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Cheltenham Festival 2019
RSA Chase

Date: 03/04/2019

The Cheltenham Festival is now upon us as excitement continues to build. The National then follows with punters already looking for the latest Grand National horse racing offers that are available. Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival is Ladies Day, in which many people will be at the racecourse to witness the great Altior likely pick up another Queen Mother Champion Chase. However another race on the day that is set to be one of the most exciting across the four days is the RSA Chase. Here we cover the credentials of the three leading horses in the race.

Santini

The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old sits at the top of the market at a general 3/1 favourite. This is a surprise to many considering he was beaten last time at Kempton, but Cheltenham is certainly going to play to his strengths over that course. He has always been held in the highest regard but was beaten into third in last season's Albert Bartlett at the Festival.

Santini has won four of his six starts under rules, that includes an impressive four length success on his chasing debut. Being by Milan he is likely to continue to improve with age, and as long as he doesn't get outpaced, is sure to be battling it out up the hill at the end of the race.

Delta Work

Many people's idea of the winner for the race is the Gordon Elliott-trained six-year-old, Delta Work. He has been very impressive this season that includes a victory over Le Richebourg despite losing his irons jumping the last. He has been finishing off his races very well, which is going to be a huge positive for Cheltenham.

Delta Work is of course also a previous Cheltenham Festival winner having landed last years Pertemps final. He again showed his will to win their as he outbattled stablemate Glenloe up the hill. He can be supported at a general 4/1 for the race, which looks to be a fantastic price as on form he really should be the favourite.

Topofthegame

The final horse that must be mentioned is the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old, Topofthegame. He is a huge horse at 17.2 hands, who has long been muted as a future star chaser. Paul Nicholls has recently been talking him up as his most likely winner at the Cheltenham Festival, so he must have a fantastic chance of landing the race. He is currently a general 11/2 shot for the RSA Chase.

Topofthegame also ran well at last season's festival, so has experience of the course. This was a neck defeat in the Coral Cup when looking the likely winner up the run in. He again got outbattled when looking the winner most recently, when finishing ahead of Santini at Kempton. This would have to be a little concern as there will be no hiding places up the hill at Cheltenham. He still rates a very solid each way option in the race.

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