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The 2m4f steeplechase is run over 17 fences on the New Course at Prestbury Park and has traditionally showcased some of the best novice chasers around.
Samcro claimed bragging rights in the Grade 1 contest last year, seeing off Faugheen and pipping Melon in a photo finish, while former winners include Defi du Seuil, Yorkhill and Vautour.
Envoi Allen heads the market for the 2021 renewal, with the Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old still unbeaten in 11 career runs – including the 2019 Champion Bumper and the 2020 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.
A bumper crop of entries was lodged for the Marsh Novices’ Chase but several well-backed contenders such as Energumene and Monkish are likely to target other races at the festival. Remember, there’s no risk of losing out if your pick withdraws thanks to Paddy’s non-runner money back offer.
Marsh Novices’ Chase antepost odds
Marsh Novices’ Chase antepost tips
Ruby Walsh: “ENVOI ALLEN is unbeaten so far in his bumper, hurdles and chasing career, so what’s going to beat him now? He looks very hard to oppose and is nearly ‘value’ at the price in the non-runner money back market.”
Frank Hickey: “In our antepost book ENVOI ALLEN is by far the worst result and since we’ve gone non-runner money back he is the only one punters want to back. Over 80 per cent of stakes are on him, even though he is a short price. People can’t see what beats him.”
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When is the Marsh Novices’ Chase?
Marsh Novices’ Chase winners at last five festivals
2020 – Samcro (Horse), Davy Russell (Jockey), Gordon Elliott (Trainer)
2019 – Defi du Seuil, Barry Geraghty, Philip Hobbs
2018 – Shattered Love, Jack Kennedy, Gordon Elliott
2017 – Yorkhill, Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins
2016 – Black Hercules, Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins
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 THREE SCHEDULE
13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 168y
13.55 – Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y
14.30 – Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y
15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y
15.40 – Paddy Power Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y
16.15 – Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 179y
16.50 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup 3m 2f
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