- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
RSA Chase Tips - 2.10pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by FEB 5th
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 eight 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.
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. Last time out he took on the more experienced Our Duke back over fences, he came out second best but lost nothing in defaet. 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 Dounikos for the Gigginstown Stud, the 7yo has had three starts over fences so far and won his first two in good style. He kicked off by beating Monbeg Notorious at Gowran and then followed up at Limerick in a Grade 2 contest. He beat stablemate Tombstone that day by 4 1/2 lengths over two and a half miles and surprised a few people in the process.
Last time out he was 4th behind Monalee at Leopardstown and was plugging on at the end and thats why connections fancy having another go at the winner over this longer trip. He looks like he could improve for 3 miles and has certainly earned his place in the line up.
The Mullins team are represented by Al Boum Photo and he ties in closely with Dounikos. He was in front of that horse when coming down at the last at Limerick and then last time out was second to Monalee at Leopardstown, a length in front of the Elliott horse. He too steps up to three miles for the first time over fences and has Ruby Walsh in the saddle.
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RSA Chase Runners
RSA Chase Trends
|9/10 Winners||Won or placed in Grade 1 or 2 Chase previously|
|8/10 Winners||Were 7 year olds|
|8/10 Winners||Contested race at a previous Festival|
|9/10 Winners||Started at 12/1 or shorter|
|9/10 Winners||Were Irish bred|
|9/10 Winners||Finished in the first two last time out|
|9/10 Winners||Won over a Left Handed track previously|
|9/10 Winners||Had won over 2m5f+|
|6/10 Favourites||Were unsuccesful|
|6/10 Winners||Had NOT ran in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle previous year|
RSA Chase Previous Winners
|2018||Presenting Percy||7||Davy Russell||Pat Kelly||5/2|
|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|