Turners Novices Chase Odds 2022
Cheltenham Festival 2022
The Turners Novices Chase is a two and a half mile race which is currently held on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. It was introduced as the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase in 2011 and replaced a novices handicap over the same distance. Irish trainers have enjoyed great success here with eight victories in the first eleven runnings. Four of those victories were for Willie Mullins; Sir Des Champs (2012), Vautour (2015), Black Hercules (2016) and Yorkhill (2017).
The only shock winner to date was 20-1 chance Benefficient in 2013. The last seven winners were all in the first two in the betting. The Turners Novices Chase Odds 2022 suggest that trend will continue with a potential clash of the leading Irish novice chasers, Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs. L’Homme Presse in the pick of the British-trained entries but trainer Venetia Williams has warned that she may elect to run him in the three-mile Brown Advisory Chase instead.
Turners Novices Chase Odds and Entries 2022
This year’s Turners Novices Chase betting odds are dominated by Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs. Trainers Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins are both currently favouring this shorter distance over the Brown Advisory. The possible presence of the impressive Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase winner L’Homme Presse adds another dimension to a potentially classic contest.
Bob Olinger was a runaway winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle last season and has won both of his races over fences with ease. Other than a minor error at Gowran Park, the son of Sholokhov has jumped impeccably and this race has always been the objective. Galopin Des Champs also won at last season’s Cheltenham Festival, taking the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle. He has also won both races over fences but had originally been thought likely to contest the Brown Advisory.
L’Homme Presse is also entered in both staying novice events, although he is yet to race beyond two miles and five furlongs. He already has a course victory after beating The Glancing Queen by 10 lengths on New Year’s Day. He then jumped his rivals into submission when coasting home by 21 lengths in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown Park.
Many of the other horses currently priced up in the Turners Novices Chase Odds have alternative engagements and it is very likely that this race will cut up. Willie Mullins could run any of Haut En Couleurs, Saint Sam and Jungle Boogie. All three are still entered in the Arkle Trophy over two miles.
Cheltenham Festival 2022
Latest Turners Novices Chase odds *
*Best prices at the time of writing
Bob Olinger 5-4
Galopin Des Champs 5-4
L’Homme Presse 9-2
Blue Lord 8-1
Haut En Couleurs 12-1
Jungle Boogie 12-1
Riviere D’Etel 12-1
Saint Sam 14-1
Fury Road 16-1
Gaillard Du Mesnil 16-1
Imperial Alcazar 25-1
Minella Drama 66-1
Turners Novices Chase News
Bob Olinger had been widely expected to start odds-on favourite for this race until news emerged of the likely participation of Galopin Des Champs. Both horses are currently 5-4 in the Turners Novices Chase betting odds with an exciting duel in prospect. If, as expected, L’Homme Presse is also declared, this race rivals the Queen Mother Champion Chase as one of the most eagerly awaited races of the meeting.
Venetia Williams has stated that the going will influence the final decision on L’Homme Presse but that he will definitely be racing over three miles next season. Galopin Des Champs is currently favourite for the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup but he has plenty of speed. Paul Townend managed to restrain him until the fifth fence in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Once allowed to bowl along in front, he soon had most of his rivals in trouble and eventually won by 9 lengths.
With Galopin Des Champs and L’Homme Presse both keen to get on with things, Rachael Blackmore should have little difficulty settling Bob Olinger in behind. He has outclassed his rivals over fences, most recently beating the Mullins-trained pair, Capodanno and Gaillard Du Mesnil. There don’t appear to be any weaknesses in Bob Olinger who acts on any surface.
Mullins has 10 of the 23 entries so Galopin Des Champs is unlikely to be on his only representative. Jungle Boogie is perhaps the most obvious one to take his chance here, a winner over an extended two miles and five furlongs at Fairyhouse. He made all the running that day so he could ensure a decent gallop for his more fancied stable companion.