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. Chantry House (9/1) was a shock winner of the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase, as red hot favourite Envoi Allen (4/9) was an early faller. Find below our Cheltenham 2022 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 2022?
Only 4 horses have been decalred for this year's edition.
BOB OLINGER, last year’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle hero, is the red hot favourite for this race. The Robcour-owned seven-year-old has always looked a chaser and it was no surprise when connections decided it was time to tackle fences. He has won his first two starts over the larger obstacles with relative ease. After a six-and-a-half length victory on debut in a beginners chase, Henry De Bromhead's charge then outclassed Capodanno in a Grade 3 novice chase at Punchestown in January.
GALOPIN DES CHAMPS won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle last March and followed up by landing the Grade 1 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last spring and a brace of novice chases this winter, including the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Novice Chase at last month’s Dublin Racing Festival.
EL BARRA, a stablemate of Galopin Des Champs, was a wide-margin winner at Limerick a week ago. He remains with potential, but he has lots to find on form with the two market leaders.
Joseph O'Brien-trained BUSSELTON is 3 of 8 over fances and enters this race fresh off a 4th place in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown last month. This is a big step up in grade of course and we expect him to contend the third place with El Barra.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
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TURNERS NOVICES CHASE TRENDS
- The last 10 winner had run at Cheltenham before - seven winning
- 4 of the 11 favourites won (1 was co-favourite)
- 10 of the 11 winners were at single figure odds
- 8 of the last 10 winners won, or were beaten no more than a short-head, last time out
- 8 of the 11 winners were Irish trained
- 10 of the 11 winners were rated 146 or higher
- 10 of the 11 winners were aged 6 or 7
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2022 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 17, 2022 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 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £150,000.
Who won the Marsh Novices' Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Chantry House at SP of 9/1, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico De Boinville.
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.