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RSA Novices’ Chase Tips - Three Horses To Follow

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 RSA Novices' Chase
  • The RSA takes place on day two of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Envoi Allen heads the current market
  • We pick out three horses to follow who could target a win in the 2021 RSA
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Albert Bartlett winner Monkfish (near, right) could be pointed towards the RSA in 2021. (Getty)

Once the winner of the Ballymore has departed the scene, many of the sport's most promising chasers will take to the track ahead of the RSA Novices’ Chase. The RSA is my favourite race at the Cheltenham Festival. It’s always a high-quality affair, and has regularly produced horses who go on to win Cheltenham Gold Cup and other high-profile three-mile chases.

2021 RSA Novices’ Chase Odds


Name
Odds
Envoi Allen8/1
Monkfish10/1
Latest Exhibition14/1
Diol Ker20/1
Thyme Hill20/1
The Big Getaway20/1
Bar25/1

Envoi Allen tops the betting for the Arkle, Marsh and the RSA for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Gordon Elliott said in an interview this week that the Marsh Novices’ Chase is his most likely goal. However, Elliott regards Envoi Allen as a future Gold Cup winner, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him stepped up to three miles this term, bringing the RSA firmly into the equation.

Yet, there are definite question-marks surrounding his participation in the RSA, so it’s not worth backing Envoi Allen in this market. Here are three horses to follow who could win the 2021 RSA Chase.

2021 RSA Novices’ Chase – Horses To Follow


Monkfish


Monkfish2021 RSA Novices' Chase Horse To FollowGET 10/1 HERE
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The Albert Bartlett was one of the most exciting races at the Cheltenham Festival this year. The top four horses in the betting prior to the off were the first to pass the post, and it was Monkfish who edged out Latest Exhibition, Fury Road and Thyme Hill with an excellent front-running display. 

This big, strapping son of Stowaway looks like he was born to jump a fence. He handles both good and heavy ground, and we known he can deal with the challenges posed by the track at Cheltenham. That was a very high-quality renewal of the Albert Bartlett. One of the best we’ve ever seen. I would be amazed if Monkfish didn’t win Grade Ones over fences, and the 2021 RSA Novices' Chase will certainly be his Cheltenham Festival target.

Emitom


Emitom2021 RSA Novices' Chase Horse To FollowGET 33/1 HERE
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I’ve long been a big fan of this talented gelding. Warren Greatrex has never shied away from the fact he thinks he’s a very good horse either. Emitom lost just once during his novice hurdling season, that coming behind Champ in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle. Greatrex’s stable star was then pointed at the Stayers’ Hurdle, but a summer setback ruled him out until the New Year.

Emitom produced a shocking display on his return to action at Cheltenham, but looked much more assured second time out at Haydock, as he romped to victory in the Rendlesham. Despite his troubled prep, Greatrex still took his chance in the Stayers’ Hurdle, and Emitom didn’t run badly at all, staying on to place a creditable fourth.

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Emitom (right) will improve for his first run over fences. (Getty)

After a problem-free off season, Greatrex got Emitom out nice and early this season. Although the favourite was pipped to the post at Uttoxeter, I thought Adrian Heskin’s mount jumped brilliantly, he just idled a little out in front, opening the door for Hurricane Harvey. I’m very confident Emitom will come on for that run, and stepping back up to three miles will certainly bring about further improvement.

That defeat has seen many bookmakers push Emitom out to crazy prices in the RSA betting, so I suggest you snap them up while you still can.

Longhouse Poet


Longhouse Poet2021 RSA Novices' Chase Horse To FollowGET 40/1 HERE
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I was really surprised when Martin Brassil entered Longhouse Poet in the Ballymore, instead of a run in the Albert Bartlett. This son of Yeats looked every inch a three-miler during the first half of his novice campaign, during which he secured some impressive results. Mark Walsh’s mount was very keen at Cheltenham, and after a shuddering mistake at the fourth-last, he soon weakened out of contention.

Longhouse Poet beat Monkfish in a bumper, and finished just two lengths adrift of Latest Exhibition in Grade One company at Leopardstown over Christmas. He’s a talented gelding with a point-to-point background, so I expect Longhouse Poet to take high order over fences when he returns to action this season. He could be a popular outside selections in many people’s Cheltenham Festival day two tips.
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