TURNERS NOVICES’ CHASE

The Turners Novices’ Chase is the opening race on Day 3 of the Festival and thus the first race to be run on the New Course. 

Established in 2011, its registered title is the Golden Miller Novices' Chase.

Grade 1 | 5yo+ novices | Thursday 13.30
2 miles 4 furlongs | 17 fences | New Course
Weight: 11st 2lb (4yo) / 11st 4lb (6yo+) | Allowance: 7lb for mares
Prize money (2022): £175,000 | 1st: £98,473

First sponsored by Jewson and then known as both the JLT and the Marsh Novices' Chase, Turners (a transport company) was announced as the new sponsor for 2022. 

It gives trainers an alternative to running their best novices in either the Arkle Chase or the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.  

The standard of runners has been on the rise, with recent renewals fought out by the likes of Defi du Seuil, Lostintranslation, Samrco, Melon and Faugheen. 

8/11 winners were Irish trained
9/11 winners ran at the previous year's Festival
10/11 winners were aged 6 or 7
6 of the last 7 winners were rated 151+
Gordon Elliott has trained 2 winners from 3 runners
10/11 winners were at single figure odds
4/11 favourites won (1 co-favourite)

Nicky Henderson secured a 1-2 of Chantry House and Fusil Raffles last year - albeit the 4/9 Irish hotpot, Envoi Allen, fell early.

Course experience is key, with most winners having raced in a novice hurdle at the Festival 12 months before.

Four of the winners had run in the previous seasons' Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.

There have been just three winning outright favourites thus far: Vautour (2015), Yorkhill (2017) and Defi Du Seuil (2019), plus one co-favourite Black Hercules (2016).

But 8 of the 11 winners were 4/1 or shorter.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
7
161
11-4
2021
7
151
11-4
2020
8
157
11-4
2019
6
151
11-4
2018
7
144
10-11

PREVIOUS WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Bob Olinger
Rachael Blackmore / Henry De Bromhead
6/5
2021
Chantry House
Nico de Boinville / Nicky Henderson
9/1
2020
Samcro
Davy Russell / Gordon Elliott
4/1
2019
Defi Du Seuil
Barry Geraghty / Philip Hobbs
3/1f
2018
Shattered Love
Jack Kennedy / Gordon Elliott
4/1
2017
Yorkhill
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
6/4f
2016
Black Hercules
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
4/1cf
2015
Vautour
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
6/4f
2014
Taquin Du Seuil
Tony McCoy / Jonjo O'Neill
7/1
2013
Benefficient
Bryan Cooper / A J Martin
20/1
2012
Sir Des Champs
Davy Russell / W P Mullins
3/1
2011
Noble Prince
Tony McCoy / Paul Nolan
4/1

Chantry House, who finished third in the Supreme Novices Hurdle a year earlier, was Nicky Henderson's 70th Festival winner:

There was a thrilling renewal in 2020, as Samcro, Melon and Faugheen battled it out up the Cheltenham hill:

Defi Du Seuil, winner of the Triumph Hurdle two years beforehand, got the better of his old foe Lostintranslation in 2019:

Shattered Love became the first mare to win the race in 2018:

The mighty Vautour cruised to victory back in 2015 - the second of his 3 Festival wins: