Turners Novices’ Chase (Marsh Chase) Betting Tips

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Our Turners Chase betting guide has all the top-class research and form analysis you need to find the best bets and tips for this top-class novice chase on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival.

Final declarations have not yet been made for the Turners Chase, but our experts have analysed all the key trends and cast eyes over the ante-post contenders.

The Turners Chase is a Grade 1 Novice Chase over two and a half miles and often sees some of the sport’s most exciting young chasers lock horns on the biggest stage. Once again, we’ve done all the hard work, so you know who to follow at the Cheltenham Festival 2023


Gordon Elliott’s 6YO pulled up in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival last year but had been a revelation since, winning all three of his races, including both his races over fences. That includes an impressive win in the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase, and he should have an excellent chance of giving a third win in the race in six years.

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Turners Chase (Marsh Chase) Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

Last year’s Turners Chase was won by 6/5 shot Bob Olinger, although it could so easily have been a different story had Galopin Des Champs not fell at the final fence. 

Galopin Des Champs was cruising to victory, before a mistake at the final fence put paid to his chances and left Bob Olinger to win in complete isolation, finishing 40 lengths clear of the eventual runner-up Busselton.

Once the declared runners are announced, we will be going into depth with our Cheltenham tips & predictions for the key contenders in the Turners Chase betting and the outsiders in the field.

The Turners Chase is a race in which outsiders do not have a solid record, with all bar one of the race’s previous winners being sent off at single-figure odds. The exception is Beneffecient, who sprung a surprise at odds of 20-1 in 2013.

Once the final field has taken shape and all up-to-date form has been analysed, we will release our Turners Chase top tips, so make sure to keep an eye out.

Turners Chase Runners + Odds – Thursday, 16th March 1.30

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Mighty Potter


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: J J Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien
Appreciate It


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
Balco Coastal


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Stage Star


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
James Du Berlais


owner details J: Daryl Jacob
T: Willie Mullins
Unexpected Party


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Adam Wedge
T: Laura Morgan
Christopher Wood


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Bannister
T: Venetia Williams


Final declarations for the 2023 Turners Chase will be announced 48 hours before the race, but we can look at the current ante-post betting market and identify some long-range fancies and betting tips for the big race Cheltenham.

Entries for the Turners Chase were published in mid-January, with 41 horses in initial contention for the big race. The final field will be much smaller on the day, so it’s worth looking at the ante-post market to work out which runners seem likeliest to stand their ground.

Last season, Mighty Potter signed off for the season with a victory in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in April and has since switched to fences, which he’s taken to nicely. He’s won both races over the bigger obstacles, including Grade 1 honours in the Drinmore Novice Chase in December. He’s sure to feature prominently in the ante-post betting for the 2023 Turners Novices’ Chase. 

Willie Mullins’ tried a training masterpiece with Appreciate It last year, sending him for the Champion Hurdle having not raced since winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle the previous year. It wasn’t to be however, as he could only finish seventh. He’s since switched to fences, and has been impressive in winning both races so far. The 9YO will have to buck a trend however, as the oldest horse to win the race has been eight-year-olds. 

The ante-post market is dominated by Irish runners, with the likes of Sir Gerhard, El Fabiolo and James Du Berlais also featuring towards the head of the market.

How to pick a Turners Chase Winner

The Turners Novices’ kicks off Day 3 at the Cheltenham Festival 2023 and delivers some top Grade 1 Novices’ Chase action.

The race is one of the newer ones at the Festival, and it doesn’t have as much history to look back on as other races do.

But with over a decade of renewals, there are still some valuable insights and trends that our tipsters will be looking through, like the notable flurry of favourites winning the race.

Four of the last eight renewals of the Turners Novices has seen a winning favourite, with the biggest odds winner in that timeframe being Chantry House (9/1) in 2021.

Last 10 Turners Novices Winners Odds

2022 Bob Olinger 6/5

2021 Chantry House 9/1

2020 Samcro 4/1

2019 Défi Du Seuil 3/1F

2018 Shattered Love 4/1

2017 Yorkhill 6/4F

2016 Black Hercules 4/1F

2015 Vautour 6/4F

2014 Taquin Du Seuil 7/1

2013 Benefficient 20/1

This Cheltenham Festival fixture has been dominated by the Irish, who have taken a win in 9 of the 12 previous editions. There has yet to be a French horse entering the fray.

Using some trends can help narrow the field a little regarding Turners Novices betting for 2023. One notable one is that each of the winners had at least placed either once or twice in the previous 90 days.

Each of the Turners Novices’ winners had delivered between 4-10 non-handicap wins in their career and had at least one, with seven of the winners having previous course appearances at Cheltenham.

All but one of the winners of the 12 previous editions had made their debut in either France or Ireland.

Closer to the Festival, those are the key trends that our betting experts will use to put together the best Turners Novices betting tips for 2023.

All About The Turners Chase: Past and Present

The Turners Chase is a Grade 1 novice chase run on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival on Cheltenham’s New Course. The race was introduced in 2011 under the registered name of the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase as a Grade 2 event and was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2014.

Ran over two and a half miles, the Turners Chase offers an intermediate option for top-class novice chasers away from the traditional options of the Arkle over two miles and the Brown Advisory Chase over three. It was previously known as the Jewson Novices’ Chase and the JLT Novices’ Chase under different sponsors.

The first renewal in 2011 was won by Noble Prince, ridden by the legendary AP McCoy and trained by Paul Nolan. Other multiple Festival heroes to have won the race in its short history include star names such as Sir Des Champs, Yorkhill, Defi Du Seuil and Samcro, though undoubtedly the most memorable Turners Chase winner was the exceptional Vautour, who produced one of the most spinetingling Cheltenham performances in recent years with a stunning victory in 2015.

What is the Turners Chase Prize Money in 2023?

The 2021 Turners Chase had a total prize fund of £163,415, with £101,564.16 going to connections of the winner, Bob Olinger. Second-placed Busselton took home £40,191.67 and third-placed El Barra landed £21,659.17.

Turners Chase Past Winners

Year Horse Odd Jockey Trainer
2022 Bob Olinger 6/5 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
2021 Chantry House 9/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2020 Samcro 4/1 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2019 Defi du Seuil 3/1F Barry Geraghty Philip Hobbs
2018 Shattered Love 4/1 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2017 Yorkhill 6/4F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Black Hercules 4/1F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2015 Vautour 6/4F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2014 Taquin du Seuil 7/1 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
2013 Benefficient 20/1 Bryan Cooper Tony Martin
2012 Sir Des Champs 3/1 Davy Russell Willie Mullins
2011 Noble Prince 4/1 Tony McCoy Paul Nolan

Other races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Turners Chase is the first race of the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival, a card that features two other Grade 1s, namely the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle. Thursday also features the Pertemps Final, the Paddy Power Plate, the Dawn Run Mares’ Novice Hurdle and the Kim Muir.

13:30 The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

14:50 The Ryanair Steeplechase (Grade 1)

15:30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:10 The Paddy Power Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

16:50 The Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) (0-145)