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Brown Advisory Novices' Chase

14:10 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-16

Winner: £98557.5

Runners: 9

Going: Soft

No. of hurdles: 20

Distance: 3m0f80y

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The Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (formerly the RSA Chase) takes place at 2.10pm on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival and is the most prestigious race of the jumps season for staying novice chasers. It is the novices’ equivalent of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and several winners have gone on to triumph in the Gold Cup itself in later years, including most recently Denman, Bobs Worth and Lord Windermere.

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Fury Road

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T: Gordon Elliott
8
11-4
160
168
Dual Grade 2 winner over hurdles, badly hampered and pulled up when second favourite for last season's Stayers'; similar level of form over fences, jumping well when winning Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown (3m, good to soft) in December; he's a player on that form but ran poorly in a similar event over 2m5f there in February; moving back up in trip should suit; respected.
2(0)
-F21F2
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Beacon Edge

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J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade
8
11-4
156
169
Best effort over hurdles when fourth in last season's Stayers'; has not quite reached that level in four starts over fences but he won a Grade 1 novice at Fairyhouse (2m4f, good) in November and ran well when a close second to Farouk D'alene in Grade 2 at Navan (3m, heavy) three weeks ago, giving that rival 7lb; place claims but others appeal more for the win.
6(0)
1-1221
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Farouk D'alene

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J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
7
11-4
151
166
Smart stayer who won his only point and has an impressive strike-rate (6-9) under rules; gave the impression there was something left in the tank when beating Beacon Edge narrowly in Grade 2 at Navan (3m, heavy; just as effective on good to soft) three weeks ago; may improve further but he'll need to jump more fluently if he's to follow up in this higher grade.
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Bravemansgame

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T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-4
164
177
A leading novice hurdler last term and he's made the transition to chasing without putting a foot wrong, winning four times; had too much speed for Ahoy Senor in Grade 1 novice at Kempton (3m, soft) in December and he improved further when conceding lumps of weight to three opponents in handicap at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) last month; has rock-solid credentials.
10(0)
-713R3
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Streets Of Doyen

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J: Simon Torrens
T: John C McConnell
8
11-4
140
150
Third in the Albert Bartlett 12 months ago but he hasn't built on the promise of a winning chase debut at Galway (2m6f, good) last summer; he was struggling behind Threeunderthrufive when refusing three out over C&D in November and this is an even sterner test of his credentials.
9(0)
6-1111
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L'Homme Presse

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J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
7
11-4
159
173
One of the success stories of the season, unbeaten in four races over fences; all those wins have come in clearcut style and been characterised by fluent jumping, including when he made all in 2m5f Grade 2 novice here (soft) in January; showed further improvement when landing the odds in five-runner Grade 1 at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) last month by 21l; shapes as if he'll stay 3m and this likeable 7yo may well extend his winning run.
8(0)
2-1333
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Gaillard Du Mesnil

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
6
11-4
148
165
Classy novice hurdler last term, winning two Grade 1s and finishing second to Bob Olinger at the Festival; hasn't yet hit the same heights over fences, although a third to stablemate Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown (2m5f, good to soft) last time represented some progress; has something to find with the principals but it's possible today's step up to 3m will suit.
11(0)
-21111
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Threeunderthrufive

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J: A P Heskin
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-4
152
167
Winning machine with records of 4-5 over both hurdles and fences; this season's four chase successes include a C&D win (good) in November and a comfortable Grade 2 win at Warwick (3m, soft; made all) in January; however, all have been in small fields and he may find it harder to dominate ten classy rivals in the highest grade.
4(0)
4-112U
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Capodanno

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J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
6
11-4
152
167
Progressed well over hurdles, signing off with a wide-margin handicap win over 3m at Punchestown (good to soft); made a winning chasing debut at Naas (overcame bad mistake two out) in December and he pulled well clear with the high-class Bob Olinger when second in a Grade 3 novice at Punchestown (2m4f, soft) the following month; needs to jump more consistently (came down early last time) but he's unexposed and commands plenty of respect.
1(0)
1-U121
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Ahoy Senor

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J: Derek Fox
T: Lucinda Russell
7
11-4
157
172
Created a striking impression when making all in Grade 1 novice hurdle at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft; beat Bravemansgame 7l) last April, galloping on relentlessly; has made a promising start over fences, winning Grade 2 novices at Newbury and Wetherby with plenty in hand; beaten by Bravemansgame in Grade 1 at Kempton in between; still relatively low mileage and has plenty of physical scope; no surprise if he posts a career best.
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13-11
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Dusart

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J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-4
147
156
Low-mileage 7yo; excellent third in Grade 1 2m novice hurdle at Aintree last spring; has landed the odds in small-field novice chases at Leicester (2m7f, good to soft) and Exeter (3m, good to soft) this year, jumping to his left each time; faces far sterner opposition here but he retains untapped potential and the switch back to a left-handed track should be in his favour.

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L'Homme Presse
Old foes Ahoy Senor and Bravemansgame meet for the third time, with the score currently one apiece. The latter has been the more professional over fences to date, jumping notably soundly, but the imposing Ahoy Senor has untapped potential and could produce a career best if getting into a good rhythm. It's unlikely that Capodanno has reached his ceiling either and he may emerge the pick of the Irish, but the claims of L'HOMME PRESSE are especially persuasive and he gets the vote. Venetia Williams' lightly raced 7yo has looked a complete natural over fences and can continue his winning spree on his first attempt at 3m.

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