Free tips Cheltenham Betting Tips 2020: Back Minella Indo For Big Festival Double in RSA Chase

2021 Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Betting Tips - Champion Day

With the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations now firmly behind us, the countdown to the Cheltenham Festival is well and truly on, and it’s the RSA Chase that comes under our scrutiny here.

Here’s our RSA Chase betting tips 2020…


RSA Chase Betting Tips 2020: Minella Indo @ 7/1 William Hill

Champ would surely have made it three from three over fences had he not fallen two from home in the Dipper Novices’ Chase on New Year’s Day, given that he was four lengths clear of the field and going okay. 

Apparently none the worse for that experience, Nicky Henderson’s gelding remains favourite for the RSA Chase in March and will probably have one more run beforehand, with the Reynoldstown one of several options under consideration.


Champ is the Early RSA Chase Favourite

While he’s yet to go further than 2m 6½f over fences, we know Champ stays three miles (the RSA trip), as he showed when winning over a shade further at Aintree last spring, and his trainer believes he would have won last year’s Albert Bartlett if he’d run in that instead of the Ballymore (second to City Island). 

Of course none of that escaped the attention of Cheltenham bookmakers, with no bigger than 4/1 available at the time of writing, and a better bet looks to be last year’s Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo, who can be backed at almost double those odds and could well be disputing favouritism on the day. 


RSA Chase Betting Odds 2020 – Weds 11th March 2020, 2.10pm


So who will win the RSA Chase in 2020?

The winner of his only point-to-point start in Ireland before finishing third on his bumper debut at the 2018 Punchestown Festival (City Island was second), the Henry De Bromhead trained Minella Indo had just four starts over hurdles last season, winning the last two.

An unconsidered 50/1 maiden for the Albert Bartlett, the son of Beat Hollow belied those odds to win with some authority under Rachael Blackmore (video below), and the partnership duly followed up at Punchestown, upholding the Cheltenham form in the process and showing it to be no fluke. 


An imposing sort who has always looked a mouth-watering prospect for fences, he lost nothing in defeat on his chase debut at Gowran Park in November, when only finding classy mare Laurina too good over an inadequate trip (2m4f) and giving the impression he would improve a bundle for the run. 

A drying surface (“good” in places) meant he was withdrawn from a Grade 1 assignment at Leopardstown over Christmas, and his trainer is now eyeing up a beginners’ chase at Navan on January 18th, for which he could be a short-priced favourite.

If successful there, he’s likely to go straight to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the scene of his greatest success so far, and this tough and dour stayer looks absolutely tailor-made for the RSA, which has fallen to a seven-year-old like him in ten of the last 13 renewals.

RSA Chase Betting Tips 2020 – Final Verdict

Champ is going to take plenty of beating at Cheltenham in March and RSA favourites have a reasonable record (3-9) in recent times, but Minella Indo was the dominant staying hurdler of last season and will surely scale even greater heights over fences.

Okay, there’s a case for waiting until bookmakers offer “Non runner No Bet” (NRNB) terms and both William Hill and bet365 are usually first up with that particular Cheltenham promotion.

However, he may well be a couple of points shorter than the current 8/1 by that time and, given all roads lead to the RSA with him, we’re pretty much assured of a run for our money barring any mishaps along the way.

The prospect of faster ground at Prestbury Park should hold no terrors either for him either as he handled ‘good to soft’ more than fine last year, and should it come up softer he’ll be in his element.


* RSA Chase betting tips 2020 odds correct at the time of writing

Image credit – Charles Dyer


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