StevieDay1983 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 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 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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