Cheltenham Day 2 Tips: RSA CHASE
RSA CHASE TIPS
Regular readers of mine will already know that Champ does not feature amongst my Cheltenham Festival tips. I’m not denying Nicky Henderson’s favourite is a classy horse, and three miles is certainly his best trip. Yet, I don’t think Champ is any better over fences than he was over hurdles. Plus, he’s shown a liking real liking for Newbury and Aintree, where there’s an exceptionally long run to the line. The Old Course at Cheltenham is completely different, and Champ hasn’t won on either of his outings around this track.
Allaho scares me, as he looks a Grade One winner in waiting. Something is telling me, though, that Willie Mullins may choose the Marsh Novices’ Chase over the RSA. Copperhead is another looming danger in the betting. Yet, MINELLA INDO has been my long-term fancy for this three-miler throughout the season, and I see no reason why I should desert last year’s Albert Bartlett winner.
Those who suggested his victory at last year’s Festival – where Minella Indo started with odds of 66/1 – was a fluke were made to eat their words at Punchestown. Henry De Bromhead’s star followed up with a second Grade One triumph, again beating Allaho to end his novice hurdles season on a high.
I will admit, the results Minella Indo has secured over fences don’t look overly impressive. The form of his loss to Laurina has taken a nose dive, but Rachael Blackmore’s mount jumped and travelled well over an inferior trip that day. Minella Indo got off the mark in another novice contest, beating a future Grade Two winner in Captain CJ. Quotes from Henry De Bromhead’s stable tour suggest the team are confident, and I’m sure Minella Indo will produce a big performance on his return to Prestbury Park.
I’d also like to include PYM in my Cheltenham Festival day two tips. Up-until the Reynoldstown, Nicky Henderson’s charge had done nothing wrong. Nico De Boinville’s mount clearly hated the ground and weather conditions that day at Ascot. He never travelled with any of his usual zest, and De Boinville did the right thing to pull Pym up down the back-straight. Henderson’s charge has won well around Cheltenham this term and the better the ground, the better his chances. He looks a fantastic each-way Cheltenham Festival tip on his current 40/1 price with Betway.
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RSA Novices’ Chase
Some would say that, along with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the RSA Novices’ Chase is the most important contest for novices during the entire Cheltenham Festival. Any horse hoping to claim victory in the RSA will have to be a tip-top jumper and many of its winners have gone to taste big-race glory in subsequent seasons. Our team of experts will be attempting to identify this year’s winner with their Cheltenham day 2 tips.
Arkle came to Cheltenham to win the RSA in 1963 and he was followed into the winners’ enclosure by fellow future Gold Cup winners like Lord Windemere, Bob’s Worth and Denman.
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