdles but managed to win three of them.

He started with a very tame performance in the Dipper Chase, it was a tough ask for his first run but even so he never got involved at any stage and came home in his own time. Next time out was much more like it when he beat Talkischeap by 3 ¼ lengths at Kempton and that form looks well up to scratch.

He led from six out and never looked in any danger that day, obviously he will need to step up again but he looks the type to do just that.

Paul Nicholls is not flush with young 3m chasers at the minute but his 7yo Topofthegame has done little wrong so far this season. He was second behind Defi Du Seuil at Exeter over a much shorter trip and then was stepped up in distance to contest the Grade 1 Kauto Star Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. 

He ran with great credit that day and looked the winner at one stage before finishing second to La Bague Au Roi. Santini was back in third so he will hold no fears from that rival. 

The likes of The Worlds End and Drovers Lane are decent young chasers who deserve a crack at this prize but need to improve on what we have seen so far to trouble the market leaders.

The former has won twice including here at Cheltenham but was easily brushed aside at Kempton on Boxing Day. Drovers Lane won here at Cheltenham last time out and interestingly has had a wind op since so I suppose could improve on what we have seen so far.

Gordon Elliott hasn’t had much luck in this race and in fact his only placed effort was with Jessies Dream back in 2011. He will be hoping for a change of fortune this year and his leading hope is Delta Work who is 3 from 3 since switching to fences.

The 6yo has a lot going for him as he has course form too, when he won the Pertemps Final here twelve months ago ridden by Davy Russell.

He opened his account over fences at Down Royal in November and has since won two Grade 1 races and has easily surpassed his achievements over hurdles already. His best win was defeating Le Richebourg at Fairyhouse, the only horse to beat him this season.

He seems to go on any ground but was pulled out of the Flogas Chase in February when it got a tad quick but looks a sound jumper and should be thereabouts.

Colin Tizzard had plenty of options for his Mister Malarky but has plumped for this test over the longer trip of the National Hunt Chase. He has improved no end this season and earned his ticket with a win at Ascot last month. He's rated 148 now and in theory wouldnt have to find much to get involved here.

Punters Lounge Tip: Delta Work 9/2 at Betfair - Click Here To Bet

 

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RSA Chase Previous Winners
Year WinnerAge JockeyTrainerSP
2019Topofthegame7Harry CobdenPaul Nicholls4/1
2018Presenting Percy7Davy RussellPat Kelly5/2
2017Might Bite8Nico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson7/2
2016Blaklion7Ryan HatchNigel Twiston-Davies8/1
2015Don Poli6Bryan CooperWillie Mullins13/8
2014O'Faolain's Boy7Barry GeraghtyRebecca Curtis12/1
2013Lord Windermere7Davy RussellJim Culloty8/1
2012Bobs Worth7Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson9/2
2011Bostons Angel7Robbie PowerJessica Harrington16/1
2010Weapon's Amnesty7Davy RussellCharles Byrnes10/1
2009Cooldine7Ruby WalshWillie Mullins9/4
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