Turners Novices’ Chase (Marsh Chase) Betting Tips

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Chantry House and Nico De Boinville jump the last before winning the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase.

Chantry House and Nico De Boinville jump the last before winning the 2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase.

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. 


Last year’s Martin Pipe winner has looked like a top-class chasing prospect since switching to fences this season, the six-year-old made a dazzling return when winning on chasing debut by 22l, before going on to defeat Grade 1 performer Master Mcshee at the Dublin Racing Festival in equally impressive fashion. Bob Olinger is also a former Festival winner and whilst he is also unbeaten over fences, Henry De Bromhead’s charge has not been that assured over the larger obstacles and that may ultimately find him out on Thursday.

Turners Chase (Marsh Chase) Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

Last year’s Turners Chase was won by 9-1 shot Chantry House, providing legendary Cheltenham Festival trainer Nicky Henderson with his first win in the race.

Jockey Nico De Boinville rode the seven-year-old to record a five-length victory over runner-up Fusil Raffles and Asterion Forlonge in third.

Once the declared runners are announced, we will be going into depth with our tips 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 – Thursday, 17th March 1.30

1 Bob Olinger T: Henry De Bromhead

J: Rachael Blackmore

2   Busselton T: Joseph O’Brien


3 El Barra T: Willie Mullins


4 Galopin Des Champs T: Willie Mullins

J: Paul Townend

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 44 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, Bob Olinger was an exceptional novice hurdler and produced a breathtaking performance at Cheltenham when running away with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. The Henry De Bromhead-trained gelding has been flawless in winning both starts over fences so far, most recently in the Killiney Novices’ Chase, and already rates an odds-on favourite to win the Turners Chase.

Last season, Willie Mullins’ Galopin Des Champs was also an impressive Cheltenham Festival winner, having bolted up in the Martin Pipe Hurdle and currently ranks as the second favourite in most books after a phenomenal performance on chasing debut at Leopardstown. However, he now heads the betting for the Brown Advisory Chase over three miles on Wednesday, and the market suggests he is currently likelier to run there.

L’Homme Presse has risen through the handicap ranks this season and was mightily impressive when making a successful step in Graded company in the Dipper at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day. As a result, he currently ranks as the shortest-priced contender of the British contingent.

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 a good 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 six renewals of the Turners Novices has seen a winning favourite.

Last 10 Turners Novices Winners Odds

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

2012 Sir Des Champs 3/1

This Cheltenham Festival fixture has been dominated by the Irish, who have taken a win in 8 of the 11 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 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, but no more than six previous course appearances at Cheltenham.

All but one of the winners of the 11 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.

Turners Chase Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Bob Olinger


J:Rachael Blackmore
T:Henry De Bromhead
Galopin Des Champs


J:Paul Townend
T:Willie Mullins
El Barra


T:Willie Mullins


J:J J Slevin
T:Joseph O’Brien

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 £131,250, with £73,918.12 going to connections of the winner, Chantry House. £27,888.74 and £13,989.38 went to the second and third respectively, with prize money going all the way down to £930 for the seventh-placed horse.

Turners Chase Past Winners

Year Horse Odd Jockey Trainer
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)