13:30 Turners Novices’ Chase Tips & Odds – Cheltenham Festival 17th March 2022

Thursday's Cheltenham Festival opener sees a big clash between Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs

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The Turners Novices’ Chase Tips & Odds sizes up the opening act from Thursday’s Cheltenham Festival.

The meeting moves into its penultimate day and it is, of course, the start of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the course.

The Turners Novices’ Chase tips look at this first Grade 1 action for the day and it is a race that has given rise to some Cheltenham greats like Defi De Seuil, Sir Des Champs and Vautour.

There is only a small field of four lined up for this year’s renewals, but it should be a hot one.

Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs, who were both winners at last year’s Festival put their unbeaten chase records on the line.

It should be a fierce duel between those two and our betting experts look over the current Turners Novices’ Chase tips by scouring the latest odds, form and trends.

Turners Novices’ Chase Racing Odds

Bob Olinger Even Money
Galopin Des Champs 11/10
El Barra 20/1
Busselton 33/1

* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at William Hill)

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Turners Novices’ Chase Race Details Cheltenham Festival

  • Grade 1
  • 5-year-olds plus
  • 4 declared runners
  • 2m 3 1/2f
  • Going: Soft


FAV in Turners Novices’ Chase Racing Odds

If there was ever a horse racing landscape where things looked like being a two-horse race, then we have it in Turners Novices’ Chase.

There is an even money quote on favourite BOB OLINGER in the Turners Novices’ betting 2022* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at William Hill).

He was a Festival winner last year and looks like a top catching prospect.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Bob Olinger won last year’s Ballymore and on the hurdling form, comes in better than his big rival Galopin Des Champs.

However, over the fences, this could be a different story as Bob Olinger may be up against it.

While he is progressing well, he hasn’t looked as comfortable in the sphere as Galopin Des Champs has.

It is two wins from two in chasing for Bob Olinger, the most recent effort coming at Punchestown a couple of months ago.


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Turners Novices’ Chase Betting Contenders

GALOPIN DES CHAMPS is a big contender at 11/10* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at William Hill).

The Willie Mullins-trained winner of last year’s Martin Pipe could have the edge in this top duel with Bob Olinger on Thursday.

Since moving to the fences, Galopin Des Champs has looked better and better. It has been a more natural switch for him than it has been for his rival.

He added a Grade 1 win at Leopardstown to his tally this season so he does arrive in top form.

With Paul Townend pushing him along from the front, there is going to be a big challenge.

The rest of the runners

There are only two more to look at in this small field starting with EL BARRA. He got off the mark in a maiden at Limerick four days ago.

It appears that he has some nice potential in him, but it would take something special for him to come through this with the victory.

BUSSELTON does have a reasonable chasing record with three wins from eight runs. He was last seen at the Irish Arkle last month.

That didn’t shape up too well for him and as he is making a substantial move up in grade, this is probably well beyond him.

About the Turners Novices’ Chase

The name of this race is the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase but it runs under sponsorship naming.

The Turners Novices Chase is a mid-distance 2m 4f trip (thereabouts) for novice chasers who are aged at least five.

The race was inaugurated in the Cheltenham Festival in 2011 when Noble Prince landed the score for trainer Paul Nolan, ridden by Tony McCoy. There are seventeen fences in the Golden Miller.

The Golden Miller was bumped up to Grade 1 status in 2014 and mares claim a 7lb allowance for a run in this one.

Last 10 Turners Novices’ Chase Winners at the Cheltenham Festival

Year Winner Odds 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 B J Cooper A J Martin
2012 Sir Des Champs 3/1 Davy Russell Willie Mullins

Turners Novices’ Chase Trends

For the next part of this Turners Novices’ Chase Preview 2022, we are going to dive into some of the trends surrounding the event. To do that, we cast an eye back over the last 11 editions of this Grade 1 fixture.

Starting with age, four of the last six winners of the fixture have been 7-year-olds, as have seven of the previous 11 winners.

Turners Novices’ Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the history of the Turners Novices’ Chase is Willie Mullins who has seen four of his winners get home. He has been heavy-handed in the contest, as those scores have been from 23 entries.

Coming in with a much better strike rate is Gordon Elliott who has taken a win with two of his three previous entries in Turners Novices’ Chase betting. He does not hold an entry this year.

No other trainer has won the race more than one. Paul Nicholls has tried with a total of 11 runners and hasn’t managed to land a score.

Turners Novices’ Chase Jockey Statistics

Davy Russell is the only jockey to have won the Turners Novices’ Chase more than once. He has picked up two victories in this Grade 1 contest. The latest of his wins was in 2020 on the back of Samcro, a 4/1 shot.

The only other active jockeys to have ridden a winner in this race are B J Cooper, Nico de Boinville and Jack Kennedy.

Other Key Turners Novices’ Chase Trends

The current form has been quite important in picking out a Turners Novices’ Chase tip. Each of the previous winners of the race had between one and two-place finishes in the previous 90 days.

The previous 11 editions of the Turners Novices’ Chase had been won by a horse who had been in the first seven in the market. None of the previous winners had been bigger than 20/1.

They all had at least one previous run at Cheltenham before which is something to look for too.


Turners Novices’ Chase Trends Cheltenham Festival

  • The leading trainer is Willie Mullins with 4 wins from 11 renewals
  • Winner had between 4 and 10 non handicap wins 11/11
  • was defeated by no more than 4 lengths on their debut 11/11
  • Had landed the Turners from within the first 7 of the market 11/11
  • Had placed with the previous 80 days 11/11
  • 1-2 starts had been made in the previous 90 days 11/11
  • Between 3-5 starts had been made for the season 11/11
  • Won the Turners after a break of 29-77 days 11/11
  • Had at least one and no more than six runs at Cheltenham before 11/11
  • Had ran in a graded race last time out 10/11


Turners Novices’ Chase Tips & Predictions Cheltenham Festival 2022

GALOPIN DES CHAMPS looks to be the way to go for Turners Novices’ betting at the Cheltenham Festival.

He is a quote of 11/10* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at William Hill).

He has taken to fences like a duck to water and goes for leading trainer Willie Mullins. Galopin Des Champs has looked more impressive with each run.

It leaves crack novice BOB OLINGER with perhaps too much to do from evens* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at William Hill).

If this comes down to a scrap up the hill, which it should, then the preference would have to be with Galopin Des Champs as he has the big proven stamina. That could be the difference-maker.

Should the big two both slip up, then the one waiting in the wings to pounce is most likely going to be EL BARRA.

He’s shown some chasing promise, but if they all get home, he probably won’t win.

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