The Brown Advisory Novices Chase Preview & Tips For 2024

brown advisory novice chase preview

Formerly known as the RSA Chase, we’ve taken a good look to provide you with a comprehensive Brown Advisory Novices Chase preview along with tips and key trends to help guide you through the race.

This race has served as a launchpad to Gold Cup success for renowned contenders such as Denman, Bobs Worth, and Lord Windermere in subsequent years.

It unfolds on the old course, spanning slightly over three miles with twenty fences to conquer, typically taking around six minutes to complete.

Nicky Henderson holds the record for the most wins in this race with four triumphs, closely trailed by Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls, each with three victories.

Horses descended from either Oscar or Presenting lineage have clinched the title four times collectively.

Bostons Angel secured the title in 2011 as the highest-priced winner over the past decade at 16/1 odds. The victor typically emerges as a favourite, with the last four winners all priced at no more than 4/1 in the betting.

With the sole exception of Don Poli in the past decade, winners have predominantly been aged seven or eight.

Gordon Elliott has yet to clinch victory in this race, warranting caution when considering his entries.

Previous Winners of the Brown Advisory Novices Chase

Runners To Watch

Below is the Brown Advisory Novices Chase preview for selected runners who hold entries for the race in 2024.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.


Following his second-place finish in last year’s Champion Bumper, he swiftly transitioned to chasing.

Demonstrating prowess in recent small-field events, he notably emerged as the sole finisher in a Grade 1 match race at Leopardstown last month, with stablemate Gaelic Warrior performing below par.

While his jumping exhibits promise, there remains room for improvement, particularly as he ventures into unfamiliar territory over longer distances.

Nonetheless, his breeding suggests he possesses the stamina required for such challenges, hinting at the emergence of a formidable talent.


Stay Away Fay, the victor of last year’s Albert Bartlett, has seamlessly transitioned to fences this season, showcasing the anticipated development.

Triumphs at Exeter and Sandown over similar distances underscore his competence. Although he secured a commendable third place in the Cotswold Chase here recently, the rapid pace of the race wasn’t entirely conducive to his strengths.

To enhance his focus, cheek-pieces have been added for his upcoming outing.

If stamina becomes a pivotal factor, as it frequently does in this race, he stands as the primary contender to beat.


Monty’s Star, a relatively inexperienced contender, significantly elevated his performance by convincingly defeating the talented Three Card Brag at Punchestown in December, navigating both the distance and heavy ground with ease.

His flawless jumping and smooth traveling displayed remarkable promise, with indications from both his connections and lineage suggesting further progression as a staying chaser.

Should he successfully adapt his form to a left-handed track, his potential as a leading contender becomes undeniable.


American Mike secured second place in the 2022 Champion Bumper before transitioning to fences this season.

His victory at Navan in a maiden race in November was followed by a Grade 2 triumph over the same distance on heavy ground in February.

Despite his recent success, his jumping skills still require refinement, as evidenced in his most recent win.

However, facing tougher competition in the upcoming race, he will undoubtedly face a more challenging test. Nonetheless, adverse conditions pose no concern for him.


Giovinco, known for his robust traveling abilities, secured victories in two small-field handicaps this season.

However, in a Sandown Grade 2 race on soft ground in December, Stay Away Fay, whom he will face again, outclassed him over the same distance.

Giovinco faced a setback when he pulled up in the Kauto Star at Kempton later that month, his only other attempt at Graded level.

Barring a significant improvement in form, he is likely to compete for minor honours in the upcoming race

Ticks The Right Boxes?

2024 Brown Advisory Novices Chase Preview, Tips & Key Trends

STAY AWAY FAY could well prove the answer here.

He is proven over the course and distance and despite fluffing his lines in the Cotswold Chase over the course and distance last time, he was a resounding winner of the Albert Bartlett last season. He is easily forgiven that run.

Fact To File won a match race against Gaelic Warrior last time at Leopardstown where he probably looked more impressive due to the inconsistency of Gaelic Warrior who eventually unseated.

American Mike could also run a nice race at a decent price for Gordon Elliott. He is proven going left handed and has run well here before.

Although his trainer has an atrocious record in the race, he could well prove best of the rest.

Key Trends

  • The past 22 winners had contested a Graded novice chase
  • 16 of the past 17 winners had finished 1st or 2nd in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 novice chase
  • 6 of the past 14 winners had contested the previous year’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
  • The past 26 winners made their chasing debut before the turn of the year

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

  • Fact To File 8/11
  • Stay Away Fay 4/1
  • Monty’s Star 5/1
  • American Mike 11/1
  • Sandor Clegane 22/1
  • Giovinco 28/1



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