2019 RSA Chase - Santini has winning form on board for Cheltenham RSA Chase

Satini heads a strong market for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham
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2019 RSA Chase Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Date: Wednesday March 13, 2019 
Track: Cheltenham 
Distance: 4,901m 
Status: Grade 1 
Prize Money: £175,000 
Age: 5YO+

One of the great betting races during the Cheltenham Festival, the RSA Chase is eager-awaited in 2019 as bookmakers have released an even field.

Santini has attracted the most attention with bookmakers are being installed as the 4.00 favourite but there are a host of thorughbreds hot on his case. Delta Work, Topofthegame and La Bague Au Roi are all within striking distance of the talented favourite, but we're sticking with the odds here.

2019 RSA Chase Best Bet - Santini @ 4.00

The almost formidable Nicky Henderson lines up Santini, which doesn't have much of a career to speak of but he's on the way up and should be tough to hold out here.

He's a seven year old which comes into this having won at Newbury by four lenghts in a Grade 2 affair and although was susbequently beaten at Grade 1 level at Kempton, he didn't lose many admirers during that performance.

There's plenty of top types in the ownership and it would be a popular win for connections and punters.

Presenting Percy winning last year. (Getty Images)

2019 RSA Chase Best Each Way - Topofthegame @ 8.00

Only a youngter in the chasing scene, Topofthegame looks to have a nice future ahead of him and he has plenty of upside to come out of the Paul Nicholls stable.

He has yet to win a chase from three attempts but those have resulted in two placings and his hurdle and rules racing career stacks up for itself. He's a four-time winner and he was good enough to beat a field of 17 at Sandown earlier last year.

Chasing his is biggest fear but punters are getting value odd to take the risk on the seven-year-old son of Flemensfifth.

The 8.00 shouldn't last very long especially if Topofthegame produces some sound trial work in preparation for the RSA Chase.

2019 RSA Chase Best Roughie - Fabulous Saga @ 26.00

Fabulous Saga didn't do enough to muster a win in the 2018 Novices' Chase but he could return to score some Cheltenham riches when lining up in the 2019 RSA Chase.

Trained by master trainer Wullie Mullins, the seven-year-old hasn't had much exposed to chase racing but has shown plenty of ability during a limited career. He scored back-to-back wins when beating the likes of Delta Work (6.00) and Burren Life by an incredible 70 lengths in December 2017.

That form might be over 2 years ago but he's a class type on his day and we wouldn't put an upset result past him at big odds.

Daryl Curnow 15 February 2019

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