This race was formerly known as the RSA Chase and has been used as a stepping stone to Gold Cup glory in subsequent years by the likes of Denman, Bobs Worth and Lord Windermere.
It is run on the old course over a distance of just over three miles.
There are twenty fences to be jumped and it usually takes in and around six minutes to complete.
The winning most trainer in the race is Nicky Henderson with four who is closely followed by Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls with three apiece.
Horses that are sired by either Oscar or Presenting have won the race four times between them.
The biggest priced winner of this races over the last decade was Bostons Angel in 2011 who won at 16/1.
The winner is usually well found in the market with each of the last four winners being no bigger than 4/1 in the betting.
With the exception of Don Poli in the last decade, all other winners have been aged seven or eight.
Gordon Elliott/Denise Foster has never won this race so their horses should be avoided here.
Previous Winners of the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Monkfish – Willie Mullins
Has done nothing wrong this year and has taken to fences like the proverbial duck to water.
A wide-margin success over Latest Exhibition at Leopardstown last time should have left him pretty much spot on for this.
The step up to three miles in unlikely to cause him too much of an inconvenience particularly as he is seen as a Gold Cup contender for next season.
He won the Albert Bartlett last year, so he is proven at the track and Paul Townend knows him inside out having been on board for those last five wins.
He is likely to go off as a short priced favourite for this but he does look a class above and should take the world of beating.
Eklat De Rire – Henry De Bromhead
Eklat De Rire has won his last three starts including when seeing off Escaria Ten by almost two lengths at Naas in January.
He has looked continually progressive and has been partnered by Rachael Blackmore in each of his four starts under rules.
With him still being so inexperienced, that would be a major concern coming here and the lack of a previous run at the track will also count against him.
If the race cuts up he could be the type to fill one of the minor places.
The Big Breakaway – Colin Tizzard
The Big Breakaway has plenty of experience around here to call upon having finished fourth to Envoi Allen in the Ballymore last year.
He also won here on his seasonal reappearance when beating Doc Penfro by ten lengths.
He has finished runner-up in novices’ company twice since but those efforts came on munch flatter tracks.
He clearly appreciates the stiff uphill finish here at Cheltenham and has the ability to run on past beaten horses.
If there is a flaw in Monkfish, he could well be the one that exposes it and he looks a danger.
Sporting John – Nicky Henderson
Sporting John returned to winning ways following a near three-month absence in the Scilly isles Chase at Sandown.
The way he stayed on that day suggests this extra trip wouldn’t pose too much of a concern, but that has to be taken on trust.
Sporting John has form to find with The Big Breakaway based on their run here behind Envoi Allen last year and he is hard to make a case for.
Fiddlerontheroof – Colin Tizzard
Fiddlerontheroof was well fancied for the Supreme last year but was absolutely taken apart by Shishkin and Abacadabras that day.
He was beaten almost a distance and trailed in a sorry eleventh place.
After that, he enjoyed the summer off but he won a minor event at Chepstow on his second run back this season.
He has run in three subsequent chases and has ultimately come home empty-handed.
A huge improvement in form is required and this is his toughest task to date. It would be best to look elsewhere.
Dickie Diver – Nicky Henderson
Goes into this rated as the lowest rated runner on an OR of 142.
In terms of experience, Dickie Diver has only one chase start under his belt, also the lowest in the race with all other runners having had at least two trips over fences this season.
In comparison, Monkfish has three starts, with three wins.
A second place in a Class 3 race over 2m6f is a far cry from the Grade 1 trip over 3m in this race.
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2021 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase Tips
Monkfish really should take all the beating here as he looks to cement his claim as one of the best novice chasers around.
His win here in the Albert Bartlett last year will stand him in good stead and is an extra tool on his belt.
Willie Mullins won this with Don Poli back in 2015 and he can do so again with this improving seven-year-old.
The Big Breakaway can go well at a price and with Colin Tizzard now starting to hit top form, it would be no surprise to see him run well again here.
Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication
- 1/3 Monkfish
- 11/1 The Big Breakaway
- 11/1 Eklat de Rire
- 12/1 Sporting John
- 28/1 Dickie Diver
- 33/1 Fiddlerontheroof