Cheltenham RSA Chase
There are twelve horses entered for Wednesday’s prestigious race at the Cheltenham Festival, although Delta Work looks virtually certain to go off favourite to win the RSA Chase and with good reason.
The six-year-old is unbeaten over three starts this season and his form has been rock solid after a November victory at Down Royal was followed by further wins at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown in December.
The only slight drawback is that all of these wins were on good ground as opposed to the softer turf we’re likely to see at Cheltenham, although we’re still happy to land odds of around 2/1 considering Gordon Elliott is renowned for training performances such as this one.
It’s also hard to see what beats the RSA favourite, with question marks over the fitness of Santini on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival even though Nicky Henderson has now reported a clean bill of health.
Topofthegame is the other horse in the race trading at a short price and the seven-year-old will be saddled by trainer Paul Nicholls, although two second-placed finishes doesn’t bode well ahead of this big race.
Delta Work won the Pertemps at last year’s Festival and could be set to go down the Presenting Percy route of eventually running in the 2020 Gold Cup, with the horse having taken very well to fences.
The money has spoken ahead of this Group 1 race and there aren’t many live dangers in the field with the exception of On The Blind Side who has to be respected and could help Santini due to stable connections.
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Delta Work to win @ 3.00 (2/1) with bet365