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Formerly known as the RSA Chase and recently renamed the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase, this Grade 1 steeplechase features 20 fences over a stamina sapping 3m trip.
Several past winners such as Lord Windermere have gone on to taste victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, while Presenting Percy and Champ are just some of the eye-catching names to claim victory in recent years.
This time around it is Willie Mullins’ Monkfish who is the one to beat, with the towering charger having adapted brilliantly to chasing after winning the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle last season.
The seven-year-old’s regular rival Latest Exhibition heads the field of challengers, while there’s no risk of losing out if your pick withdraws thanks to Paddy’s non-runner money back offer on all races at this year’s festival.
Festival Novices’ Chase antepost odds
Festival Novices’ Chase antepost tips
Ruby Walsh: “MONKFISH is a very polished chaser already, and he does everything that you would want a horse to do. He’s a good jumper, he travels nicely and his times are favourable compared to the Savills Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas. You have to like what he’s done.
“He beat LATEST EXHIBITION in the Albert Bartlett last year and then again in the Neville Hotels Chase. Everything Monkfish does, he seems to do right.”
Frank Hickey: “MONKFISH has got the better of LATEST EXHIBITION twice now – can he make it a hat-trick? Probably. A lot of people are putting up Latest Exhibition each-way, particularly on non-runner money back. You can see the case for him, but it’s very hard to see him reversing the form.”
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When is the Festival Novices’ Chase?
Festival Novices’ Chase winners at last five festivals
2020 – Champ (Horse), Barry Geraghty (Jockey), Nicky Henderson (Trainer)
2019 – Topofthegame, Harry Cobden, Paul Nicholls
2018 – Presenting Percy, Davy Russell, Patrick Kelly
2017 – Might Bite, Nico de Boinville, Nicky Henderson
2016 – Blaklion, Ryan Hatch, Nigel Twiston-Davies
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL‘S BIG RACES
March 16 – 13.20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 13.55 – Arkle Chase latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 14.30 – Ryanair Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 13.20 – Triumph Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips
March 19 – 16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase latest odds and tips
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY TWO SCHEDULE
13:20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f
13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y
14.30 – Coral Cup (Grade 3) 2m 5f
15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y
15.40 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f 37y
16.15 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 62y
16.50 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 2m 87y
*Paddy will be all over your telly box throughout the Cheltenham Festival sponsoring ITV’s live coverage from Prestbury Park – and you can get free and exclusive tipping columns EVERY DAY from Ruby Walsh, Matt Chapman and Mick Fitzgerald here on PP News.
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