The Marsh Novices’ Chase

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A comprehensive betting preview ahead of the Marsh Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

Aerial shot of the 2020 Marsh Novices Chase from Cheltenham.
DateThursday, March 18, 2021
Start Time13:30 (GMT+0)
Distance2m 4f
TypeChase
Prize£150,000
Where to WatchCheltenham live stream at MansionBet
Horses’ Age5+ Years.
Cheltenham Festival Day 3: Marsh Novices’ Chase

The Marsh Novices’ Chase is a National Hunt race held every year as part of the Cheltenham Festival. Also known as the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase, the Grade 1 race marks the start of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the first race of the day, directly before the Pertemps Network Final.

The race was established in 2011, as a showcase for novice chasers. It was initially sponsored by Jewson, until 2014. That year, the chase was upgraded to Grade 1, and JLT’s sponsorship deal began. It became known as the Marsh Novices’ Chase after JLT and Marsh merged.

Marsh Novices’ Chase: Betting Odds

HorseLatest Odds*
Envoi Allen1/1
Chantry House10/1
Shishkin12/1
Monkfish14/1
*All odds correct at time of writing.

Marsh Novices’ Chase: Tips, Predictions and Previews

At the time of writing, the 2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase has a single overwhelming favourite: Envoi Allen. Punters rarely get to see a horse with 1/1 odds for a Grade 1 chase, which highlights its dominance. The six-year-old French gelding trained by Gordon Elliott has an impressive record.

With ten victories in ten races in 2018, Envoi Allen is undefeated over his career. The horse is also in his best form, having racked up four victories in four races in 2020. That includes a first-place finish at Cheltenham last March. Elliott has won two of the past three editions of the race.

That said, only four of the last ten chases were won by the favourite. Eight out of ten were won by a top three favourite, though. Chantry House, the second favourite, trails Envoi Allen in the odds as a 10/1 shot. However, the horse is in excellent form this year, winning twice and showing once.

Marsh Novices’ Chase: Recent Winners

YearHorseJockeyTrainer
2020SamcroDavy RussellGordon Elliott
2019Defi du SeuilBarry GeraghtyPhilip Hobbs
2018Shattered LoveJack KennedyGordon Elliott
2017YorkhillRuby WalshWillie Mullins
2016Black HerculesRuby WalshWillie Mullins
Source: Wikipedia
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