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RSA Chase betting tips, predictions, odds and free bets (DAY 2 - March 14, 2018)

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The RSA Chase is the showpiece steeplechase event for novice racehorses at the Cheltenham Festival, run over a challenging distance of 3 miles and 110 yards with horses required to jump a total of 19 fences. Last year the race was won by the Nicky Henderson's Might Bite at 7/2, ridden by Nico De Boinville. Find here our Cheltenham 2018 RSA Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.


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The RSA Chase is an ideal race for looking at potential future Cheltenham Festival champions, particularly as many winners of this contest have gone on to win the Cheltenham Festival's highlight - the Gold Cup. It's a Grade 1 chase covering three miles and about half a furlong, for horses aged five years and upwards. 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.

With so many talented horses expected to run this race, solving the 2018 RSA Chase betting enigma can be a real puzzle.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's RSA Chase 2018 and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

PRESENTING PERCY, trained by Patrick Kelly, has won two of his three chases so far. He was superb in a handicap over 3m5f at Fairyhouse as he won by 11 lengths carrying top weight.

MONALEE has won the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown last time out and was  a good second in the Albert Bartlett last March. He kicked off this year's season with a victory at Punchestown in November but fell next time out at the Christmas meeting.

BLACK CORTON has preogressed from novice wins at the likes of Fontwell and Worcester to a Grade 1 win at Christmas in the Kauto Star. He won a Grade 1 contest at Kempton last time out, with Elegant Escape runner-up. He loves decent ground, he has won twice at Cheltenham and has never fallen in 10 chases to date.

BALLYOPTIC is a very good hurdler who have not set the world alight in the novice chase ranks this year and has been beaten by Black Corton on more than one occasion.

Willie Mullins' AL BOUM PHOTO is a consistent performer. He ran the worst race of his career when fifth on good to yielding ground at Punchestown last year. He was unlucky at Limerick at Christmas and stayed on really well at Leopardstown on his last start behind Monalee.

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DOUNIKOS was nothing more than a moderate hurdler and produced a shock when winning on his chasing debut but proved it was no fluke when winning second time up and he improved his form yet again when fourth behind Monalee in a Grade 1 last time out.

ELEGANT ESCAPE has run four terrific races since going chasing this season. He ran twice at Cheltenham last season over hurdles in mid-division in top class company and has shown he has plenty of stamina.

Willie Mullins' BONBON AU MIEL was a good winner at Navan last time coming home clear of Turcagua, which was a decent effort. He jumps well and is progressive over fences.

ALLYSSON MONTERG landed a gamble on first start for 15 months in novice at Exeter last time but this will require much more.

FULL IRISH looks to have no chance in this company.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

  • Sportingbet Betting BonusPresenting Percy  3.25Bet
  • Ladbrokes Betting BonusMonalee  4.33Bet
  • Betstars Betting BonusAl Boum Photo  8.00Bet
  • William Hill Betting BonusBlack Corton  9.00Bet
  • BetVictor Betting BonusDounikos  10.00Bet
  • William Hill Betting BonusElegant Escape  12.00Bet
  • 888 Sport Betting BonusBallyoptic  17.00Bet

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  • 5 of the last 11 favourites have won the race
  • 7 of the last 11 winners had won at Cheltenham before
  • The last 13 winners had either placed in or won a graded race before
  • 24 of the last 28 winners either won or finished second on their last run before the festival
  • 15 of the last 16 winners had previously had three starts over fences
  • There has not been a winner over the age of eight since 1992
  • 20 of the last 23 winners were contesting novice hurdles the previous season.


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