RSA Steeple Chase Date is March, 11, 2020
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Steeple Chase
RSA Novices’ Steeple Chase 2020 Summary from the Cheltenham Festival
On a good day for leading Irish owner JP McManus, Champ showed superb speed to somehow get up and land the RSA Novices’ Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Sent off at 4/1 for trainer Nicky Henderson, he had lofty expectations to live up to. Champ is named after McManus’ former retained rider and 20-time British champion jumps jockey Sir Tony McCoy.
Turning for home, the eight-year-old had plenty of ground to make up on front-running pair Minella Indo and Allaho. Although again not entirely convincing with his round of jumping, notably when pecking on landing two out, Champ demonstrated a real turn of foot to run on between the emptying the Irish horses to touch off 3/1 shot Minella Indo by a length. Allaho, the 5/2 favourite, was beaten a further length in third and this front trio pulled a further 22 lengths clear of previous Grade 1 scorer Battleoverdoyen.
There were tired fallers further back in the RSA Novices’ Chase. The way Champ came with a strong run in the final 150 yards or so up the famous Cheltenham hill showed scintillating speed at the end of a race over an extended 3m. A crack at the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup surely beckons now for Champ. Ante post quotes for next year’s Festival have him a 16/1 shot for the blue riband event of steeplechasing.
There will be no hiding place in a race as competitive as the Gold Cup, however, and Champ really looks like he will have to brush up on his jumping between now and then. Not even his superb flat speed may be enough to follow-up at the Cheltenham Festival come next year, but he is still learning to tackle steeplechase fences.
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The RSA Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase run at the Cheltenham Festival’s day two. One of the standout fixtures of Wednesday’s action-packed card, it has become a popular event with race goers and punters betting on the outcome across the country.
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RSA Steeple Chase 2020 Preview & Tips
Preview By Frank Monkhouse
Former professional boxer who is now a content writer specialising in sports and betting. Has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Coral and Betfair covering all manner of sports, from boxing and football to horse racing. A student of the formbook, he loved stats, trends, numbers and how they can guide punters towards a winner.
With over three miles and twenty faces standing between the starting field neatly positioned at the tape and a 2020 RSA Chase champion crossing the finish line, winning this marathon is certainly no mean feat. The honours roll includes some star names but the whopping £175,000 in prize money ensures a talented field will be in attendance for this year’s renewal.
The race has undergone a number of changes since its launch in 1946 when won by Borthlaw for Ted Vinall and Tommy Rayson. Who will come out on top and win what is sure to be a competitive renewal of this famous race? That remains to be seen but many leading bookmakers have already drawn up their antepost list, allowing followers to back their predictions with hard cash. Topofthegame lived up to his name when winning the 2019 version and it’ll be fascinating to see who can wrestle the crown from him in March.
Read our review of the RSA Steeple Chase 2020, including a complete betting guide, updated antepost market, past winners, handy trends, trials and the promotions you can expect to find.
Antepost Key Runners & Favourites
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival may still be many months away, but the preparation begins now. The start of the National Hunt season in the UK and Ireland means backers can begin jotting down their fancies, running through the form and picking their bets for March. The hard work done at this point of the campaign could land you a profit when things get serious.
Antepost betting continues to grow in popularity, with an ever-increasing number of players realising there’s real money to be made by getting in early and taking a punt on a horse winning a big race in the future. Bookmakers often make available their antepost prices up to a year in advance. When the results of a race are in the books it doesn’t take long for the odds to pop up covering next year’s renewal.
That is the case with the majority of races at the Cheltenham Festival. No sooner had the 2019 champion crossed the line than traders were publishing the betting for the 2020 racing extravaganza at Prestbury Park. They did just that with the Cheltenham RSA Steeple Chase, allowing us to predict which horses will run in the race and the eventual winner of this battle over three miles in Gloucestershire.
Below you’ll find the top rated runners in the antepost betting for the RSA Chase, why bookmakers are keen to keep them on side and their form going into the season.
This horse has been quoted in a few Cheltenham Festival 2020 races. It’s not that he’ll run in more than one race, it’s just traders and punters don’t yet know in which direction handlers will send him. If we aren’t sure which race he will run in, the money men try to cover all possibilities by offering odds on the most likely outcome. The Champ team have a few options ahead of them and it’s unlikely they have made up their own minds on which race to run him in yet, but there’s no doubt the RSA Chase will feature high on their list of priorities.
Trainers and owners will put their heads together over the next few months and work out which race gives Champ the best chance of living up to his name and winning, as well as which race carries the biggest prize money. Traders believe if Champ is sent into the RSA Chase he will take all the stopping and have priced him as favourite to land the title. For those who agree, the 5/1 offered by bet365 will be appealing and we expect that to attract a fair share of interest between now and the day of the race. The price should drop after his involvement has been confirmed, however, so the quicker you act the better the odds you’ll get.
Champ is owned by JP McManus and trained by Nicky Henderson. The seven-year-old gelding went into the season with a career record showing seven wins and three seconds from 10 starts and that really caught the eye of the money men who are desperate to keep on the right side of this contender. The thinking is, Champ has plenty of improving left in him and will hit his stride just in time for the Cheltenham Festival 2020. A talented runner and there’s still plenty in the price to merit an interest from backers. He’ll be popular in the RSA Chase betting.
Minella Indo (10/1)
The main danger to Champ’s RSA Chase title comes in the form of Minella Indo, according to bookmakers who have priced this one as second favourite. That will come as no surprise to followers of this horse, but he is double the price of the jolly and that proves traders just can’t see past Champ winning this. They believe the race is on for best of the rest and Minella Indo is one of the main contenders. Outside of the market leader this looks to be a wide-open contest.
The competitiveness of the betting for this race is interesting. Take on the favourite and you could back a runner at a nice price with every chance of winning the race. Remember, getting your cash down on a favourite, especially in the antepost market, doesn’t guarantee you a winner. Results over the years show Cheltenham is a bit of a graveyard for favourites. If you do oppose Champ with one at bigger odds you also have the chance of the fav not running in the race. You’ll then have a double figure selection backed in a race with no strong market leader. There’s money to be made in the RSA Chase if you’re willing to do the hard work and take a gamble on the antepost list.
Minella Indo is a six-year-old gelding owned by Barry Maloney and trained by Henri De Bromhead. He didn’t finish outside of the top three places in his first five starts, winning two, finishing second once and taking the bronze medal on two occasions. Improvement is needed if he is to challenge for glory here and Minella Indo has an important season ahead of him between now and the Cheltenham Festival. Results and performances in the coming months will decide which race handlers put him in or if they avoid the meeting entirely to allow him the time needed to continue his progression away from the pressures of Prestbury Park.
Another horse you’ll notice pop up two or three times when working through the antepost betting for the Cheltenham Festival. Connections will keep their options open before deciding the best race to enter Samcro in. You can back him in a couple of races and hope he wins to cover your costs buy it would be wise to wait patiently and listen out for any hints and RSA Chase tips. Read reviews and rely on the 2019/20 season form of Samcro before betting. This should give an idea of the direction connections are taking him, including which race he’ll run in at the festival.
All major bookies are in agreement, if Samcro is added to the final field for the RSA Chase he will go very close to winning it. That’s difficult to argue against as he’s a very talented runner who, on his day and with a career best performance, would have enough about him to battle past his rivals and claim a place in the festival winner’s enclosure. Betfair offer a stunning 16/1 on him doing just that and such a price is sure to catch the eye of value hunters. The reason that leapt off the page at us is because some firms offer just 10/1 on the same bet. That’s quite a difference.
Gordon Elliott’s seven-year-old owned by the Gigginstown House Stud won eight of his first dozen starts and finished as runner up on another two occasions. He began the 2019 National Hunt season with a win around Down Royal in a beginners chase over 2m 3f in November and that seemed to impress both bookies and backers. He beat a field led by Trappist Monk that day by a margin of 17 lengths, which is just outstanding. There’s more to come from this one too as he grows into the season and hits his prime.
We begin to get into the bigger prices now, horses the traders think could win the race if everything goes their way but rate it as unlikely. Battleoverdoyen is one such runner and can be found fourth in the betting with most firms, carrying a 20/1 price when betting at bet365. That is crazy as many of their competitors have the same runner at just 12/1. Back enough 12/1 shots at 20/1 and you will come out of the season smelling of roses, that’s for sure.
Another for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown, the six-year-old gelding won four of his first five, including victory at Galway in November when claiming a beginners chase over 2m 6f on soft ground. A leap up in class when entering the festival but his stats show he is heading in the right direction and has made a perfect start to the season. A runner with scope for improvement and we believe he’ll run better than the 20/1 odds suggest.
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Race Stats & Trends
- Leading jockey in the RSA Chase is Pat Taaffe who sat on no less than five previous champions and that record will take all the beating. We certainly don’t expect it to be passed anytime soon, that’s for sure. The first of those wins came in 1953 with Coneyburrow and was followed by Solfen in 1960, Grallagh Cnoc 1961, Arkle 1963 and Proud Tarquin 1970.
- Leading trainer is a two-way split between Fulke Walwyn and Willie Mullins with both currently locked on four titles. Walwyn won his four between 1948 and 1957 but Mullins is expected to move into a lead before too long. He had success with Florida Pearl in 1998, Rule Supreme 2004, Cooldine 2009 and Don Poli 2015.
- Age of the winners is another aspect worth keeping in mind and the trends make for interesting reading on that front. Each of the last two champions have been seven-year olds at the time of winning. Going back further and that stat gets stronger. Since 1999 – 20 races – we have seen a total of 16 seven-year-old champions.
- Jockeys with winning form in this race should be kept close and although the recent stats show a list of different names, one does pop up on a couple of occasions. That is Davy Russell who won on Weapons Amnesty in 2010 and then again with Presenting Percy in 2018. He knows exactly what it takes to win this race and will be popular with those who like to keep the stats close when making their race predictions.
RSA Steeple Chase Betting Offers
Here you will find a list of the latest Cheltenham Festival offers, including those covering the RSA Chase. As we approach race month you will see new RSA Chase offers and promotions begin to flood the market and bookmakers battle for your attention. Some of the deals that proved popular last year and you can expect to see them back again this time are free bets for new customers, enhanced odds on favourites, extra places each way on selected races, money back if your horse falls, free bets if you back a winner and cash back if your pick finishes second to the SP favourite.
RSA Steeple Chase Betting Guide
Below is a list of top bookmakers currently offering odds on the RSA Chase 2020 at the Cheltenham Festival. Keep this close and refer back when you are ready to place your bets. This will allow you easy access to the best offers and prices.
Our team of horse racing experts also offer their advice on how you should approach the festival, detailing betting best practices.
Look For Promotions
Promotions are an important weapon in your battle against the bookies. Major firms must offer a better deal than their competitors to stand out from the crowd and that’s great news for backers, especially heading towards Cheltenham. Some of the offers you can expect are price boosts, enhanced place terms, money back and free bets. These are available to both new and existing customers of every major online betting site.
Look For Better Odds
Best odds is something you should get with every bet you place, at Cheltenham or otherwise. When you have decided on the horse you want to back, you should then visit a respected price comparison website. There you’ll find a list of all odds offered on your selection, with top price in bold. The most generous bookie is the one you should trust with your stake money.
Enjoy Perks of Antepost Martket
Antepost betting gives backers the chance to get a better price on their runner by getting in early. The odds available at this stage will be much better than what is available to punters waiting until the day of the race. Antepost betting appeals to most shrewd backers but it is not without risks. The main one being you will lose your stake money if your horse doesn’t run in the race, either through injury or by entering another contest. Many prefer to wait until the non-runner money back promotion comes into play.
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RSA Steeple Chase Past Winners
Researching the form of the RSA Chase is a great way to help you whittle down the field and pick your runner. The stats and RSA Chase trends often guide backers to a strong selection and knowing the recent winners will boost your chances. Below is a list of the 10 most recent winners of this race…
Last 10 RSA Steeple Chase winners:
- Topofthegame – 2019
- Presenting Percy – 2018
- Might Bite – 2017
- Blaklion – 2016
- Don Poli – 2015
- O’Faolain’s Boy – 2014
- Lord Windermere – 2013
- Bobs Worth – 2012
- Bostons Ange – 2011
- Weapon’s Amnesty – 2010
What Happened in 2019?
Topofthegame won the 2019 running of the RSA Chase and he was a deserving champion. The Paul Nicholls trained chestnut gelding went into the contest on Wednesday 13 March as a 4/1 runner. He was ridden by Harry Cobden and that proved to be a winning partnership with the pair leading home a talented field by a ½ length from runner-up Santini.
Popular with backers on the day of the race, Topofthegame continued to attract attention right up until the off and it proved to be smart money. He was given a patient ride by his pilot, sitting in mid division and waiting for the right time to strike. That came when challenging at the last and he was soon running past beaten horses while bettering the main contenders for pace. There was a scrap for the line between Topofthegame and Santini, but we got the right winner in the end.
Paul Nicholls beat Nicky Henderson that day with Gordon Elliott back in third, DeltA Work crossing the line in the bronze medal position. There was little over two lengths between the first three finishers and followers certainly got value for money from that race. Let’s hope this year’s renewal lives up to the 2019 version.
RSA Steeple Chase Key Trials
In the run up to the Cheltenham Festival 2020 there will be a number of key trial races run, including for the RSA Chase. These give followers the chance to get an update on the form of the main runners in the antepost field. Below you’ll find a list of trials results which will be updated after every result. This can be used to check how your runner of choice has been performing this season.
Upcoming RSA Steeple Chase Trials
- Kauto Star Novices Chase – 26th December 2019