Brown Advisory Novices Chase Betting Tips

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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 Brown Advisory Novices Chase tips will be uploaded.

Last year’s winner was Patrick Neville’s The Real Whacker, ridden by Charlie Deutsch, who had gone off as an 8/1 shot in the Brown Advisory Novices Chase odds.

Brown Advisory Novices Chase Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

It’s exciting to look down the list of runners lining up in the Brown Advisory 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, The Real Whacker won last year’s renewal at 8/1, which gave punters plenty of value.

Looking back through the last ten years of Brown Advisory Novices odds shows that underdogs have a fairly good record in the race.

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 Brown Advisory Novices as the 2024 Cheltenham Festival approaches.

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

2024 Brown Advisory Novices Chase Runners + Odds – Wednesday, 13th March 2:10

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Gerri Colombe


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
Sir Gerhard


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
The Real Whacker


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Patrick Neville
Galia Des Liteaux


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Thyme Hill


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Michael Nolan
T: Philip Hobbs


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: B J Cooper
T: Willie Mullins
Adamantly Chosen


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Brian Hayes
T: Willie Mullins
Thunder Rock


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Adrian Heskin
T: Olly Murphy


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Daryl Jacob
T: Willie Mullins


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
I Am Maximus


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny Mullins
T: Willie Mullins

While punters have to wait until closer to the start of Cheltenham 2024 to know the declared line-up for Brown Advisory 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.

There’s no notable leader in the ante-post betting currently, but there are a couple who have featured prominently. The first of those is Gaelic Warrior, who was runner up in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival last year and made a hugely impressive debut over fences at Punchestown in November. 

Stay Away Fay won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle last season and will be a big threat in here if connections opt to send him for this. He also made a winning start to his chase career when battling to victory at Exeter in November.

Others like Klassical Dream and Grangeclare West are ones to watch in the market for the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase. 

How to pick a Brown Advisory Novices Chase winner

Keeping an eye on the Brown Advisory 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 Brown Advisory Novices, such as the favourite having won five of the last nine editions of the fixture.

Last 10 Brown Advisory Novices Chase Winner Odds

  • 2023 The Real Whacker 8/1
  • 2022 L’Homme Presse 9/4F
  • 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

In the last 20 editions of the Brown Advisory 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 Brown Advisory 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 nine female entrants in the last 20 renewals.

Those are just some stats that our racing experts will examine when making recommendations for Brown Advisory Novices Chase tips 2024.

All About the Brown Advisory 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 Chase.

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 Brown Advisory 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 Brown Advisory 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 Brown Advisory Novices Chase Prize Money in 2024?

The details of the purse for the Brown Advisory Novices Chase 2024 is yet to be released, but it is one of the richer races at the Festival. Last year’s purse was £175,000, with the winner The Real Whacker collecting £102,094.61. The rest of the payouts were: 2nd £38,964.64, 3rd £19,250.47, 4th £9,616.16, 5th £4,826.22, 6th £2,413.11 and 7th £1,197.48 and 8th £616.89. 

Brown Advisory 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 Brown Advisory Novices to go on and land the Gold Cup was Lord Windermere in 2014.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2023 The Real Whacker 8/1 Sam Twiston-Davies Patrick Neville
2022 L’Homme Presse 9/4F Charlie Deutsch Venetia Williams
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

Other Races on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival

Day 2 is Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham, and the Brown Advisory 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)