Cheltenham Wednesday 2.50 Odds – Can Champ prove himself to be no chump at 7/2 with 888sport?

Mighty Minella can outstay RSA Chase rivals

Cheltenham Festival

The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase can be a stepping stone to Gold Cup glory, though recent winners have not yet proved themselves top be at the top of the staying tree.

The 10 runners this year include three from the Willie Mullins yard and two from Nicky Henderson, who has won two of the last eight renewals.

RSA Chase Recent Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Age Weight Odds OR
2008 Albertas Run A P McCoy Jonjo O’Neill 7 11-4 4/1 149
2009 Cooldine Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 7 11-4 9/4 155
2010 Weapon’s Amnesty Davy Russell C Byrnes 7 11-4 10/1 152
2011 Bostons Angel Robbie Power John Harrington 7 11-4 16/1 146
2012 Bobs Worth Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson 7 11-4 9/2 151
2013 Lord Windermere Davy Russell Jim Culloty 7 11-4 8/1 145
2014 O’Faolains Boy Barry Geraghty Rebecca Curtis 7 11-4 12/1 144
2015 Don Poli Bryan Cooper Willie Mullins 6 11-4 13/8 156
2016 Blaklion Ryan Hatch Nigel Twiston-Davies 7 11-4 8/1 3 150
2017 Might Bite Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 8 11-4 7/2 154
2018 Presenting Percy Davy Russell Patrick G Kelly 7 11-4 5/2 158
2019 Topofthegame Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls 7 11-4 4/1 155

RSA Chase Trends

  • Each of the last 21 winners had made their chasing debut the previous year.
  • 82 per cent of the last 23 winners were Irish bred.
  • 90 per cent of the last 40 winners were aged seven or older.
  • 90 per cent of the last 20 winners had run at least three times over fences.
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RSA Chase Current Best Odds

Minella Indo 10/3
Champ 7/2
Copperhead and Allaho 9/2
Battleoverdoyen and Easy Game 12/1
Slate House 14/1
Pym 40/1
Aye Right 50/1
Castlebawn West 100/1
(Odds correct at 11.00 GMT, March 10)

Champ taken to live up to his name

Champ fell at Cheltenham in his prep race and was far from foot-perfect in earlier wins at Newbury but he certainly has an engine.
Second in last year’s Ballymore over hurdles at The Festival, he then won a Grade 1 over 3m at Aintree.
This will be his first run over fences over the longer trip and it may help his judge his fences better. Out to a general 7/2, is it a risk worth taking?

Allaho has untapped potential

After a couple of runs in relatively minor company, bookmakers don’t appear to know where Allaho stands in the Mullins pecking order.
It’s probably not wise to read too much into his defeat by Easy Game at Leopardstown but the general 9/2 gives little away in the company with his conqueror available at 12/1 with Unibet.

Indo out to record Festival victory number two

This is nearly always a war of attrition and MINELLA INDO may be equipped to cope better than most.
A best 10/3, Rachael Blackmore’s mount won the Albert Bartlett at The Festival last season and followed up in a Grade 1 at Punchestown when again beating Allaho.
Ground conditions are no problem and neither are fences judged on his two runs to date over the larger obstacles – he looks the one to beat.

Copperhead aims to strike a blow for the younger generation

The six-year-old Copperhead has made giants strides since winning a Wincanton handicap off a mark of 125 in December.
He was impressive in the Reynoldstown at Ascot last month but steps up another notch here.
While he is surely one to follow in the years ahead, this test may come too soon in his career and he’s only a best 9/2 with 888sport.

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