RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase Race Card

Brown Advisory Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Broadway Novices' Chase) (GBB Race)

1st
Charlie Deutsch

L'Homme Presse

Age: 7
Weight: 11.3
OR: 159
J:
 
Charlie Deutsch
T:
 
Venetia Williams
travelled strongly, jumped well, tracked leader, led and made rest from 7th, 3 lengths ahead 2 out, ridden after last, kept on well
2nd
Derek Fox

Ahoy Senor

Age: 7
Weight: 11.3
OR: 157
J:
 
Derek Fox
T:
 
Lucinda Russell
took keen hold, led, not fluent and headed 7th, not fluent 14th, lost second after 4 out, mistake and lost position 3 out, soon pushed along, rallied and left in second 3 lengths down 2 out, ridden and hung left final 110yds, kept on, no match for winner
3rd
Paul Townend

Gaillard Du Mesnil

Age: 6
Weight: 11.3
OR: 148
J:
 
Paul Townend
T:
 
W P Mullins
raced wide, held up in rear, steady headway after 3 out, shaken up when left in fourth 4 lengths down 2 out, soon switched left, not fluent and ridden last, edged left and kept on final 110yds, no match for first two
4th
Mark Walsh

Capodanno

Age: 6
Weight: 11.3
OR: 152
J:
 
Mark Walsh
T:
 
W P Mullins
didn't jump with fluency, held up in rear, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, rallied and went fourth before last, ridden and drifted left run-in, made no impression

Second race of ladies day

The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase is the second race on ladies day and following the Ballymore, is another Grade One, this time over fences.

The race is run over the old Cheltenham course over 3 miles and is open to novice chasers age five and older. The race is often seen as a steppingstone for the novices to the following season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is seen as the ultimate novice chasing test, with 20 fences of Prestbury Park to complete.

£98,000 is on offer to the winner of the biggest novice chase of the year.

History of the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase

The race was run in 1946 and was titled the Broadway Novices’ Chase however since the 1960’s has been known under a variety of different sponsorship titles. In 1964, it was taken over by the betting tote, who named the race for 10 renewals, calling it the Totalisor Champion Novices’ Chase.

It was then replaced by Sun Alliance, who named the race until 1996, when they merged with the Royal group and together, they named it until 2008.

Since then, it has been named the RSA, who are an insurance Group and they’ll continue their sponsorship in 2020.

The race is often seen to set up novice chasers for a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following season, with many going on to do so, the most recent Lord Windermere, who was victorious in this race in 2013 and went onto Gold Cup success the year after.

Recent years

The 2019 race was a memorable one as it was dominated by the front three in the betting, but it was Paul Nichols and Harry Cobden who were the winners, with TopoftheGame, giving Nichols a third win in the race.

Despite Nichols making it a hat trick of wins, like many other races at the Cheltenham festival, Willie Mullins sits at the top of the tree for most wins, with four to his name, the most recent one in 2015. He isn’t however alone, with Fulke Walwyn amassing four wins to between 1948 to 1957. The pair won the race with the following:

Pat Taafee:

Mountain Prince (1948)

On View (1951)

Glenbeigh (1954)

Mandarin (1957)

Willie Mullins:

Florida Pearl (1998)

Rule Supreme (2004)

Cooldine (2009)

Don Poli (2015)


Pat Taaffe’s four wins of the race between 1953 to 1970 mean he is the most successful jockey to have ridden in the race.

He could be joined however in 2020, with both Davey Russel and Barry Geraghty having both won the race on three occasions and they may well have live chances to make it four, so it’ll be worth noting who their mounts are.

As well as Mullins and Nichols, Nicky Henderson is also worth taking a close look at. He fielded Santini last year, who finished a close second and before that took the race in 2005 and 2017.

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