Hosted by Cheltenham Racecourse every March, The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day horseracing event on the National Hunt calendar that exceeds its great expectations year after year.
Sharing a date with St. Patrick’s Day in 2021, The Festival’s Day Three will be penned in as St. Patrick’s Thursday and will be particularly popular with our Irish friends as usual, who will swarm to Gloucestershire in their thousands to help make up the 250,000 spectators the meeting attracts annually.
This spring, over the course of the four-day event we will get to witness the usual 28 incredible races including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and last but far from least, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Only second to The Grand National in terms of prize money, The Cheltenham Festival dishes out over £1,000,000 each day to successful contenders.
The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is scheduled in from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. Day Three, also known as St. Patrick’s Thursday, will begin with The Marsh Novices Chase.
About the Race
The Marsh Novices Chase is the current sponsorship name for The Golden Miller Novices’ Chase, which takes place at The Cheltenham Festival every March.
It is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to horses aged 5 and above with a total distance of 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 168 yards of the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham. The novice chasers must jump 17 hurdles to make it to the finish.
Always run on the third day of The Cheltenham Festival, The Marsh Novices Chase was established in 2011 and sponsored by Jewson for the majority of it. 2021 will be the second year Marsh has officially sponsored The Golden Miller Novices’ Chase following their merger with JLT.
Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey in the race’s short history with 3 wins in 3 consecutive years on 3 different horses between 2015 and 2017.
The Marsh Novices Chase will be the opening race of St. Patrick’s Thursday on the 18th of March, beginning at 13:30.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Marsh Novices Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Envoi Allen (FR) – 4/5 ante-post favourite – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (17/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Energumene (FR) – 11/2 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (13/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Shan Blue (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Dan Skelton
- Monkfish (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Chatham Street Lad (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (16/01/21) – trained by Michael Winters
- Allart – (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (23/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Latest Exhibition (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Paul Nolan
- Hitman (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (05/12/20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Royale Pagaille (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
- Klassical Dream (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (29/12/19) – trained by Willie Mullins
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In the past few years of The Marsh Novices Chase, it has been either the favourites or their close competitors that have been the first to cross the finish line. The bookies have been on the ball, but maybe it’s about time they slipped up?
You can see it one of two ways – we’re overdue an upset, or, we can trust the bookies knowing they’re getting their prices right.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Marsh Novices Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The 2020 edition of The Marsh Novices Chase was won by third-favourite Samcro with a starting price of 4/1, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.
Samcro only beat 14/1 outsider Melon by a nose, who was ridden and trained by The Mullins duo. Race favourite Faugheen followed in third place with a starting price of 3/1.
The JLT Novices’ Chase was won by 3/1 race favourite Defi Du Seuil in 2019, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Philip Hobbs.
The second horse to cross the line was 4/1 Lostintranslation, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard. The third-place finisher was 9/1 Mengli Khan, ridden by Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.
Back in 2018, it was 4/1 Shattered Love that took the £85,425 first-place prize in the JLT Novices’ Chase, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.
3/1 race favourite Terrefort finished 7 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 10/1 outsider Benatar a further 5 lengths behind in third.
6/4 race favourite Yorkhill won The JLT Novices’ Chase by a length in 2017, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.
Top Notch followed a length behind in second place with a starting price of 7/2 and 4/1 Disko finished in third place a further few lengths behind that.