2022 Marsh Novices’ Chase Ante-Post Preview – Select The Brave At 10/1

The six-year-old Bravemansgame is a big player in the Marsh Novice's Chase.

The six-year-old Bravemansgame is a big player in the Marsh Novice’s Chase.

2022 Marsh Novices’ Chase Ante-Post Preview

Our expert has delved through the current state of play in the Marsh Novices’ Chase betting market, identifying a selection available at odds of 10/1! Check out their thoughts below, and why not also check out our Gold Cup ante-post preview.


Marsh Novices’ Chase (Thursday 17th March 2022)

There is a host of fantastic novice chasers across Britain and Ireland this season and none more so than the current market leader Bob Olinger for trainer Henry De Bromhead who is best priced at 9/4. The six-year-old was a breathtaking winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at last years Festival and is arguably one of the most exciting NH horses in training.

Henry De Bromhead’s charge returned this campaign with a comfortable success on Chasing debut and could be expected to improve further now switching attention to the larger obstacles. If putting in another scintillating performance over Christmas then there will be greater confidence behind the six-year-old in making it back to back Festival wins come March. 

Trainer Willie Mullins has won this event four times since 2011 and definitely knows the type of horse to win a race of this nature and he will be confident Appreciate It can be number five. Appreciate It was last seen dismantling the opposition when winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by 24l under jockey Paul Townend and looks tailor-made for fences. 

This former point-to-pointer won’t lack stamina, despite doing the majority of his racing over 2miles. We are yet to see him make his chasing debut but there will be some surprising faces if he doesn’t develop into a smart chaser. 

The British trained runners have had success in this race with Defi Du Seuil in 2019 and in last seasons renewal when Chantry House landed the spoils for Nicky Henderson. Smart novice hurdle performer My Drogo will be popular but has shown frailties in the jumping department already over fences when falling at Cheltenham back in November.

However, there has been no such issue with the jumping technique of BRAVEMANSGAME for Paul Nicholls who has looked a natural over his fences when scoring on chasing debut at Newton Abbot before showing his athleticism once again when cantering to victory at Haydock in November. 

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Bravemansgame has clearly improved for the switch to fences and connections have several options before aiming him towards the Festival, including the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase over 3miles at Kempton on Boxing Day. However, he last tasted defeat over that distance in April behind Ahoy Senor at Aintree and might be better suited over the slightly shorter distance.

The six-year-old has shown real fluency since going chasing and often puts many horses under pressure due to his economic style of jumping. If connections were to take on the likes of Bob Olinger in the Marsh Novices’ Chase then he appeals as a massive player at generous looking odds of 10/1.


Big Race Verdict

BRAVEMANSGAME – Marsh Novices’ Chase

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