2021 RSA Novices' Chase Tips

The second Grade One on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the RSA Novices' Chase. First staged in 1946, the RSA is one of the most exciting races at the entire meeting. It's also one of the most important, as those who impress in the RSA often go on to take part in the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following season.

2021 RSA Novices' Chase Key Facts

Date Wednesday 17th March, 2021
Time 2:10pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 3m
Prize Pool £175k
Age 5YO+

2021 RSA Novices' Chase Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Envoi Allen 7/1 Betfair
Monkfish 10/1 William Hill
Latest Exhibition 16/1 William Hill
Fury Road 16/1 BetVictor
Diol Ker 20/1 Paddy Power
Thyme Hill 20/1 Betfair
Emitom 20/1 Paddy Power
The Big Getaway 20/1 William Hill
Bar 25/1

2021 RSA Novices' Chase Tips

Runaway Ballymore winner, Envoi Allen is due to go over fences next season and the bookmakers quickly installed Gordon Elliott's star at the RSA favourite. The top three from the 2020 Albert Bartlett follow the favourite, with Monkfish, Latest Exhibition and Fury Road all garnering some ante-post support.

We'll have a range of 2021 RSA tips up on the website when the new National Hunt season starts.

2020 RSA Novices' Chase Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Champ 4/1
2nd Minella Indo 3/1
3rd Allaho 5/2f
4th Battleoverdoyen 7/1
5th Aye Right 100/1

RSA Novices' Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m 5f
2:10pm RSA Novices' Chase Grade One 3m
2:50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m 5f
3:30pm Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade One 2m
4:10pm Cross Country Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 6f
4:50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Champion Bumper Grade One 2m

RSA Novices' Chase History

The RSA Novices' Chase has established itself as one of the most important races during the Cheltenham Festival. Staged on Ladies' Day, the RSA is open only to novice chasers and is run over a three-mile trip.

The most famous horse to ever win the RSA is undoubtedly Arkle. Tom Dreaper's superstar won the RSA in 1963, and went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times before his retirement in 1969.

Pat Taaffe rode Arkle to victory in the RSA. Taaffe remains the winning-most jockey in the history of the race, winning it for the fourth and last time in 1970 aboard Proud Tarquin.

Many future Gold Cup winners have followed in the footsteps of Arkle by winning the RSA during their first season over fences.

Tied Cottage won the RSA under Tommy Carberry in 1976 before winning the Gold Cup four years later. Garrison Savannah and Looks Like Trouble won the RSA and Gold Cup in back-to-back seasons during the 1990s.

Denman won the RSA in 2007, and lifted the Gold Cup two years later. Lord Windermere scored in the 2013, before shocking the sporting world by winning the Gold Cup in 2014.

1998 RSA winner, Florida Pearl didn't manage to win a Gold Cup, but Willie Mullins star won a hatful of other Grade Ones during his illustrious career. 

Alberta's Run and Don Poli won the Ryanair the year after winning the RSA. In 1992, Miinnehoma won the RSA at Cheltenham, before securing Grand National glory two years later.

Willie Mullins and Fulke Walwyn has both saddled RSA Novices's Chase winners on four occasions.

In 2020, Nicky Henderson matched their total in thrilling fashion, as Champ came flying home to snatch victory away from Minella Indo.

RSA Novices' Chase Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Champ
2019 Topofthegame
2018 Presenting Percy
2017 Might Bite
2016 Blaklion
2015 Don Poli
2014 O'Faolain's Boy
2013 Lord Windermere
2012 Bobs Worth
2011 Boston Angel
2010 Weapon's Amnesty
2009 Cooldine
2008 Alberta's Run
2007 Denman
2006 Star de Mohaison
2005 Trabolgan
2004 Rule Supreme
2003 One Knight
2002 Hussard Collonges

RSA Novices' Chase FAQs

When is the RSA Novices' Chase?

The 2021 RSA Novices' Chase will take place at 2:10pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 17th March.

What is the RSA?

The RSA Novices' Chase is a Grade One race that takes place on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. The RSA is open only to novice chasers and is run over a three-mile trip.

Who won the RSA?

Nicky Henderson's Champ flew down the home straight to pip Minella Indo to the post and win the 2021 RSA Novices' Chase.

Who's the favourite to win the RSA?

The ante-post betting for the 2021 RSA Novices' Chase is headed by Envoi Allen. Gordon Elliott's star enjoyed an unbeaten novice hurdles campaign last season, winning his second Cheltenham Festival prize in the 2020 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.

Where can I watch the RSA?

The 2021 RSA Novices' Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.