The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase stands as one of the pinnacles of achievement in the world of horse racing.
Formally known as the RSA Chase, it is held annually at the Cheltenham Festival and features the finest novice chasers from across the UK and Ireland.
Run over a distance of about 3 miles and 80 yards, this Grade 1 race is part of the Festival’s second-day schedule.
With plenty of challenging fences, the Brown Advisory tests the agility and stamina of horses and the skill of their jockeys.
For 2024, 38 runners have been entered, but this is a race in which there is a maximum of just 18. That means over the next few weeks, those entries will get whittled down until we get to the race declarations the day before the race.
As such, most odds that you see for Cheltenham Festival betting will be ante-post until much closer to the time.
That said, it’s still a great collection of horses to take a closer look at, so here goes…
Brown Advisory 2024 Runners
As mentioned above, despite 38 entries in 2024, only 18 can actually run, so this list will shrink with each declaration stage.
Horses & Trainers
|Fact To File
|Stay Away Fay
|Henry De Bromhead
|Walking On Air
|Favori De Champdou
|Il Etait Temps
|Henry De Bromhead
|Three Card Brag
|The Changing Man
Who Will Win In 2024?
Well, the first thing to note is just how few trainers actually make up the entries in 2024.
Ireland’s leading trainer, Willie Mullins, has 10 of the 38 entries in the race, including favourite Grangeclare West.
But before you rush out and stick your hard-earned cash on it, you should know that he has also been entered into the Turners and National Hunt Chase.
Stablemate, and second favourite in the race, Fact To File, is also in the Turners.
In fact, it’s a bit of a running theme in this race, with multiple potential runners also getting additional entries in other races in the Festival.
Facile Vega also featured in the list of runners has other entries in the Arkle and the Turners.
It’s a theme with Mullins horses that they get multiple entries with no real commitment to any of them until much closer to the races in question.
This doesn’t exactly help punters who fancy an ante-post flutter, but then again, that isn’t Mullins’ concern.
Weather, going, owner input, horse form and potential rivals all play into the decision as to which races they will ultimately run in.
Owned by Cheveley Park Stud, who are no strangers to the winners enclosure, Grangeclare West gave an excellent account of himself when he stepped up to the 3m mark last time out at Leopardstown.
It was his second chase and his second win, albeit only against a field of five. How he would cope with potentially 17 other horses around him remains to be seen.
Can Anybody Stop Mullins?
Despite having more than a quarter of the entries (26.3%), and the fact that he has won this race more than any other trainer, it’s not a done deal for Willie Mullins.
His last win in the race was in 2021 with Monkfish, and in 2024, Stay Away Fay from Paul Nicholls could be his biggest threat.
With two chase starts in November and December 2023, both of which he won, the Brown Advisory is looking like a real proposition for the seven year old.
But like so many of the other potential runners, Stay Away Fay has been given a triple go at Cheltenham. The other two options include the National Hunt on day one and, wait for it, the Gold Cup on day four.
Is Stay Away Fay a Gold Cup contender? The odds wouldn’t suggest it isn’t (50/1 at time of writing) so the Brown Advisory looks more likely.
Other potential winners include Corbett’s Cross, though he was well beaten by Grangeclare West last time out at Leopardstown.
It will all depend on which horses actually get declared. From there, the picture becomes a little clearer, and potential winners become more obvious.
Famous Winners and Their Impact
Is there a more famous winner of this race than Arkle? It was 1963 and little did anybody know that Arkle would go on to become a steeplechasing legend.
He then went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times in 1964, 65 and 66.
The 2007 winner, Denman, later won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and became one of the most celebrated jump horses.
Winner in 2012, Bobs Worth also claimed the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2013, showcasing the race’s significance as a stepping stone to greater achievements.
Can the 2023 Brown Advisory winner, The Real Whacker, follow in their footsteps? He has been given one entry for the 2024 Festival. You guessed it…the Gold Cup!