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Turners Novices' Chase

13:30 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-17

Winner: £101564.16

Runners: 4

Going: Soft

No. of hurdles: 16

Distance: 2m3f168y

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The Turners Novices’ Chase, run in recent years as the Marsh or JLT Chase, is the first race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. It is one of three Grade 1 novice chases at the meeting and attracts runners who are best over the intermediary distance of 2m4f. First run in 2011, it has unearthed some of the best chasers of recent years including Sir Des Champs, Yorkhill, Vautour and Defi De Seuil. Check the Marsh Novices' Chase runners and riders ahead of the race and place your bets by clicking the odds buttons.

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El Barra

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J: Mr P W Mullins
T: W P Mullins
8
11-4
143
154
Won his final two hurdle races last campaign and, after struggling to deal with class acts on his first two runs over fences, he made the most of a simple task when odds-on at Limerick last weekend (soft/heavy); not in the same class as the big two here but, due to the poor turnout, a clear round guarantees him some good prize-money.
1(0)
111-11
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Bob Olinger

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J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
7
11-4
161
175
Six-time winner who has been beaten just the once, by the high-class Ferny Hollow in a maiden hurdle in 2020; no horse has managed to lay a glove on him since, including in a stunning success in last season's Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (2m5f, good to soft) at this meeting; hasn't been absolutely foot-perfect in his two chase wins (over 2m4f on soft; also won on heavy) but he was well on top when it mattered on both occasions (latterly a Grade 3); he's still improving and has the game to go a long way.
3(0)
61-111
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Galopin Des Champs

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
6
11-4
164
178
Unraced on worse than good to soft since last February but won on very soft in France; comfortably defied a big weight in last season's Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at this meeting and he followed up by 12l in a 3m Grade 1 novice at Punchestown; so far so good over fences, having jumped round Leopardstown like a seasoned pro in winning both his starts in a canter, latterly a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival; appears to have it all, as he jumps, stays and his cruising speed might just set him apart; impossible to knock.
4(0)
131124
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Busselton

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J: J J Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
5
11-2
145
155
Won on soft ground early in career but unraced on worse than good to soft since last February; exploited his handy 4yo allowance in chases earlier this season, winning three times (2m3f-2m6f); would have found 2m1f on the sharp side in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown but that ruthlessly exposed his limitations at this level.

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Galopin Des Champs
This is one of the most eagerly awaited novice chases for many a year as last year's Festival winners GALOPIN DES CHAMPS and Bob Olinger put their unbeaten records over fences on the line. Either could be the next big thing but preference is for the Mullins runner, who already boasts Grade 1 honours as a chaser and not many novices have made Leopardstown's fearsome fences look a piece of cake. Although Bob Olinger has not been quite so spectacular en route, he has nonetheless made a rock-solid start over fences, and let's not forget that he took the breath away in how he won last year's Ballymore. Galopin Des Champs will need to be the superstar that he's looked to beat him and, with stamina to burn, he's taken to dominate from the front.

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