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RSA Chase

Grade 1 race
RSA Chase
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race type Chase
Sponsor RSA Insurance Group
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 3m ½f (4,929 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 3 lb (5yo);
11 st 4 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse £150,000 (2010)
1st: £85,515

The RSA Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles and 110 yards (4,929 metres), and during its running there are nineteen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.



The event was formerly known as the Broadway Novices' Chase, but since the mid 1960s it has been run under various sponsored titles. From 1964 to 1973 it was sponsored by the Tote, and it was called the Totalisator Champion Novices' Chase. Since then it has been backed by its present sponsor, RSA Insurance Group, and its predecessors Sun Alliance (1974–1996) and Royal & SunAlliance (1997–2008).

Several winners of the race have subsequently achieved victory in the most prestigious chase in the National Hunt calendar, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The most recent was Denman, the winner of the latter event in 2008.


Leading jockey since 1946 (5 wins):

  • Pat Taaffe – Coneyburrow (1953), Solfen (1960), Grallagh Cnoc (1961), Arkle (1963), Proud Tarquin (1970)

Leading trainer since 1946 (4 wins):

  • Fulke WalwynMountain Prince (1948, div. 2), On View (1951), Glenbeigh (1954), Mandarin (1957)

Winners since 1946

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
  • Separate divisions of the race indicated by (1) and (2).






1946 Birthlaw 11 Ted Vinall Tommy Rayson
1947 no race 1947 [1]
1948 (1) Blakely Grove 7 Joe Maguire Ivor Anthony
1948 (2) Mountain Prince 9 Bryan Marshall Fulke Walwyn
1949 (1) Glen Fire 6 Mr J. Spencer Syd Mercer
1949 (2) Comeragh 8 D. Kelly Noel Furlong
1950 (1) Manicou 5 Lord Mildmay Peter Cazalet
1950 (2) Arctic Gold 5 Glen Kelly Gerald Balding
1951 On View 8 Bryan Marshall Fulke Walwyn
1952 Good and Plenty 8 Jimmy Power Jack Fawcus
1953 Coneyburrow 7 Pat Taaffe Joe Osbourne
1954 Glenbeigh 8 Dave Dick Fulke Walwyn
1955 Great Eliza 7 B. Cooper Danny Morgan
1956 Polar Flight 6 Tommy Cusack George Spann
1957 Mandarin 6 Michael Scudamore Fulke Walwyn
1958 Just Awake 6 Arthur Freeman Peter Cazalet
1959 Mac Joy 7 Arthur Freeman Ken Bailey
1960 Solfen 8 Pat Taaffe Willie O'Grady
1961 Grallagh Cnoc 7 Pat Taaffe Joe Osbourne
1962 Caduval 7 Laurie Morgan Bogden Lubecki
1963 Arkle 6 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1964 Buona Notte 7 Johnny Haine Bob Turnell
1965 Arkloin 6 Liam McLoughlin Tom Dreaper
1966 Different Class 6 David Mould Peter Cazalet
1967 Border Jet 7 Josh Gifford Ryan Price
1968 Herring Gull 6 Joe Crowley Paddy Mullins
1969 Spanish Steps 6 John Cook Edward Courage
1970 Proud Tarquin 7 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1971 Tantalum 7 David Nicholson Michael Pope
1972 Clever Scot 7 David Mould Harry Thomson Jones
1973 Killiney 7 Richard Pitman Fred Winter
1974 Ten Up 7 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper
1975 Pengrail 7 John Francome Fred Winter
1976 Tied Cottage 8 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1977 Gay Spartan 6 Michael Dickinson Tony Dickinson
1978 Sweet Joe 6 Steve Smith Eccles Harry Thomson Jones
1979 Master Smudge 7 Richard Hoare Arthur Barrow
1980 Lacson 8 Steve Knight Bob Hawker
1981 Lesley Ann 7 Colin Brown David Elsworth
1982 Brown Chamberlin 7 John Francome Fred Winter
1983 Canny Danny 7 Niall Madden Jimmy FitzGerald
1984 A Kinsman 8 Geordie Dun John Brockbank
1985 Antarctic Bay 8 Frank Berry Pat Hughes
1986 Cross Master 9 Reg Crank Tom Bill
1987 Kildimo 7 Graham Bradley Toby Balding
1988 The West Awake 7 Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
1989 Envopak Token 8 Peter Hobbs Josh Gifford
1990 Garrison Savannah 7 Ben de Haan Jenny Pitman
1991 Rolling Ball 8 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1992 Miinnehoma 9 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1993 Young Hustler 6 Peter Scudamore Nigel Twiston-Davies
1994 Monsieur Le Cure 8 Peter Niven John Edwards
1995 Brief Gale 8 Philip Hide Josh Gifford
1996 Nahthen Lad 7 Warren Marston Jenny Pitman
1997 Hanakham 8 Richard Dunwoody Ron Hodges
1998 Florida Pearl 6 Richard Dunwoody Willie Mullins
1999 Looks Like Trouble 7 Paul Carberry Noel Chance
2000 Lord Noelie 7 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2001 no race 2001 [2]
2002 Hussard Collonges 7 Russ Garritty Peter Beaumont
2003 One Knight 7 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2004 Rule Supreme 8 David Casey Willie Mullins
2005 Trabolgan 7 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2006 Star de Mohaison 5 Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls
2007 Denman 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Albertas Run 7 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2009 Cooldine 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Weapon's Amnesty 7 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes

1 The 1947 edition was abandoned due to snow and frost.
2 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 60. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

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