Festival Novices’ Chase

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RacecourseCheltenham, Old Course
Race Distance Approximately 3 miles & 80 yards
Entry ConditionsHorses aged 5 and over
Current Sponsor None
Date & TimeDay 2 / Wednesday 17th March 2021 / 15:30
Leading JockeyPat Taaffe with 5 wins
Leading Trainer Fulke Walwyn & Willie Mullins with 5 wins

The Festival Novices’ Chase is the 2nd race to take place on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. Day 2 is Ladies Day where both men and women traditionally dress to impress and enjoy a day of racing, fun and glamour.

The Festival Novices’ Chase takes place on the Cheltenham old course and is run over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 80 yards with 20 fences to be jumped.

The race was first introduced in 1946 as the Broadway Novices’ Chase but has had various names over the years due to sponsorship such as RSA Insurance up until 2021.

Festival Novices’ Chase Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2020 1st Champ 8 4-1 NJ Henderson B J Geraghty  
  2nd Minella Indo 7 3-1 H De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore  1 length
  3rd Allaho 6 5-2f W P Mullins P Townend  1 length
2019 1st Topofthegame 7 4-1 P F Nicholls H Cobden  
  2nd Santini 7 3-1 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville 1/2 a Length
  3rd Delta Work 6 15-8F G Elliott D N Russell 1 3/4 Lengths
2018 1st Presenting Percy 7 5-2F P G Kelly D N Russell  
  2nd Monalee 7 10-3 H De Bromhead H D Fehily 7 Lengths
  3rd Elegant Escape 6 9-1 C L Tizard H Cobden 7 Lengths
2017 1st  Might Bite 78 7-2F N J Henderson Nico de Boinville  
  2nd Whisper 9 9-2 N J Henderson D N Russell Nose
  3rd Bellshill 7 5-1 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh 10 Lengths
2016 1st  Blaklion 7 8-1 N A Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch  
  2nd Shaneshill 7 16-1 W P Mullins P Townend 1/2 a Length
  3rd More Of That 8 6-4 Jonjo O’Neill B J Geraghty 8 Lengths
2015 1st  Don Poli 6 13-8 WP Mullins B J Cooper  
  2nd Southfield Theatre 7 13/2 P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 6 Lengths
  3rd Wounded Warrior 6 12-1 N Meade P Carberry 1 1/2 Lengths

Festival Novices’ Chase Trends

  • 7 of the last 10 Festival Novices’ Chase winners were 7 years old
  • 9 of the last 14 Festival Novices’ Chase winners won last time out
  • 6 of the last 13 Festival Novices’ Chase winners were the SP favourites
  • No runner younger than 7 years old have won the Festival Novices’ Chase since 1978
  • No runners aged 9 or older have won the Festival Novices’ Chase since 1992

RSA Chase Betting Offers

Looking for Festival Novices’ Chase betting offers? Well, you’re in luck. Numerous bookmakers are running offers for the Festival Novices’ Chase and other races at the Cheltenham Festival and we’ve put together a list of all of them. The offers below apply to the Festival Novices’ Chase but there are many more available for other Cheltenham races.

Now is a great time to sign up to some bookmakers which you don’t have an account with yet as many bookmakers are offering new customers enhanced sign-up offers. If you are using your existing accounts for your bets on Cheltenham then you can still stake advantage of a number of betting offers such as price boosts, free bets, refunds, extra places, best odds guaranteed and more.

Click on a Festival Novices’ Chase betting offer below to read more or go straight to the bookie to claim the offer.