RSA Insurance Noves’ Chase

The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase, which can be entered by horses aged five years old and over. The race is run on the Old Course, with 19 fences to jump. 

The RSA Chase is often seen as an ideal opportunity for staying chasers who will appear in races such as the Gold Cup, King George and Ladbroke Trophy (Hennessy Gold Cup that was) in the years to come. 

2.10 RSA Insurance Novices Chase  (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Steeple Chase Race

Distance: 3m 1/2f 

Age: 5 year olds +

Weight: 11st 2lb (5yo)  11st 4lb (6yo+)

Allowances: 7lb for mares

Prize Fund: £175,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Wednesday 11 March

Cheltenham (Old Course) 2.10: RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3m½f (ITV)


  • Nicky Henderson has won the race twice in the last 10 years, with the other races going to eight different trainers, five of them Irish


  • 7yo winners: 8
  • 6yo: 1
  • 8yo: 1

Official Rating

  • Seven winners have been rated 150 or higher, including the last five winners


  • Three favourites have won the race, three more have been second or third in the market
  • Three winners have returned double-digit SPs, the longest at 16/1

Form Pointers

  • Nine winners had already won a race in the same season, five had won two or more
  • Nine winners had won over the distance
  • Nine winners had previously won a chase, five had won two or more
  • Six winners had previously won at Cheltenham
  • Five winners won their preceding race, four more finished second and one finished third
  • Four winners had previously won a Grade 1 contest, three more at Grade 2 level
  • Only one winner had yet to win over fences

Racing Hub Verdict

1 Champ, 2 Minella Indo, 2 Allaho