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The Marsh Novices Chase

Hosted by Cheltenham Racecourse every March, The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day horseracing event on the National Hunt calendar that exceeds its great expectations year after year.

Sharing a date with St. Patrick’s Day in 2021, The Festival’s Day Three will be penned in as St. Patrick’s Thursday and will be particularly popular with our Irish friends as usual, who will swarm to Gloucestershire in their thousands to help make up the 250,000 spectators the meeting attracts annually.

This spring, over the course of the four-day event we will get to witness the usual 28 incredible races including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and last but far from least, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Only second to The Grand National in terms of prize money, The Cheltenham Festival dishes out over £1,000,000 each day to successful contenders.

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is scheduled in from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. Day Three, also known as St. Patrick’s Thursday, will begin with The Marsh Novices Chase.

About the Race

The Marsh Novices Chase is the current sponsorship name for The Golden Miller Novices’ Chase, which takes place at The Cheltenham Festival every March.

It is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to horses aged 5 and above with a total distance of 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 168 yards of the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham. The novice chasers must jump 17 hurdles to make it to the finish.

Always run on the third day of The Cheltenham Festival, The Marsh Novices Chase was established in 2011 and sponsored by Jewson for the majority of it. 2021 will be the second year Marsh has officially sponsored The Golden Miller Novices’ Chase following their merger with JLT.

Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey in the race’s short history with 3 wins in 3 consecutive years on 3 different horses between 2015 and 2017.

The Marsh Novices Chase will be the opening race of St. Patrick’s Thursday on the 18th of March, beginning at 13:30.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Marsh Novices Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Envoi Allen (FR) – 4/5 ante-post favourite – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (17/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  2. Energumene (FR) – 11/2 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (13/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  3. Shan Blue (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Dan Skelton
  4. Monkfish (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  5. Chatham Street Lad (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (16/01/21) – trained by Michael Winters
  6. Allart – (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (23/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  7. Latest Exhibition (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Paul Nolan
  8. Hitman (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (05/12/20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  9. Royale Pagaille (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
  10. Klassical Dream (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (29/12/19) – trained by Willie Mullins


The bookmakers and online betting sites are already offering some fantastic promotions for the 2021 Marsh Novices Chase on St. Patrick’s Thursday, including paying extra places, enhanced odds and free bets.

To make the absolute most of this great opportunity to profit from The Cheltenham Festival, trust our expert tipsters to guide you towards some lucrative betting decisions this coming March.

You don’t need to be an expert in National Hunt horseracing to walk away from this event with an extra few quid in your pocket.


In the past few years of The Marsh Novices Chase, it has been either the favourites or their close competitors that have been the first to cross the finish line. The bookies have been on the ball, but maybe it’s about time they slipped up?

You can see it one of two ways – we’re overdue an upset, or, we can trust the bookies knowing they’re getting their prices right.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Marsh Novices Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:


The 2020 edition of The Marsh Novices Chase was won by third-favourite Samcro with a starting price of 4/1, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.

Samcro only beat 14/1 outsider Melon by a nose, who was ridden and trained by The Mullins duo. Race favourite Faugheen followed in third place with a starting price of 3/1.


The JLT Novices’ Chase was won by 3/1 race favourite Defi Du Seuil in 2019, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Philip Hobbs.

The second horse to cross the line was 4/1 Lostintranslation, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard. The third-place finisher was 9/1 Mengli Khan, ridden by Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.


Back in 2018, it was 4/1 Shattered Love that took the £85,425 first-place prize in the JLT Novices’ Chase, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.

3/1 race favourite Terrefort finished 7 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 10/1 outsider Benatar a further 5 lengths behind in third.


6/4 race favourite Yorkhill won The JLT Novices’ Chase by a length in 2017, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

Top Notch followed a length behind in second place with a starting price of 7/2 and 4/1 Disko finished in third place a further few lengths behind that.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.