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The Festival Novices’ Chase Tips, Odds, Betting Offers & 2023 Preview

Over three miles the Festival Novices’ Chase is a gruelling test for a novice chaser. With 20 fences jumping accuracy is a must and those involved at the finish are likely to have a say in major chase races moving forward.

Previously known as the RSA Chase, and now with the additional name of the Brown Advisory Chase, the Festival Novices’ is essentially the Gold Cup for novice chasers and plenty of future stars have cut their teeth in this before achieving greater things. Read on to see on Festival Novices’ Chase betting tips, odds and offers.

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Race Details
When:Wednesday 15th March, 2:10pm
Distance:Three-miles & half a furlong
Race TypeGrade 1 Novice Chase
CourseOld Course
Weights:11st 2lb (5yo), 11st 4lb (6yo+), 7lb allowance for mares
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Festival Novices’ Chase Tips

A race that always throws up horses to watch out for in the future, potentially in the Gold Cup, but it is also a race that has a winner to be found on the day. It’s a great race for opinions this, and sometimes, the best horse in the race on the day, won’t be the one to take out of the race for the future.

We’ve got bets on the race for you to follow, with Charlie McCann’s horse racing tips and Alan Kelly’s horse racing tips available on their dedicated pages.

Check out the latest odds and all our Cheltenham day 2 Tips.

Festival Novices’ Chase Betting Odds

Gerri Colombe has been one of the real talking horses from Ireland and that has led him to become a strong favourite for this race.

Sir Gerhard is likely to go off second favourite, a high class horse but a horse that only has one run over fences under rules before this.

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More Cheltenham Tips from that day

Check out our predictions and tips for all the other Cheltenham Day 2 races:

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Betting Odds (March Update)

Hermes Allen, trained by Paul Nicholls, and part owned by ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, heads the betting for the Ballymore. He shot to the head of the market after winning the Challow Novices’ Hurdle in great style at the end of December.

He’s generally an 11/4 chance, and in behind second favourite is another interesting runner, Impaire Et Passe. He’s high up in the betting for both the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and this race, giving trainer Willie Mullins a real headache as to where he sends this runner, though this race does seem to be the first option right now.

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What Happened in 2022?

The Festival Novices’ Chase of 2022 was a real test of stamina, and the strongest stayer in the field, L’Homme Presse, thrived under these conditions. The withdrawal of Bravemansgame changed the makeup of the contest, but the winner was brilliant, coming away to beat Ahoy Senor by three and a half lengths.

The Festival Novices Chase – Key Race Stats

  • The finishing positions of the last eleven favourites reads as follows: 5,4,4,(2,4),1,3,1,1,3,3,1
  • As you can see the Festival Novices Chase betting odds market normally gets this race right and the favourite is generally on the scene most years.
  • Seven-year-olds have the best records in this race – 9 of the last 12 winners were aged 7
  • Recent winners to break that mould are few and far between, including Star De Mohaison (2006), six-year-old Don Poli (2015) and eight-year-olds Might Bite (2017) and Champ (2020).
  • Ireland has a strong recent record as expected but it’s fairly even between them and Britain, with Nicky Henderson having won this three times in recent years.

Previous Winners of the Festival Novices Chase

2022 - L’Homme Presse

2021 – Monkfish

2020 – Champ

2019 – Topofthegame

2018 – Presenting Percy

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When is the Festival Novices Chase?

The Festival Novices Chase is taking place on Wednesday 15th March at 2:10pm and it is the second race of Cheltenham Festival Day 2

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How far is the Festival Novices Chase?

The Festival Novices Chase, previously known as the RSA Chase is three-miles and half a furlong