Get all the latest Cheltenham tips, news and views ahead of one of day two's main races at Prestbury Park, which was won in 2016 by Blaklion
THE RSA Chase is the second race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival and we’ve got all the latest news views and top tips ahead of the renewal.
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When is the RSA Chase, what TV channel is it on, what’s the distance and which sort of horses can enter?
The 2017 RSA Chase will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 14:10 (2:10pm) and will be live on ITV1.
It’s a Grade 1 chase covering three miles and about half a furlong, for horses aged five years and upwards.
The New Course is used at the Cheltenham Festival.Previous RSA Chase Winners
Blaklion (8/1) was the winner of the 2016 race.
Shaneshill (16/1) was second.
While More Of That (6/4f) was third.
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE CHAMPION HURDLE TIPS Which jockeys, horses and trainers have won the RSA Chase the most?
No horse has won the race more than once.
Jockey Pat Taaffe won the race five times on Coneyburrow (1953), Solfen (1960), Grallagh Cnoc (1961), Arkle (1963), Proud Tarquin (1970)
While trainers, Fulke Walwyn and Willie Mullins have both won the race four times.
Fulke Walwyn: Mountain Prince (1948, div. 2), On View (1951), Glenbeigh (1954), Mandarin (1957)
Willie Mullins: Florida Pearl (1998), Rule Supreme (2004), Cooldine (2009), Don Poli (2015)What are the top tips for the race?
That’s a very good question. Our list of top tipsters will appear below when they’re available.
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The RSA Chase has been run under its current guise since the 2010 although is backed by one of Cheltenhams longest-running sponsors. It was run as the Royal & SunAlliance Chase up to 2009 and as the Royal SunAlliance Chase in 1997.
Sun Alliance, which merged with Royal Insurance in 1996, previously backed the Sun Alliance Chase for 23 years and sponsored at Cheltenham for 26 years altogether. From 1971-73, the Foxhunter Chase was titled the Sun Alliance & London Foxhunters.
Fred Winter had the best record in the contest, having landed three victories with Killiney (1973), Pengrail (1975) and Brown Chamberlin (1982).
Among current trainers Willie Mullins heads the bunch with three winners and Paul Nicholls has won the race twice, Mullins having sent out Rule Supreme (2004) and Florida Pearl (1998) and Cooldine in (2009) while Nicholls has trained two of the past few winners Star De Mohaison (2006) and Denman (2007).
The longest-priced winners since 1964 are Hussard Collonges in 2002 and Canny Danny in 1983, both at 33/1, with Arkle the shortest-priced at 4/9 in 1963. Irish-trained winners number eight since 1964, the latest being Rule Supreme in 2004.
The competitors who line up for the Sun Alliance Novices Chase are all coming to the end of their first season over fences and potentially a stepping stone to greatness and this is very much emphasised by Denman the 2007 Royal & Sun Alliance Winner.
Cheltenham Festival Form can therefore be a little misleading with many entrants having only ran a couple of times in that season. The 2008 winner in Albertas Run was only having his second run in the season and came to the Festival a fresh horse and showed his quality on the day.
The RSA Chase is run over three miles in length, it is not an easy trip for the novices and shocks can be a feature of this event, however up to a few years ago only one favourite won this race in the previous seven years. However in 2007, 2008 and 2009 the punters got their revenge on the bookies with the now infamous Denman winning in 2007,Albertas Run in 2008 and Cooldine in 2009.RSA Chase Odds
The bookmakers will be putting up the odds for this race early in the 2016 season and we shall be updating our odds tables as soon as this happensRSA Chase Form
The best suggestion is to look for the more experienced horses in making your selection and one race to consider as a good form guide is the Reynoldstown Chase, run earlier in the National Hunt Racing calendar.RSA Chase Tips
We shall be putting up our RSA Chase tips as the season progresses but we shall be paying particular attention to the likes of Paul Nicholls, Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson who nearly always have a top class staying novice chaser to unleash at the Festival.RSA Chase Results
Previous Results since 2000 point to one thing very clearly and that is a seven year old has a great record in this race
2017 Might Bite 8 N Henderson 7/2f
2016 Blaklion 7 N Twiston-Davies 8/1
2015 Don Poli 6 W Mullins 13/8f
2014 O'Faolains Boy 7 Miss R Curtis 12/1
2013 Lord Windermere 7 J Culloty 8/1
2012 Bobs Worth N Henderson 9/2
2011 Bostons Angel J Harrington 16/1
2010 Weapons Amnesty C Byrnes 7 10/1
2009 Cooldine 7 W Mullins 9/4FAV
2008 Albertas Run 7 Jonjo ONeill 4/1F
2007 Denman 7 P F Nicholls 6/5F
2006 Star De Mohaison 5 P Nicholls 14/1
2005 Trabolgan 7 N Henderson 5/1
2004 Rule Supreme 8 W Mullins 25/1
2003 One Knight 7 P Hobbs 15/2
2002 Hussard Collonges 7 P Beaumont 33/1
2000 Lord Noelie 7 Miss H Knight 9/2
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Weights: 11st 2lb (5yo), 11st 4lb (6yo+), 7lb Mares allowanceFacts/Trends
10 of the last 10 winners:
The withdrawal of Coney Island has brought the likes of Alpha Des Obeaux, Acapella Bourgeois, Whisper and Bellshill into single figure prices while Might Bite has shortened even further as favourite. Might Bite is the 7/2 favourite, he was on course to win over 3m when he fell at Kempton in December and eased to victory in his races before and after that.
At 11/2 Alpha Des Obeaux is a popular selection and has chased well over a slightly shorter distance. He was 5 lengths behind Coney Island at Fairyhouse over 2m 4f and then pulled up in a Grade 1 chase over 3m at Leopardstown in December. Acapella Bourgeois meets all the aforementioned trends and is available at 13/2. He has improved greatly over the season and won a Grade 2 chase over 3m by 32 lengths last month. 8/1 shot Bellshill is Ruby Walsh’s ride here and Willie Mullins will be hoping for a better performance than was the case in the Supreme last year. He’s gone chasing this season and was impressive at Punchestown when beating Coney Island over this distance and then won with ease next time out. He fell last time out when chasing the leaders. Royal Vacation has run well this season, he won a Grade 1 at Kempton over 3m in December and followed it up with a win at Cheltenham over 2m 4f in January. He’s shown he can run on varying ground and showed run well here. He’s 10/1
At longer odds I think Marinero is worth noting. He’s available at around 25/1 but was just 3 ¾ lengths behind Thistlecrack at level weight over this distance in November at Cheltenham. I think he will show further improvement and offers value. He recently switched trainers and we could see further improvement under Henry de Bromhead.Recommended Bets
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Shaneshill was second in the Galway Plate earlier in the week, and Willie Mullins' raider will aim to go one better on Sunday in the At The Races Chase on the final day of the Galway Festival, where he will take on the likes of Arbre De Vie and Road To Riches in a cracking renewal.
1. Arbre De Vie - P Townend - W Mullins 9/4
2. Shaneshill - R Walsh - W Mullins 4/9 Fav2017 Racecard
Decent sort though faces a very stiff task at the weights here
Plate also-ran this week not the force he was but respected at these weights
Wednesday's Plate second looks the one to beat now
Long absent but runs well here; plenty on at the weights though
Plate 6th would be 9lb better off with stablemate Shaneshill in a handicap
Killarney maiden winner but this looks a step too far too soon
Exposed in novice company and this looks a very tough ask2016 Result
15:55 At The Races Chase
1. Alelchi Inois - R Walsh - W Mullins 4/9 Fav
2. Clarcam - J Kennedy - G Elliott 5/22015 Result
1. Cailin Annamh - R Power - J Harrington 14/1
2. Rebel Fitz - D Russell - M Winters 9/10 Fav
3. Colour Squadron - B Geraghty - E Bolger 7/22014 Result
15:20 At The Races Beginners Chase Result (2m 1f)
1. Ted Veale - B Geraghty - A Martin 6/5 Fav
2. Clonbanan Lad - D Russell - H De Bromhead 7/42013 Result
1. Darwins Fox - A Lynch - H De Bromhead 15/8 Fav
2. Nearest The Pin - R Walsh - A Martin 11/4
3. Aughnacurraveel - Mr M O'Connor - T Cummins 7/1Beginners Chase Result 2012
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1.Tabhachtach - S Slevin - M Slevin - 8/1
2.The Great Shanghai - M Bowes - P Byrne - 4/1
3.Jack Cool - R Jones - C Byrne -7/1Beginners Chase Result 2011
14:20 Galway Bay Fm Beginners Chase (2m 1f)
1. Venture Lazarus - J R Barry - D Ryan- 33/1
2.Native Palm - M J Bolger - Mrs J Harrington- 7/1
3.Regal D'Estruval - T Doyle - J Culloty 7/2FavBeginners Chase Result 2010
14:20 Galway Bay Fm Beginners Chase (2m 1f)
1.Kilmurry - A Lynch - H De Bromhead - 9/2
2.Wise Old Owl - M Walsh - J Kiely - 5/1
3.Wikaala - P Carberry - G Elliott - 9/22009 Result
As expected hot favourite Bobs Pride trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Ruby Walsh won this opener in a canter. Always going well Walsh sat behind the leaders all the way round until the final fence when he just coasted up on the outside and ran away with the race.
It was the eighth winner of the Festival for Weld proving yet again that the Master of Rosewell is also the Master of Galway.
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On Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival, there is a certain classy feel to the proceedings at Prestbury Park. But that evaporates for around six minutes when the novice chasers slug it out in the RSA Chase.
It’s certainly a case of guts rather than glamour for this race. Run over three miles, this is regarded as the Gold Cup for novice chasers, and a win here, can push their credentials for a stint at the Gold Cup the following year.MONEY BACK SPECIAL:
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For the national hunt purists, this race is a must-see and even if you can’t make it to Prestbury Park, you can still catch all the action online, via Ladbrokes online service.
Of the array of firms that provide live streaming, our advice is to put your faith in Ladbrokes’ service, especially when it comes to horse racing.
Ladbrokes’ Live Streaming sports service, Ladbrokes TV, was launched in 2008. Over time the service has picked up momentum and been given rave reviews from customers and industry critics alike. Horse racing is at the top of Ladbrokes pile when it comes to streaming.
To access the live streaming all punters need to do is to sign up, free of charge, to Ladbrokes via their website. Once signed up, you can access every Cheltenham race. All you need to do is bet a minimum of £1 on the National Hunt Chase Challenge market to be able to access the stream.
Whilst on Ladbrokes’ efficient site, we recommend you take full advantage of their free bet offer.
Ladbrokes arguably offer one of the best free bets offers in the business, with £50 being made available to punters who sign up to their website especially for the Cheltenham Festival.
All any potential new punters need to do is sign up via Ladbrokes offical sign-up process, which takes minutes, and deposit £50 into their account.
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So, after signing up and taking advantage of the free bets offers, which horses are likely to tickle your fancy for the 2013 RSA Chase?
Top of your list of attributes to look for in this race is bravery. It takes a strong sort to tackle the three miles at Cheltenham stamina sapping course and can especially be tough for a novice chaser.
A horse that should be suited to the demands of the race is former World Hurdle contender Dynaste, who has been a revelation so far this season since tackling fences rather than hurdles.
David Pipe’s charge was impeccable on his chasing debut, where he outstayed the ever so strong Fingal Bay up the Cheltenham hill.
He backed that up with another routine win in a decent novice chase at Newbury and looks a type similar to last year’s beaten RSA Chase favourite Grands Crus. The difference between the two however, is Dynaste looks to be built more like a three mile chaser than Grands Crus, and should relish the battle of an RSA Chase.
The bookmakers have taken on board his potential ability in this race however, and are no bigger than 6/1 with Ladbrokes for him to become the winner of the RSA Chase. If he stays sound, then he is the rightful favourite.
It’s hard to rule out the aforementioned Fingal Bay either though; the six-year-old won five of his six races as a novice over hurdles last year before missing Cheltenham through injury.
Much was expected from his chase career but he was put in his place by Dynaste, where the race really wasn’t run to suit. In a strong run affair like the RSA, he could come into his own and is a very good bet at 12/1 with Ladbrokes.Leave A Response »
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