The RSA Chase (2:40pm) is a Class A Grade 1 chase run over three miles and about half a furlong. It is open to novices aged five years old and upwards.
Until recently, shocks were often a feature of this event (formerly known as the Royal and SunAlliance Chase). Cheltenham is always a tough place for novice chasers, and the quicker pace of Festival races and the stamina sapping trip have all probably contributed to this statistic. They may also be the reasons why only Looks Like Trouble and Denman have gone on in recent years to win the Gold Cup