Turners Novices Chase Odds 2023


Chantry House ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville clear a fence on the way to winning the Marsh Novices’ Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Turners Novices Chase is the opening race on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. It was introduced in 2011 as the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase and is run over two and a half miles. 

Irish trainers have enjoyed massive success in the race since its inception, securing nine victories in the first 12 runnings, including last year when Bob Olinger won for trainer Henry de Bromhead and jockey Rachael Blackmore.

Trainer Willie Mullins has won the race on four occasions with Sir Des Champs in 2012, Vautour in 2015, Black Hercules in 2016, and Yorkhill in 2017. Mullins will be represented this year by Appreciate It and James Du Berlais. However, fellow Irishman Gordon Elliott saddles the short-priced favourite on Thursday with Mighty Potter, many people’s idea of the winner.

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Mighty Potter 11/10

Banbridge 10/3

Appreciate It 7/2

Balco Coastal 10/1

Stage Star 12/1

James Du Berlais 16/1

Unexpected Party 40/1

Notlongtillmay 66/1

Christopher Wood 100/1

Turners Novices Chase Odds and Entries 2023

This year’s Turners Novices Chase is dominated by Mighty Potter, who has won all three races over fences this season, including in Grade 1 company at the Dublin Racing Festival last time out. Trainer Gordon Elliott won this race in 2020 with Samcro, and Mighty Potter is very much the one to beat in this year’s renewal. He jumps well and should have no issue with the trip and ground on Thursday.

Willie Mullins horses are always respected in the Turners, and he will saddle Appreciate It and James Du Berlais in Thursday’s opening race. Appreciate It has been impressive in his two victories over fences this season, but at nine-year-old, he does have age against him

The best chance of a UK-trained winner is Balco Coastal for Nickey Henderson and jockey Nico de Boinville. He placed 2nd behind Gerri Colombe at Sandown in December, and if Gerri Colombe wins the Brown Advisory on Wednesday, then Balco Coastal’s price will likely shorten.

Betting on the Turners Novices’ Chase

The Turners Novices’ Chase, also known as the Golden Miller, is a relatively new race at the Cheltenham Festival. It gives Trainers the option to run their best novices at the meeting without subjecting them to the sometimes gruelling Brown Advisory Chase over three miles. The race was upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2014 and produced one of the most dramatic races of the meeting in 2022.

Galopin Des Champs had the race won when falling at the last fence, leaving market rival Bob Olinger to claim the prize. Galopin Des Champs has won all three subsequent races and is favourite for the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup. His fall was a rare setback for Trainer Willie Mullins who has won this race a record four times, most notably with Vautour in 2015 who returned to Cheltenham to win the 2016 Ryanair Chase.

Irish-trained horses have won nine of the twelve renewals to date and look certain to dominate the Turners Novices Chase betting in 2023. Favourites have only been successful on three occasions but shock results are rare. Benefficient at 20-1 was the only long odds bet on the Turners Novices Chase to win when scoring in 2013.

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Irish-trained horses have dominated this race since it was first run in 2011, and it would be a shock if that trend didn’t continue on Thursday. The top three in the betting currently are all trained in Ireland, and it will take a big performance from an outsider in the field to stop one of them from winning.

Mighty Potter is many people’s idea of the best bet of the week at the Cheltenham Festival and is a worthy favourite, while Banbridge is two from two at Prestbury Park. Trained by Joseph O’Brien, Banbridge won the Martin Pipe Conditional Hurdle at last year’s Festival before landing the Arkle Trial at the November meeting.

Throw the Willie Mullins-trained Appreciate It into the mix, and it could easily be an Irish 1-2-3 on Thursday afternoon.

Each-way fans may latch onto the Paul Nicholls-trained Stage Star, who has winning form on soft ground and was impressive when winning around Cheltenham at the end of January. He could well sneak a place at double-figure odds and three places on offer at the bookmakers.