Cheltenham Festival 201813.03.18-16.03.18
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RSA Steeple Chase Betting Tips & Race Preview – Cheltenham Festival 2018

Jockey and horse at the RSA Chase - leading the race

The RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is always a race that many fans look forward to and could be the first glimpse we get of Gold Cup contenders in years to come. This staying novice chase race is an ideal place for potential Gold Cup horses to show us what they are capable of and many horses have won this race before going on to run well in the Gold Cup. The excitement surrounding RSA Chase 2018 odds is matched by the excitement in the betting market and many people will already have chosen their horse for the RSA Chase, such is the popularity of the event.

The betting right now shows many exciting names for RSA Chase 2018 and if just half of those horses turn up for this race in March then we are sure to see a great renewal of the race. With a distance of three miles and half a furlong, horses need the same level of stamina to win this race that they do a Gold Cup, which is why it makes this race an ideal preparation race for the big one in years to come. We have seen some thrilling finishes to the race over the years, perhaps none more so than last year’s dramatic finish between Might Bite and Whisper. With Might Bite close to the head of the Gold Cup market this season, it just shows how good you have to be to win this race. Let's check our RSA Chase tips.

RSA Steeple Chase Tips – Day 2, 14:10

Favourites Horse Odds Best Bookmaker RSA Chase Tips
#1 Monalee 16/1 Bet365 Read Monalee Preview Here
#2 Finian’s Oscar 16/1 Paddy Power Read Finian’s Oscar Preview Here

2018 Cheltenham RSA Steeple Chase Preview

Perfect capture of a race jumping over the fence at the RSA Steeple Chase

With so much good hurdle form and a wide spread of horses all with different backgrounds, solving the RSA Chase betting enigma can be a real puzzle. However, when watching horses hurdling you can usually tell which of them are ready for the big fences and which need to stay hurdling. You also need to find a horse that has done something in the past that shows you they are ready to handle this distance of over three miles and the test that brings.

A horse who looks tailor-made for fences this season is Monalee, who came a brilliant second in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle at the festival last season. He won two races last season, came second behind some impressive horses and being a point to point winner, he will love going back to the bigger fences. Anything this horse did last season was a bonus, his future lies over the bigger fences and we will see a lot of improvement from him because of that this season. Finian’s Oscar missed the Cheltenham Festival last season through injury but won Grade One races at Aintree and Sandown. He too is a point-to-point winner and looks set to improve again for the step back up to the bigger fences. Before delving into more RSA Chase odds, let's see the favourites.

RSA Steeple Chase Tips – Cheltenham 2018

Monalee, Favourite #1

Favourites Horse Odds Best Bookmaker Bet Now
#1 Monalee 16/1 Bet365 Bet Now

Monalee looks to be tailor-made for this type of race; he looks a strong stayer and one who will be more at home over the bigger obstacles. He showed a high level of form last season, despite running over smaller obstacles, which aren’t his strength and he is really expected to excel this season. His form from last season is very good despite that, and he stayed in very nicely up the Cheltenham hill to chase Penhill in the Albert Bartlett.

He won a Grade Three last season but fell just short when running against the best horse and because of that he could have slipped under the radar a little. When looking for a horse for this race you often have to ask yourself, could you see the horse lining up in a Gold Cup in two years’ time? The answer for us with Monalee is a definite yes, he looks tailor-made for the race and should go close. He could be one of the RSA Chase winners.

Finian’s Oscar, Favourite #2

Favourites Horse Odds Best Bookmaker Bet Now
#2 Finian’s Oscar 16/1 Paddy Power Bet Now

Finian’s Oscar missed the Cheltenham Festival due to injury last season, but he still managed to win two Grade One races, and come second by a short head in another. He has proven himself to be high class over hurdles and looks set to do the same over the bigger obstacles. He has only raced over two and a half miles so far, although has won a three-mile point to point and looks to be better the further he goes.

ALT: Jockeys handling a jump at the RSA Steeple Chase

It would have been great to see him at the Cheltenham Festival, but his absence from the festival and a lack of a course run makes him even more intriguing. He will be fine over the bigger fences and will improve for the extra distance that he is sure to be run over this coming season. He is another who would not look out of place lining up for a Gold Cup in two years’ time, just like Monalee and is topping the RSA Chase trends.

RSA Steeple Chase Betting Odds

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Bellshill 3 7/2 7/2 3 7/2 7/2 7/2
Might Bite 9/2 4 11/2 6 6 6 5
Coney Island 10 9 9 10 8 10 10
Alpha Des Obeaux 10 11 12 12 14 12 12
American 9 9 14 12 16 16 14
Disko 14 18 16 20 16 20 20
Royal Vacation 12 14 20 20 20 16 16
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Whisper 10 10 20 16 25 14 12
Our Kaempfer 16 16 20 25 20 25 25
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Might Bite 5 11/2 11/2 5 11/2 5
Coney Island 10 10 8 10 10 9
Alpha Des Obeaux 12 12 14 12 11 11
American 12 14 14 14 14 12
Disko 14 16 20 20 18 20
Royal Vacation 16 16 20 20 18 16
Samcro 20
Whisper 14 14 20 20 16 20
Our Kaempfer 20 20 20 25 22 20
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Cheltenham RSA Steeple Chase Winners

Nicky Henderson has a lot of good staying chasers and he always targets this race with the best that he has. We saw evidence of that last season when he trained not only the winner but also the second horse home. Elsewhere there isn’t a trainer who has dominated this race, such is the quality of all those taking part.

Last 10 winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2017 Might Bite N.de Boinville N.Henderson
2016 Blaklion R.Hatch N.Twiston-Davies
2015 Don Poli B.Cooper W.Mullins
2014 O’Faolains Boy B.Gerraghty R.Curtis
2013 Lord Windermere D.Russell J.Culloty
2012 Bobs Worth B.Gerraghty N.Henderson
2011  Bostons Angel R.Power J.Harrington
2010 Weapon’s Amnesty D.Russell C.Byrnes
2009 Cooldine R.Walsh W.Mullins
2008 Albertas Run A.P.McCoy J.O’Neill

Leading Trainers

Wins Trainer Years
2 N.Henderson 2012, 2017
2 W.Mullins 2009, 2015
1 N.Twiston-Davies 2016
1 R.Curtis 2014
1 J.Culloty 2013
1 J.Harrington 2011
1 C.Byrnes 2010
1 J.O’Neill 2008

Leading Jockeys

Wins Jockey Years
2 B.Gerraghty 2012, 2014
2 D.Russell 2010, 2013
1 N.de Boinville 2017
1 R.Hatch 2016
1 B.Cooper 2015
1 R.Power 2011
1 R.Walsh 2009
1 A.P.McCoy 2008

Cheltenham 2018 RSA Steeple Chase Race Conditions

Jockeys handling a jump at the RSA Steeple Chase

The RSA Chase is a great race on its own but it is such an important test for novices who want to be Gold Cup contenders that the race has added meaning to many people We have seen some great horses win this race or run well in it before going on to bigger and better things. To see how good this race is at producing future stars, just watch out of last season’s winner Might Bite over the next few years, he is going to be special.

The RSA Chase 2018 race is for novice chasers who are aged five or older and being over the distance of just over three miles, the race is tailor-made to show us what quality horses we have to look forward to. Horses who win this race are expected to go on and be household names of jumps racing.

The race conditions give us a great race to savour and one where we could see the next superstar emerge from.

Location Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham England
Race Type Chase race for novice chasers
Distance Three miles and half a furlong (3M ½ F)
Age Five years and older
Surface Turf