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The Turners Novices’ Chase was formerly known as the Marsh Novices’ Chase and before that the JLT Novices’ Chase. It is the youngest of the three novice chases at the Festival with this year being the thirteenth renewal. Ireland have an excellent record in the race winning eight of the twelve renewals including last year when Bob Olinger picked up the pieces when Galopin Des Champs fell at the last. Willie Mullins has won the race four times whilst Gordon Elliott has been victorious twice. They start on the new course here and race over 2M 3F 168 yards.

Once more we have a warm Irish favourite in the shape of Gordon Elliott’s Mighty Potter who has impressed in winning all three of his fencing starts including when coasting home in the grade one Ladbrokes Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival in February. He also has an entry in the longer Brown Advisory Novices Chase but if he comes here he is the one they all have to beat. Willie Mullins, as one would expect, has a hatful of entries at this stage including Arkle favourite El Fabiolo who is unlikely to run here and the similarly well entered up Appreciate It.

Maybe his most interesting runner is his dual Cheltenham Festival winner Sir Gerhard who’s only had the one run over fences when coasting home against two inferior horses at Gowran Park at the end of January. He’s entered in all three of the novice chases and even the stayers hurdle and he too would be a big player if turning up. Joseph O’Brien has his Banbridge entered and although he’s also in the Arkle this looks the race for him over the longer trip. He does however have something to find with the favourite on Fairyhouse form back in December.

Paul Nicholls has his smart novice chaser Stage Star entered (also in the longer race) and he shouldn’t be dismissed as an improver who currently is rated 152. A tough race to call with so many doubts over where horses are likely to run but is Gordon Elliott’s Mighty Potter turns up here he will be a tough nut to crack.

Punters Lounge Tip: Mighty Potter @ 11/8 at Betway - Click Here To Bet

by The Brigadier

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The Turners Novices’ Chase is open to horses aged five years and older and is run on the new course over a distance of two and a half miles. There are seventeen fences to be jumped and last year saw Bob Olinger make the most of a fall by Galopin Des Champs who appeared to be coasting to victory until sprawling onto the floor after the last fence.

There have now been ten quality renewals of the March Chase and eight of those winners were trained in Ireland. Eight of the previous ten winners had already raced at a previous Cheltenham Festival and seven of the winners had also won a Graded novice chase last time out. Willie Mullins has a fantastic record in the race having won it four times and last year Samcro became the eldest horse to win it at the age of eight.

Year Horse Age Trainer Jockey
2022 Bob Olinger 7 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
2021 Chantry House 7 Nicky Henderson Nico De Boinville
2020 Samcro 8 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell
2019 Defi Du Seuil 6 Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty
2018 Shattered Love 7 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy
2017 Yorkhill 7 Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2016 Black Hercules 7 Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2015 Vautour 6 Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2014 Taquin Du Seuil 7 Jonjo O’Neill Tony McCoy
2013 Benefficient 7 Tony Martin Bryan Cooper
2012 Sir Des Champs 6 Willie Mullins Davy Russell

Turners Novices’ Chase Runners

Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Turners Novices’ Chase. I shall provide some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.

Mighty Potter

Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey: Davy Russell

Incredibly impressive when winning the Grade 1 Novices’ Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival last month and put some eight lengths between himself and Adamantly Chosen. He was quietly fancied to run well in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and uncharacteristically pulled up. He has certainly improved for the switch to fences and he beat likely rival Banbridge by over eighteen lengths in the Drinmore Novices’ Chase back in December. No surprise if he were to confirm that form here.


Trainer: Joseph O'Brien
Jockey: JJ Slevin

Was a gallant second to El Fabiolo at the Dublin Racing Festival in the Irish Arkle last time out. Doing all of his best work at the finish, he hinted that he could yet again have a say in a race at the Festival. He stormed to success in the Martin Pipe last season and relished every part of the steep uphill finish. He has already taken a liking to these fences as he won a Grade Two race here back in November. He has an awful lot of work to do to reverse the form with Mighty Potter but he should go well.

Appreciate It

Trainer: Willie Mullins
Jockey: Paul Townend

Had been well fancied to land the Irish Arkle at the Dublin Racing Festival just last month but found very little for pressure. That was hardly an ideal preparation for this but as a previous Supreme Novice Hurdler he has to command respect at the track. The last time he attempted this trip was in a bumper at Leopardstown that he won, so maybe a return to it could conjure some improvement. He disappointed badly in the Champion Hurdle last season at the Festival. Even now tackling these fences, there have to be reservations about backing him.

Balco Coastal

Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Nico De Boinville

Outgunned by Gerri Colombe in the Scilly Isle Novices’ Chase at Sandown last month. A brave performance all the same, but Gordon Elliott should have a fair handle on how good that form actually is. Nicky Henderson won this race with Chantry House a couple of seasons ago, so knows exactly the right type of horse to send into battle here. Went well here in a Grade 2 Hurdle last season but disappointing that he hasn’t tried again since over fences and has been kept to flat tracks. May be found wanting up this hill at the end.

Stage Star

Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Harry Cobden

This looks to be a little above his paygrade having been placed in lesser company a couple of runs back. He is a winner of three of his last four races though including a novice handicap over this course and distance at the end of January. Will sure be there to pick up the pieces if there are any faults over the leading contenders. Will need a lot of luck to go his way.

Christopher Wood

Trainer: Venetia Williams
Jockey: Harry Bannister

Is without a win in over two years and it is difficult to see it coming here. He has finished second on his last two starts in much lesser company and this really will be an uphill struggle.

James Du Berlais

Trainer: Willie Mullins
Jockey: Daryl Jacob

Has been injury-prone since joining Willie Mullins back in 2021. He did make a winning seasonal reappearance at Fairyhouse in a beginners’ chase. That was followed up with a beleaguered effort at the Dublin Racing Festival, where he trailed in last of the six runners beaten thirty-one lengths. Needs a miracle to turn that form around.


Trainer: Laura Morgan
Jockey: Adam Wedge

Has not looked back since joining Laura Morgan and now comes here in search of a five-timer. Whilst he does deserve a shot in higher company, he may have bitten off a little more than he can chew here. He has won his last two races by a combined twenty-five lengths but this is very much a step into the unknown.

Unexpected Party

Trainer: Dan Skelton
Jockey: Harry Skelton

Was beaten twenty-four lengths by Jonbon in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown in December and has been well beaten in lesser company subsequently. Looks completely out of his depth here and will do well to complete.

Ante-post Prices

Evens Mighty Potter , 7/2 Banbridge , 4/1 Appreciate It , 10/1 Balco Coastal , 12/1 Stage Star , 16/1 James Du Berlais , 66/1 Unexpected Party , 66/1 Notlongtillmay , 100/1 Christopher Wood

Turners Novices’ Chase Key Trends

11 of the last 12 winners contested a Graded novice chase last time out

9 of the last 12 winners were trained in Ireland

11 of the 12 winners had raced nine times or less over hurdles.

Turners Novices’ Chase Tips

Mighty Potter has done nothing wrong in two starts this year and has made an effortless switch from hurdles to fences. His last two wins have been emphatic and if in the same mood, he will take some stopping here. He already has the beating of Banbridge and should be able to confirm that form here despite late support for the latter.

Appreciate It is also a talent on his day and if he were to recapture his best form, he could well provide the main threat. Both are rated some eight pounds clear of Banbridge who loves it around here but is often found out at this very top level.

Selection: Mighty Potter @ 11/10 with Betfred

All odds are accurate at the time of writing.

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