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  • on 29.02.2012
  • at 08:58 PM
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RSA Chase Betting Preview & Odds

The RSA Chase is a Grade 1 race for horses aged five years and older.

The race takes places on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival meeting, just before the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This is seen as the leading long distance race for novice chasers; not just of the Festival, but the whole National Hunt season. competitors will take on 19 fences over a three-mile trip.

The race was first run in 1946 and since the RSA Insurance Group took over the sponsorship in 1974, the race has gone under a number of guises, including the Sun Alliance Chase, the Royal & Sun Alliance Chase and now simply ‘The RSA Chase’.

The RSA Chase was won by Bostons Angel back in 2011, under a great ride from Robbie Power. Jessica Harrington’s runner won a very tight finish which saw her horse get up just before Jessies Dream in 2nd. Time For Rupert was the red-hot favourite on that occasion, going off at 7/4. On the day the horse failed to deliver and went on to finish an eventual 5th.

The legendary trainer Fulke Walwyn is the most successful trainer in the race’s history – winning it a record four times.

RSA Chase Trends

  • 23 of the last 24 winners won or finished second last time out.
  • All of the last 10 winners finished in the first two last time out.
  • All of the last 10 winners had at least three starts over fences.
  • All of the last 10 winners never ran on the flat.
  • No horse aged 9 or over has won the race in the last 18 runnings.
  • Seven year olds have won 10 of the last 12 races, including the last five.
  • 10 of the last 10 winners had run 2 to 10 times over hurdles.
  • 10 of the last 10 winners had won over 2m 5f or more.
  • The last 9 winners had finished in the first 3 in a grade 1 or 2 chase.
  • Seven year olds have won 10 of the last 12 races, including the last five.
  • Irish and French bred horses have won the last 10 runnings

RSA Chase Odds

RSA Chase Tips

Grands Crus has been in great form this season and it’s no surprise to see his name at the head of the RSA Chase betting. The David Pipe trained runner won the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival and has taken to fences will this term.

The grey is likely to take part in this race as opposed to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race for which he is also entered, and is around 2/1 to triumph.

Paul Nicholls has an interesting runner in the race in the form of Join Together. The horse already has 2 Cheltenham wins to his name this season, beating some of the RSA Chase entrants on his way. He comes into this race at around 9/1 and may represent some each-way value if you are looking to oppose the favourite.

Bobs Worth came 2nd to Grand Crus at Kempton on Boxing Day, and the horse has since had a breathing operation. His final prep race saw him come 2nd to Invictus in the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase, with trainer Nicky Henderson seemingly happy with that performance, saying, “That was a fantastic run, especially if you had seen what he looked like three weeks ago!”.

Other Cheltenham Festival Race Previews

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle »
Arkle Chase »
*Champion Hurdle »

Day 2 (Wednesday)

*Queen Mother Champion Chase »

Day 3 (Thursday)

Ryanair Chase »
*Ladbrokes World Hurdle »

Day 4 (Friday)

*Cheltenham Gold Cup »

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