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RSA Chase Odds

A Grade 1 contest, the RSA Chase is an intriguing betting contest on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, and the market regularly changes throughout the season. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on for expert views and analysis on the 2020 RSA Chase as the picture becomes clearer. 

The latest odds for the RSA Chase will be listed below just as soon as they become available.

RSA Chase Tips

Tips for the 2020 RSA Chase will appear here. 

What is the RSA Chase?

The RSA Chase is a Grade 1 novice chase, which is run over three miles and 80 yards, and is traditionally held on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, which takes place on a Wednesday in March. The race regularly produces future Cheltenham Gold Cup prospects, and has been backed by its current sponsor, RSA Insurance Group, in its various guises since 1974.       

The history of the RSA Chase

The RSA Chase began life as the Broadway Novices’ Chase, and was first run in 1946. Although a Grade 1 contest in its own right, the RSA Chase has developed a reputation for producing future Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, and each of Denman (won the RSA in 2007), Bobs Worth (2012) and Lord Windermere (2013) have won both races this century.  

What happened in the 2019 RSA Chase?

Although 12 went to post for the 2019 RSA Chase, the betting seemed to suggest that it would concern three hailing from top yards; the Paul Nicholls-trained Topofthegame, the Nicky Henderson-trained Santini and the Gordon Elliott-trained Delta Work. The latter two had won graded contests on route to the Cheltenham Festival, and although Delta Work was sent off as the narrow favourite in the betting, it was the maiden Topofthegame who would build on two highly promising chasing starts to open his account over fences, benefitting from an excellent ride by Harry Cobden to pick up the lead after the final flight, and put himself firmly into the mix for the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Unfortunately the horse has since been ruled out for the season due to injury.

Who is the most iconic winner of the RSA Chase?

Several winners of the RSA Chase have gone on to win the biggest prize in Jumps racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, later in their careers, though none to have achieved the feat are perhaps quite so popular as the great Denman proved to be. Although useful over hurdles, Denman came into his own over fences, and capped off a stunning novice chasing season by winning the RSA Chase by ten lengths, landing a big gamble and finishing the season unbeaten in the process. Denman would continue to progress the following season, winning the race now known as the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and extending his unbeaten run over fences by lowering the colours of the great Kauto Star in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Denman would subsequently suffer heart problems, something which marred his 2008-09 season, but he finished a brave second to Kauto Star in the 2009 Gold Cup nonetheless, and roared back to form in the 2009 Ladbrokes Trophy, giving away mountains of weight away to the field in the progress. That would prove to be Denman’s final victory, but he would continue to win the hearts of everyone in racing, finishing second in each of the next two renewals in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and settling down for one final tussle with his old rival Kauto Star in the closing stages of the 2011 renewal, before the pair were ultimately outmatched by the younger legs of Nicky Henderson’s Long Run. Denman’s final appearance ended on a low note, when pulled-up in the Aintree Bowl the following month, but he bowed out as one of the greats nonetheless. 

Are there any trials for the RSA Chase?

When noting down candidates for the RSA Chase, there are a host of staying novice chases that are worth keeping an eye on during the season, with the most important of those perhaps being the Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown, and the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot. Alongside these, it’s also worth keeping an eye on the Berkshire Novices’ Chase (Newbury), the Towton Novices’ Chase (Wetherby), the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (Cheltenham) and the Pendil Novices’ Chase (Kempton). Over in Ireland, it’s worth keeping tabs on the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, the Fort Leney Novice Chase at Leopardstown and the Floglas Novice Chase, which is also at Leopardstown. 

Who is the most successful jockey in the RSA Chase?

The most successful jockey in the history of the RSA Chase is Pat Taaffe, who has ridden four winners in the race, courtesy of Coneyburrow (153), Solfen (1953), Grallagh Cnoc (1961), Arkle (1963) and Proud Tarquin (1970). 

Who is the most successful trainer in the RSA Chase?

The joint-most successful trainers in the history of the RSA Chase are Fulke Walwyn and Willie Mullins, with four wins apiece. Fulke Walwyn’s four wins came courtesy of Mountain Prince (1948), On View (1951), Glenbeigh (1954) and Mandarin (1957), while Mullins’ four wins came with Florida Pearl (1998), Rule Supreme (2004), Cooldine (2009) and Don Poli (2015). 

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