The Turners Novices' Chase is the newest race at the Cheltenham Festival, added in 2011 and run over two and a half miles. The reason for the addition was to have a middle distance for the novice chasers. Bob Olinger (6/5) destroyed the field last year, beating 50/1 shot Busselton by a whopping 40 lengths. Find below our Cheltenham 2023 Turners Novices Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.
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The Turners Novice Chase was a brand new edition to the Cheltenham Festival in 2011 and was known as JTL Novices' Chase and Marsh Novices' Chase in the past years. Although young, the Turners Novices' Chase has quickly become an important part of the Cheltenham Festival and we expect to continue to see that over the coming years. It's a Grade 1 chase run over two miles and four furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards, with a prize money of £150,000.
The race will attract plenty of top-class horses as it falls between the 2 mile Arkle Challenge trip and the 3 mile RSA Chase distance.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Turners Novices' Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Turners Novices' Chase 2023?
MIGHTY POTTER is the odds on favorite to win for the Turners' Novices' Chase. Despite pulling up in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival last year, he has been heavily backed following a sparkling eight-and-a-half length victory in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Novice Chase at Leopardstown in early February. Prior to that, he also scored in the Grade One Drinmore Novice Chase on only his second start over fences, swatting away Gaillard Du Mesnil and Banbridge.
APPRECIATE IT chased home stablemate El Fabiolo in the Irish Arkle. He has Cheltenham form having scored in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 2021 and finishing 6th in the Champion Hurdle last year, his only appearance last season.
BANBRIDGE stayed on to finish second in the Irish Arkle, finishing ahead of Dysart Dynamo and Appreciate It on that occasion. He will attempt to reverse the Drinmore Novice Chase form with Mighty Potter.
STAGE STAR, a Grade 1 winning novice hurdler last season, looks the best hope for the Brits although he disappointed at Cheltenham 12 months ago as he pulled-up in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. He has won three of his four races over fences. Recently, Paul Nicholls’ charge won a competitive novice handicap over this course and distance in January defying the welterweight burden of 12st.
BALCO COASTAL won a competitive novices’ handicap chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and ran a cracker when chasing home Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase favourite Gerri Colombe in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase.
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Dark Horses?JAMES DU BERLAIS returned from a 612-day layoff to make mincemeat of his opposition on chasing debut at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day, coming home 15 lengths clear of Capilano Bridge. He is a very bright prospect but his fragility is a concern.
NOTLONGTILMAY, UNEXPECTED PARTY and CHRISTOPHER WOOD allo look beaten in this company.
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TURNERS NOVICES CHASE TRENDS
- 9 of the past 11 winners were priced 7/1 or shorter
- 11 of the last 12 winners finished 1st or 2nd last time out
- 10 of the last 12 past winners had run at the Festival before (5 had won)
- 11 of the last 12 winners were either six or seven years of age
- The last 11 winners were rated 146+ by the handicapper
- 9 of the past 11 winners had previously raced over fences between three and five times
- 9 of the 12 winners were Irish-trained
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2023 TURNERS NOVICES CHASE FAQs
What time is the Turners Novices' Chase?
The Turners Novices' Chase is the 1st race run on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Thursday March 16, 2023 and the official starting time is 1:30pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Turners Novices' Chase?
There are 8 obstacles to jump for the Turners Novices' Chase runners
What is the distance of the Turners Novices' Chase?
The Turners Novices' Chase is run on a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs
What is the prize money for the Turners Novices' Chase?
The total prize money on offer for the Turners Novices' Chase at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £150,000.
Who won the Marsh Novices' Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Bolb Olinger at SP of 6/5, trained by Henry De Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore.
What weights are carried for the Turners Novices' Chase?
10st 11lbs (4yo). 11st 5lb (5yo-6yo) with 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Turners Novices' Chase?
Ruby Walsh rode three winners in the last 10 years but he's now retired. Paul Townend took over Ruby's position, so he is one to follow. Davy Russell has won the race twice on Gigginstown House Stud-owned runners.
Who is the leading trainer in the Turners Novices' Chase?
Willie Mullins has trained the winner of the race on four occasions, including the three winners ridden by Ruby Walsh in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He very nearly made it five with Melon, who was beaten a nose in 2020. No other trainer has saddled more than one winner.