BROWN ADVISORY NOVICES’ CHASE

The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase is better known to many as the RSA Chase or the Sun Alliance Chase. 

RSA Insurance (formerly Sun Alliance), sponsored the race from 1974 until 2020.

Originally the Broadway Novices’ Chase, its outstanding roll of honour features future Gold Cup winners including the great Arkle, plus Grand National hero Minnehoma.

Grade 1 | 5yo+ novices | Wednesday 14.10
3 miles ½ furlong | 20 fences | Old Course
Weight: 11st (5yo) / 11st 4lb (6yo+) | Allowance: 7lb for mares
Prize money (2022): £175,000 | 1st: £98,473

It is frequently referred to as the Gold Cup for novice chasers being run, as it is, over a distance of just over 3 miles. But, unlike the Gold Cup, it's run on the Old Course. 

The race has certainly been a natural stepping stone to the blue-riband event.

The last horse to complete the double was Lord Windermere, in 2013 and 2014 - after the likes of Denman and Bob's Worth

Minello Indo finished second in 2020 before winning the Gold Cup in 2021, while dual Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo fell two out while still in contention in 2018.

Don Cossack also fell in this race, in 2014, before winning the Gold Cup 2 years later.

Smaller fields tend to go to post nowadays since the introduction of the Turners Chase - which gives trainers the option of running their star novices over a shorter trip.

14 of the last 15 winners had finished 1st or 2nd in a G1 or G2 chase
10 of the last 11 winners ran over hurdles at the previous year's Festival
7 of the last 7 winners were rated 150+
17 of the last 22 winners were aged 7
7 of the last 22 favourites won

Graded form coming into this novices' chase appears to be essential, while course form is another strong pointer.

Indeed, the last four winners all finished either first or second over hurdles at the previous year's Festival.

Willie Mullins trained a record fifth winner last year - one more than Nicky Henderson.

Between them, they have saddled 5 of the last 10 winners.

Gaillard Du Mesnil is the only entry this year to finish 1st or 2nd over hurdles at last year's Festival (2nd to Bob Olinger in the Ballymore). 

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
7
159
11-4
2021
7
164
11-4
2020
8
153
11-4
2019
7
155
11-4
2018
7
158
11-4

RECENT WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
L'Homme Presse
Charlie Deutsch / Venetia Williams
9/4f
2021
Monkfish
Paul Townend / W P Mullins
1/4f
2020
Champ
Barry Geraghty / Nicky Henderson
4/1
2019
Topofthegame
Harry Cobden / Paul Nicholls
4/1
2018
Presenting Percy
Davy Russell / Patrick G Kelly
5/2f
2017
Might Bite
Nico de Boinville / Nicky Henderson
7/2f
2016
Blaklion
Ryan Hatch / Nigel Twiston-Davies
8/1
2015
Don Poli
Bryan Cooper / W P Mullins
13/8f
2014
O'Faolains Boy
Barry Geraghty / Rebecca Curtis
12/1
2013
Lord Windermere
Davy Russell / Jim Culloty
8/1
2012
Bobs Worth
Barry Geraghty / Nicky Henderson
9/2
2011
Bostons Angel
Robbie Power / Jessica Harrington
16/1
2010
Weapon's Amnesty
Davy Russell / Charles Byrnes
10/1
2009
Cooldine
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
9/4f
2008
Albertas Run
Tony McCoy / Jonjo O'Neill
4/1f
2007
Denman
Ruby Walsh / Paul Nicholls
6/5f
2006
Star de Mohaison
Barry Geraghty / Paul Nicholls
14/1
2005
Trabolgan
Mick Fitzgerald / Nicky Henderson
5/1
2004
Rule Supreme
David Casey / W P Mullins
25/1
2003
One Knight
Richard Johnson / Philip Hobbs
15/2
2002
Hussard Collonges
Russ Garritty / Peter Beaumont
33/1
2001

Festival Cancelled

2000
Lord Noelie
Jim Culloty / Henrietta Knight
9/2

Monkfish, winner of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 12 months earlier, survived a scare at the final fence in 2021:

A remarkable renewal in 2020 as Champ ran down the two Irish raiders Minella Indo and Allaho in an astonishing last furlong:

Topofthegame, 2nd in the Coral Cup under a big weight the previous year, beat Santini and Delta Work in a pulsating finish in 2019:

Presenting Percy followed up his victory in the Pertemps Final 12 months earlier, with a comfortable win in 2018:

One of the most memorable finishes in Festival history took place in 2017, as Might Bite rallied to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against his stablemate Whisper:

Blaklion provided local trainer Nigel Twiston Davies with a first RSA Chase win in 2016: