The Marsh, now called the Turners Novices Chase, is open to horses aged five years and older and is run on the new course over a distance of two and a half miles.
There are seventeen fences to be jumped and last year saw Chantry House get the better of Fusil Raffles and Asterion Forlonge.
There have now been ten quality renewals of the March Chase and eight of those winners were trained in Ireland.
Eight of the previous ten winners had already raced at a previous Cheltenham Festival and seven of the winners had also won a Graded novice chase last time out.
Willie Mullins has a fantastic record in the race having won it four times and last year Samcro became the eldest horse to win it at the age of eight.
Previous Winners of the Turners Novices Chase
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for Turners Novices Chase 2022.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
BOB OLINGER – HENRY DE BROMHEAD
Bob Olinger has enjoyed a perfect campaign and comes into this race unbeaten since November 2020.
He enjoyed his greatest success so far over this course and distance when slamming Gaillard Du Mesnil in the Ballymore last season.
Then he was put away for the season and made a good start over fences by beating Bacardys over six lengths at Gowran Park on his chasing debut.
He was then stepped up into a Grade 3 at Punchestown in January and beat Capodanno by almost five lengths. He looks the one to beat.
GALOPIN DES CHAMPS – WILLIE MULLINS
Galopin Des Champs has been a force to be reckoned with this season as his two racecourse appearances have led to the annihilation of two good fields including at Grade 1 level at Leopardstown last time.
Paul Townend has never had a moment’s worry on the six-year old. The only time he ran in a race with less than 8 runners, he pulled up.
His success here last year came in the Martin Pipe handicap which was a level below what Bob Olinger was doing.
He has certainly improved this year though and will give Bob Olinger something to think about.
EL BARRA – WILLIE MULLINS
El Barra justified odds on favouritism when going in at Limerick by ten lengths last time.
He has never proven himself over a trip as far as this and nor has he ever raced at this level.
Inexperience around this track could prove costly and he looks as though he is here just to make up the numbers.
He is rated the lowest of all these officially and should struggle in this company.
BUSSELTON – JOSEPH O’BRIEN
Busselton has been on the go since last July and he showed signs that the season was catching up with him when beaten over fifteen lengths by Blue Lord last time at Leopardstown.
The stable is struggling for form lately too and needs an awful lot to go wrong to get involved here.
He is rated almost twenty pounds inferior to Galopin Des Champs and Bob Olinger and ought to find this too tough.
Ticks The Right Boxes?
2022 Turners Novices Chase Tips & Trends
It looks like BOB OLINGER and Galopin Des Champs have scared away the majority of the opposition and it now looks like this could be one of the smallest fields to contest a race at this event.
There is literally nothing between them as they have both won at the track over similar distances and in good style.
On a strict line through Master McShee though, Bob Olinger has the beating of Galopin Des Champs and I expect that to be the case here.
He has always been held in high regard and now is his time to justify it.
- 10 of the 11 winners contested a Graded novice chase last time out
- 8 of the 11 winners were trained in Ireland
- 10 of the 11 winners had raced nine times or less over hurdles.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- EVS Bob Olinger
- EVS Galopin Des Champs
- 20/1 El Barra
- 33/1 Busselton