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RSA Chase 2019 Racecard

The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1 chase held over just over three miles (3 miles and 80 yards), and is traditionally run in March, on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival, the Wednesday. The race is open to novice chasers aged five and up, and during the race 19 fences are jumped by those taking part.

2:10

Wednesday 13 March

Distance: 24f 80y Age: 5yo + Prize: £175000 Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

FORM SILKS HORSE AGE ODDS
ENTRY JOCKEY & TRAINER WGT
jockey silks COUNT MERIBEL
11 stars
7 11-4
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1 J: Mark Grant
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Won first 2 starts over fences (second of which was at this course) but had limitations exposed at Ascot last time and faces another stiff task here.
jockey silks DELTA WORK (FR)
44 stars
6 11-4
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2 J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Won Pertemps at last year's Festival and already bettered that form in 3 starts in this sphere, completing hat-trick when taking Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December. Has potential for better yet.
jockey silks DROVERS LANE (IRE)
22 stars
7 11-4
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3 J: Sean Bowen
T: Rebecca Curtis
Progressive sort who has taken 3 of his 4 starts over fences, latest at this venue (20.6f) in December. May be capable of better yet and is well worth his place in this field. Has had wind operation.
jockey silks MISTER MALARKY
33 stars
6 11-4
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4 J: Robbie Power
T: Colin Tizzard
Likeable type who has progressed with each start over fences, latest when landing Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot last month. This is tougher, but he remains unexposed as a stayer.
jockey silks MORTAL (IRE)
22 stars
7 11-4
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5 J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
Won Fairyhouse maiden on chasing bow in December and ran creditably in Leopardstown Grade 1 events both starts since. Has something to find on form with principles here, though.
jockey silks NOW MCGINTY (IRE)
22 stars
8 11-4
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6 J: Tom O'Brien
T: Stuart Edmunds
Off the mark over fences at Chepstow in January and posted fine second to Mister Malarky at Ascot since. Should give another good account, but will need to find improvement to play a part here.
jockey silks ON THE BLIND SIDE (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-4
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7 J: Noel Fehily
T: Nicky Henderson
Smart hurdler who left his chase debut effort well behind when taking 7-runner novice event at Kempton in January. May have more to offer yet and has to enter calculations.
jockey silks SANTINI
33 stars
7 11-4
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8 J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Smart performer over hurdles who has taken well to fences, scoring at Newbury before creditable third in Kauto Star Chase at Kempton over Xmas. This stiffer test will suit and he must be respected.
jockey silks THE WORLDS END (IRE)
22 stars
8 11-4
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9 J: Paddy Brennan
T: Tom George
Emphatic winner of a novice chase here in December and likely unsuited by track when well beaten at Kempton next time. However, percentage call is to look elsewhere. Wears first-time cheekpieces.
jockey silks TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE)
55 stars
7 11-4
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10 J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
Quickly matched smart hurdling form (just denied in last year's Coral Cup) when second in Kauto Star Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Should be plenty more to come and is a big player.
jockey silks TOP VILLE BEN (IRE)
11 stars
7 11-4
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11 J: Sean Quinlan
T: Philip Kirby
Jumped soundly under positive tactics when taking first 2 starts over fences, but was below that level when last of 5 to Mister Malarky at Ascot latest and has a bit to prove now.
jockey silks DRINKS INTERVAL
11 stars
7 10-11
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12 J: Richard Johnson
T: Colin Tizzard
Three-time winner over fences but was disappointing at Doncaster when last seen in December and looks up against in this company.

Analyst's Verdict

TOPOFTHEGAME has shaped really well on both starts over fences, looking all over the winner until inexperience seemingly got the better of him at Kempton last time. Further improvement looks assured and he can land the spoils. Delta Work has barely put a foot wrong since switched to the larger obstacles and is feared most, whilst Santini will appreciate the recent rain and is also respected.

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Established in 1946, the race was originally known as the Broadway Novices’ Chase, but since the mid-1960s it has had several sponsors, including the Tote, under whom it was called the Totalisator Champion Novices’ Chase.

The race’s present sponsor, RSA Insurance Group, are long-term backers, sponsoring it in their original form as Sun Alliance from 1974-1996, and latterly as Royal & Sun Alliance from 1996 onwards.

The race is seen as a stepping stone to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and several horses have won both races over the years.

The last winner of the RSA Chase to go on win the Cheltenham Gold Cup was the Jim Culloty-trained Lord Windermere , who won the RSA in 2013 and followed up in the Gold Cup one year later in 2014.

Two other horses have achieved the same feat this century; the 2007 RSA winner Denman , who won the Gold Cup a year later, and the 2012 RSA winner Bobs Worth , who also obliged in the big one 12 months later, in 2013.

Perhaps the most famous renewal of the RSA Chase came as recently as 2017, a race which was ultimately won by Might Bite but involved a dramatic finish.

The Nicky Henderson -trained Might Bite jumped the final flight ten lengths clear before veering badly right and being overtaken by stable-mate Whisper, only to rally and retake the lead on the line, coming out on top in a photo finish.

Might Bite subsequently featured in a thrilling renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup a year later, just losing out to the Colin Tizzard -trained Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson .

The joint-leading trainers in the RSA Chase are Fulke Walwyn and Willie Mullins , both with four winners.

Walwyn’s four victories came with Mountain Prince (1948, div. 2), On View (1951), Glenbeigh (1954) and Mandarin (1957), whilst Mullins’ four wins in the RSA Chase were with Florida Pearl (1998), Rule Supreme (2004), Cooldine (2009) and Don Poli (2015).

The leading jockey in the RSA Chase is Pat Taaffe, with five winners. Pat Taaffe’s five winners in the RSA Chase were Coneyburrow (1953), Solfen (1960), Grallagh Cnoc (1961), Arkle (1963) and Proud Tarquin (1970).

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RSA Chase 2019 FAQs

What is the distance of the RSA Chase?

3 miles and 89 yards

How many fences are jumped in the RSA Chase?

19

What day of the festival is the RSA Chase?

Day 2

What time is the RSA Chase?

14:10

What weights are carried for the RSA Chase?

11 st 2 lb for five-year-olds. 11 st 4 lb for six-year-olds and up. 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the RSA Chase?

£175,000 (2018)

Who is the leading jockey in the RSA Chase*?

Pat Taaffe, with five wins

Who is the leading trainer in the RSA Chase*?

Fulke Walwyn and Willie Mullins, both with four wins

Who won the RSA Chase?

You can check out our RSA Chase results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the RSA Chase?

Click the link to visit our RSA Chase Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1946

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