The RSA Chase is one of the feature races on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival and today we’ve asked Ash to take a look at the contenders, and pick out some RSA Chase betting tips for the 2020 renewal on Wednesday 11th March.
Despite possibly lacking the class brought by Topofthegame, Santini and Delta Work who lined up in 2019, and two of whom are towards the top of the market for this season’s Gold Cup, the 2020 RSA Chase still looks set to be a highly competitive race.
Champ currently heads the market at 10/3 (Paddy Power). It would be difficult backing him at this price and even more so should he end up shorter on the day after the interrupted preparation he has experienced. After falling at the last in the Dipper at Cheltenham on New Years Day, when looking all over the winner, he has since missed multiple intended prep runs and is instead, having to settle for a racecourse gallop. As talented as he is it is not difficult to look elsewhere when looking for a bet.
The horse second in the market is Minella Indo and he’s the selection for our RSA Chase betting tip this year. The lightly-raced seven-year-old would have to become only the second horse this century (after Don Poli in 2015) to win the race having had less than three starts over fences. However, when Henry De Bromhead opened with “Minella Indo is good” when talking of the horse on a recent stable tour, ears begin to prick up considering what he has trained in the past.
Minella Indo started the season with a second against Laurina over what would be his bare minimum trip of 2m4f at Gowran Park. He then landed the odds at Navan with a snug win in a beginners chase over 3m on soft/heavy. At odds of 2/5 it may have been reasonable to expect a wider margin of victory, however, Captain CJ who finished second in that race has since won a Grade 2 and did so in impressive fashion both visually and on the clock.
If anyone can win a race at Cheltenham with a horse having only had two prep runs it is Henry De Bromhead and he can do it again with Minella Indo after last seasons victory in the Potato Race (Albert Bartlett).
Further down the betting sit horses such as Alaho, who is yet to run at 3m over fences (his tendency to be keen in his races are a huge negative for a race such as this), Slate House who has the somewhat unwanted stat of having won the Kauto Star Novices Chase at Kempton – with no horse ever going on to win the RSA after winning that Boxing Day race – and Copperhead who would be greatly feared after his performance at Sandown in the Reynoldstown. He would seem more likely to run in the National Hunt Chase at this stage though.
Another horse who ran in the Reynoldstown, but failed to finish, was previously high on the shortlist for the RSA Chase and is potentially even more attractive now he has been eased in the betting after his Sandown flop. Pym was said to hate the ground at Sandown by Nicky Henderson and that a line should be drawn through that run. Being a small horse he should appreciate what will hopefully be better spring ground and prior to his Sandown disappointment, he had recorded a good win against the now favourite for the Novice Handicap – Imperial Aura. At 40/1 he is definitely worth an each-way bet for our RSA Chase betting tips.
Read More: See all of our Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips.
Minella Indo to win – 4/1 with bet365.
Pym each way – 40/1 with William Hill.
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