The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase (named RSA Chase until 2020) is the showpiece steeplechase event for novice racehorses at the Cheltenham Festival, run over a challenging distance of 3 miles and 110 yards with horses required to jump a total of 19 fences. Red-hot favourite L'Homme Presse (9/4) was a comfortable winner of last year's edition for trainer Venetia Williams. Find here our Cheltenham 2023 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.
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Brown Advisory Novices' Chase Betting Preview
The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase is an ideal race for looking at potential future Cheltenham Festival champions, particularly as many winners of this contest have gone on to win the Cheltenham Festival's highlight - the Gold Cup. It's a Grade 1 chase covering three miles and about half a furlong, for horses aged five years and upwards. With a distance of three miles and half a furlong, horses need the same level of stamina to win this race that they do a Gold Cup.
With so many talented horses expected to run this race, solving the 2023 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase betting enigma can be a real puzzle.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Brown Advisory Novices' Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Brown Advisory Chase 2023?
Gordon Elliott's GERRI COLOMBE is unbeaten. He is three for three when chasing in the Robcour colours. The most recent of those wins came at Sandown in the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase where he edged out Balco Coastal and Thunder Rock.
Multiple Cheltenham winner SIR GERHARD (winner of Champion Bumper in 2021 and Ballymore Novices' Hurdle last year) recently made his chasing debut at Gowran Park and won the three runner race by a whopping 28 lengths.
THYME HILL has proven numerous times his staying power including in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Grade 1 at Kempton on Boxing Day where he got the better of old rival McFabulous. He is without a win at this track since 2019 and whis will be just his third start over fences.
Patrick Neville’s THE REAL WHACKER, who has an entry in the Gold Cup too, recorded two victories around Cheltenham earlier in the season including in a Grade Two at Prestbury Park on New Year's Day, when defeating Monmiral in the Paddy Power Novices' Chase.
Dan Skelton's GALIA DES LITEAUX was an excellent winner of the Grade Two Hampton Novices’ Chase at Warwick in January following a disappointing performance in the Kauto Star at Kempton the month before that. She will be a real contended if the rain comes on race day.
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Olly Murphy's THUNDER ROCK made a fine start to the season, winning his first two chasing appearances by a combined 13 lengths. He finished 3rd behind The Real Whacker in the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, having jumped without his usual zest. He was last seen in the Scilly Isles at Sandown, finishing third again behind Gerri Colombe. The slower pace of the extended trip might surely allow him to jump with more fluency.
ADAMANTLY CHOSEN placed 11th in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle twelve months ago and he could only finish fourth in competitive handicap company at Punchestown six weeks later. This season he won his first two starts at Listowel and Punchestown but was underwhelming in the Drinmore, finishing 5th. Willie Mullins' charge bounced back to form with runner-up efforts behind Gerri Colombe and Mighty Potter in Grade 1 company.
RAMILLIES has had just the two starts over fences. After winning a modest race at Thurles, he scored in a grade 3 at Naas which he subsequently lost in the stewards room.
I AM MAXIMUS and BRONN look beaten in this company.
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Brown Advisory Novices' Chase Trends
- 9 of the last 13 winners were in the top 3 in the betting but only five were favourites
- 8 of the last 23 favourites won
- 10 of the last 11 winners went off at single figures
- 14 of the last 16 winners came to Cheltenham off a top two finish last time out
- 15 of the past 16 winners have previously won a Grade One or Grade Two contest
- 11 of the last 13 winners ran over hurdles at the previous year's Cheltenham Festival
- 7 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham
- 8 of the last 8 winners were rated 150+
- 13 of the last 16 winners were 7 years old
Brown Advisory Novices' Chase Predictions
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2023 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase FAQs
What time is the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase?
The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase is the second race run on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Wednesday March 15, 2023 and the official starting time is 2:10pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase?
There are 19 obstacles to jump for the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase runners
What is the distance of the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase?
The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase is run on a distance of 3 miles and 89 yards
What is the prize money for the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase?
The total prize money on offer for the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £175,000.
Who won the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by L'Homme Presse at SP of 9/4, trained by Venetia Williams and ridden by Charlie Deutsch.
What weights are carried for the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase?
11 st 2 lb for five-year-olds. 11 st 4 lb for six-year-olds and up, with a 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase?
The jockey riding at the moment with the most wins in this event is Davy Russell, with three victories. Overall, Pat Taaffe is the most successful jockey having ridden four winners.
Who is the leading trainer in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase?
Willie Mullins trained a record fifth winner two years ago - one more than Nicky Henderson, who has three wins and three placings from just 11 runners in the past 10 years.