RSA Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 2.10 at Cheltenham, Wednesday 13th March 2019, Cheltenham Festival Day Two
The RSA Chase is about as prestigious a race as there is for novice chasers. The Grade 1 contest takes place over three miles, 110 yards on Cheltenham’s Old Course and has 19 fences for the horses to navigated.
Bobs Worth and Lord Windermere have both gone on to Cheltenham Gold Cup success after winning the RSA Chase in recent years so punters will be on the lookout for a future star during Wednesday’s renewal.
RSA Chase Betting Tips 2019
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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RSA Chase Betting Offers
RSA Chase Tips and Race Preview 2019
Race preview for the 2019 renewal coming soon.
RSA Chase Previous Winners
- 2018 – Presenting Percy – jockey Davy Russell, trainers Patrick G Kelly
- 2017 – Might Bite – jockey Nico de Boinville, trainers Nicky Henderson
- 2016 – Blaklion – jockey Ryan Hatch, trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2015 – Don Poli – jockey Bryan Cooper, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2014 – O’Faolain’s Boy – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Rebecca Curtis
- 2013 – Lord Windermere – jockey Davy Russell, trainer Jim Culloty
- 2012 – Bobs Worth – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2011 – Bostons Angel – jockey Robbie Power, trainer Jessica Harrington
- 2010 – Weapon’s Amnesty – jockey Davy Russell, trainer Charles Byrnes
- 2009 – Cooldine – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2008 – Albertas Run – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2007 – Denman – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2006 – Star de Mohaison – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Paul Nicholls
RSA Chase History
From its debut in 1946 to the advent of sponsorship in the 1960’s, this race went under the title of the Broadway Novices Chase. Various sponsors have since lent their support, with the Royal and Sun Alliance group beginning its association with the contest in 1974.
We can only really start at one place when looking through the list of quality performers to have won this race. On many respected ratings lists there is no chaser to come close to the 1963 winner here. Following his triumph in this, the brilliant Arkle went on to land three consecutive Gold cups between 1964 and 1966, two Hennessy Gold Cups, a King George VI Chase and an Irish Grand National. Despite the exploits of the like of Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre and Desert Orchid, it is Arkle who is widely held to be the greatest ever chaser to take to the track.
Due to the similar characteristics demanded for success, it is no surprise that a number of winners have subsequently gone on to land the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Most commonly they go on to take that showpiece contest the year after winning the RSA Chase. Those to have achieved this feat include Garrison Savannah (1990), Looks Like Trouble (1999), Denman (2007), Bobs Worth (2013) and Lord Windermere (2013).
Lord Windermere’s win in 2013 resulted in a famous double for his trainer Jim Culloty. Culloty had previously experienced success in the saddle when guiding another “Lord” to victory. He was the man up to top when Lord Noelie prevailed in the year 2000.
It is not only the Gold Cup which this race can prove a useful guide to. 1992 winner Miinehoma went on to a famous win in the Aintree Grand National in 1994. 2008 victor Alberta’s Run achieved further Cheltenham Festival success when recording back to back victories in the Ryanair Chase in 2010 and 2011. One of the most popular Irish winners was the talented Florida Pearl who took the Hennessy Gold Cup an impressive four times and the King George VI Chase once.
Such is the competitive nature of this race that no trainer recorded consecutive wins until Martin Pipe took the 1991 and 1992 editions with Rolling Ball and Miinehoma. It took another champion trainer to repeat this feat when Paul Nicholls sent out Star de Mohaison and Denman to land the 2006 and 2007 renewals. Overall it is Fulke Walwyn and Willie Mullins who sit atop the trainer’s table with four wins apiece.
Jockey Peter Scudamore recorded a notable achievement in the early 1990’s when rattling in three wins on the trot with Rolling Ball (1991), Miinnehoma (1992) and Young Hustler (1993). Arkle’s jockey Pat Taaffe may not have won three in a row but he did take this race five times in total to lead the way amongst the jockeys.
There aren’t many horses ready to tackle the rigours of this contest before they reach their seventh year. Of the first 72 winners, 17 were six or younger as opposed to 55 being 7 or over. 1946 winner Birthlaw is the oldest in the history of the race at 11 years of age.