Festival Novices’ Chase Betting Tips

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Monkfish ridden by jockey Paul Townend win the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase during day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

This Festival Novices’ Chase betting tips preview selects the top recommendations for the race, also commonly known as the Brown Advisory Novices’ and RSA Chase.

We will be picking the best of the leading contenders and some of the outsiders who could pose a challenge in the Grade 1 fixture.

The line-up for the renewal is not yet out, with declarations to come 48 hours before the off. So closer to the time of the Festival, our full array of Festival Novices’ Chase tips will be uploaded.

Last year’s winner was Willie Mullins’ Monkfish ridden by Paul Townend, who had gone off as a big favourite in the Festival Novices’ Chase odds.

(Tips to follow)

Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

It’s exciting to look down the list of runners lining up in the Festival Novices’ Chase odds to try and spot those longer-priced options which could steal the show.

Outsiders are a big part of Cheltenham Festival racing betting, and our tips for this one will include a thorough look at some dark horses.

As mentioned above, Monkfish won last year’s renewal at 1/4 odds-on, which didn’t give punters much value.

But a look back through the last ten years of Festival Novices’ odds shows that underdogs do come through.

Lord Windermere in 2013 and Blaklion in 2016 were both 8/1 SP winners of the Brown Advisory Novices’.

Then there was a bigger 12/1 winner cropping up in 2014 when 7-year-old O’Faolains Boy got his nose in front for trainer Rebecca Curtis.

So stay tuned for our top racing tips for the Festival Novices’ as the 2023 Cheltenham Festival approaches.

A look at this year’s underdogs will be available closer to the race.

Festival Novices’ Runners – Wednesday, 16th March 2:10

1 Ahoy Senor T: Lucinda Russell

J: Derek Fox

2 Beacon Edge T: Noel Meade

J: Sean Flanagan

3 Bravemansgame T: Paul Nicholls

J: Harry Cobden

4 Capodanno T: Willie Mullins

J: Mark Walsh

5 Dusart T: Nicky Henderson

J: Nico De Boinville

6 Farouk D’alene T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

7 Fury Road T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jack Kennedy

8 Gaillard Du Mesnil T: Willie Mullins

J: Paul Townend

9 L’Homme Presse T: Venetia Williams

J: Charlie Deutsch

10 Streets Of Doyen T: John McConnell

J: Simon Torrens

11 Threeunderthrufive T: Paul Nicholls

J: Adrian Heskin

While punters have to wait until closer to the start of Cheltenham 2023 to know the declared line-up for Festival Novices’ betting, the ante-post market is open.

It is not the final list, but it’s still worth exploring some of those priced up. In addition, yards generally have certain horses targeted for specific races at the Festival, and early entries can be examined.

Like Galopin Des Champs, who has been trading as a solid ante-post selection in the Festival Novices’ odds 2023.

He got off the mark in this sphere on his debut at Leopardstown at the end of last year, crushing a Beginner’s Chase field by 22 lengths.

Bravemansgame could potentially show up in the Festival Novices’ and put down a challenge, having won his first three goes over the fences.

Others like Capodanno and Fury Road are ones to watch in the market for the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase. 

How to pick a Festival Novices’ Chase winner

Keeping an eye on the Festival Novices’ Chase tips (formerly RSA Chase tips) that our experts put together can help drive your betting decisions for this Grade 1 Cheltenham contest.

Research of form and trends for the fixture is the way forward, and our tipsters take a deep dive into all that.

There are notable trends for the Festival Novices’, such as the favourite having won four of the last seven editions of the fixture.

Last 10 Festival Novices’ Chase Winner Odds

  • 2021 Monkfish 1/4F
  • 2020 Champ 4/1
  • 2019 Topfothegame 4/1
  • 2018 Presenting Percy 5/2F
  • 2018 Might Bite 7/2F
  • 2016 Blaklion 8/1
  • 2015 Don Poli 13/8F
  • 2014 O’Faolains Boy 12/1
  • 2013 Lord Windermere 8/1
  • 2012 Bobs Worth 9/2

In the last 20 editions of the Festival Novices’ betting, there have been 12 UK winners and eight from Ireland, with the French challengers having had their struggles.

Other trends include each of the last 20 winners having claimed their previous victory at a distance of no more than 3 miles and no winner in that stretch having fallen more than once in their career.

The Festival Novices’ betting scene usually looks at a large field, and all but two of the last 20 winners have been within the first eight in the betting market at the off.

This is a race for both male and female horses, but there has not been a winner produced from eight female entrants in the last 20 renewals.

Those are just some stats that our racing experts will examine when making recommendations for Festival Novices’ Chase tips 2023.

Festival Novices’ Chase Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds


J:Harry Cobden
T:Paul Nicholls
L’Homme Presse


J:Charlie Deutsch
T:Venetia Williams
Ahoy Senor


J:Derek Fox
T:Lucinda Russell


J:Mark Walsh
T:Willie Mullins


J:Adrian Heskin
T:Paul Nicholls
Beacon Edge


J:Sean Flanagan
T:Gordon Elliott
Fury Road


J:Jack Kennedy
T:Gordon Elliott
Gaillard Du Mesnil


J:Paul Townend
T:Willie Mullins
Farouk D’alene


J:Davy Russell
T:Gordon Elliott


J:Nico De Boinville
T:Nicky Henderson
Streets Of Doyen


T:Willie Mullins

All About the Festival Novices’ Chase: Past and Present

This is one of the Cheltenham Festival races that have been known by different names throughout its history, such as the Broadway Novices’ Chase and the RSA.

The current sponsors are Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable, so it’s commonly referred to as the Brown Advisory Novices’ or just the Festival Novices’.

This is an important race because it has a history of producing future Cheltenham Gold Cup winners.

This is a Grade 1 Chase which is open to runners 5-years-old and above, and it’s hosted on the turf of the Old Course at Cheltenham.

The distance of the race is 3m 80y, and there are a gruelling 20 fences that the runners face. The fixture is currently hosted on Day 2 of the Festival.

The leading trainer in the Festival Novices’ Chase history is Willie Mullins, who has produced five winners. Davy Russell is the most successful jockey in the last 20 editions, winning three times. The all-time leading jockey is Pat Taaffe with five wins, the latest in 1970.

How do horses qualify for the Festival Novices’ Chase race?

Both males and female entrants of at least five years of age can participate in the Festival Novices’. There is a 7lb mares allowance for this novices’ chase.

The weight for 5-year-olds is at 11st 2lb, with 6-year-olds plus at 11st 4lb.

What is the Festival Novices’ Chase Prize Money in 2023?

The details of the purse for the Festival Novices’ 2023 is yet to be released, but it is one of the richer races at the Festival. Last year’s purse was £131,250, with the winner Monkfish collecting £75,163.59. The rest of the payouts were: 2nd £29,134.22, 3rd £15,234.84, 4th £8,265.47. 

Festival Novices’ Chase Past Winners

This is a Grade 1 race, so there have been a lot of high-class winners who have gone on to bigger Festival achievements. Among some modern-day winners is the great Denman, who struck the win in 2007 and took the Gold Cup the following year.

The 2012 winner Bobs Worth won the Cheltenham Gold Cup after taking this race, and the most recent winner of the Festival Novices’ to go on and land the Gold Cup was Lord Windermere in 2014.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Monkfish 1/4F Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2022 Champ 4/1 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2019 Topofthegame 4/1 Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls
2018 Presenting Percy 5/2F Davy Russell Patrick G Kelly
2017 Might Bite 7/2F Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2016 Blaklion 8/1 Ryan Hatch  Nigel Twiston-Davies
2015 Don Poli 13/8F B J Cooper Willie Mullins
2014 O’Faolains Boy 12/1 Barry Geraghty Rebecca Curtis
2103 Lord Windermere 8/1 Davy Russell J H Culloty
2012 Bobs Worth 9/2 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Bostons Angel 16/1 Robbie Power Mrs John Harrington
2010 Weapon’s Amnesty 10/1 Davy Russell C Byrnes

Other Races on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival

Day 2 is Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham, and the Festival Novices’ Chase is the second fixture on the list. Here are all the races for Wednesday at the Festival:

13:30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

14:10 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)

15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase (Grade 1)

16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase

16:50 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)

17:30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)