Turners Novices Chase Tips For 2024 – Is Facile Vega A Sure Thing?

Turners Novices Chase Tips

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 Stage Star make all to see off the persistent challenge of Notlongtillmay.

There have now been twelve 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 our Turners Novices Chase tips for 2024, along with a preview for selected runners who hold entries for the race.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.


Grey Dawning has excelled on softer ground, notably finishing a close second in a Cheltenham contest over two-and-a-half miles.

With two easy wins surrounding that effort, including a Grade 2 victory at Warwick over three miles, Grey Dawning is considered a leading contender, opting for this race over another prestigious event.


Facile Vega has primarily raced over distances ranging from 2 miles and just beyond and has shown versatility in ground conditions.

Despite two defeats following his debut win over fences, he has shown promise, especially considering his strong performances at the Cheltenham Festival.

With ancestry from Quevega, a six-time winner of the two-and-a-half mile Mares’ Hurdle at the same meeting, Facile Vega presents an intriguing prospect for this new trip that is very much expected to suit.


Ginny’s Destiny has displayed competence on various ground types, with impressive form over two-and-a-half miles at the current course since transitioning to chasing.

With sound jumping and progressive performances, including victories and top-weight successes, Ginny’s Destiny presents a formidable front-running contender with strong credentials.


Iroko, showcased his progress over hurdles and impressive performances in his chase debut at Warwick over two-and-a-half miles and brings considerable potential to this race.

Despite recovering from an injury that side-lined him for a portion of the season, Iroko remains an exciting contender with previous success at this meeting.


Zanahiyr, known for his versatility in ground conditions, has shown promise over hurdles but faces a tough challenge transitioning to fences.

While he justified favouritism in his latest victory at Thurles, his extensive racing history and the potential for greater progress among his competitors present obstacles to his success in this race.


Djelo appears adaptable to any ground conditions. Although he fell early due to interference in his previous race, he ran credibly in a Grade 1 event at Sandown over two-and-a-half miles in his latest outing.

With a Grade 2 win in December and consistent performances over fences, he shows promise but requires further improvement to contend in this competitive field.


Letsbeclearaboutit has primarily raced on softer ground and demonstrated promise over fences, particularly at this trip.

However, despite previous successes, age statistics suggest a potential hindrance to his chances of victory in this race.


Sharjah, similar to Zanahiyr, has displayed strong form in Champion Hurdle competitions but faces uncertainties over his ability to secure a Cheltenham Festival victory now aged 11.

With a Grade 3 success over this trip, Sharjah remains a notable competitor but may struggle against younger rivals.


Colonel Harry, who finished second behind Le Patron in two-mile Grade 1 race at Sandown on heavy ground in December, improved to win a two-and-a-half mile Grade 2 race at Wetherby on soft ground.

However, he seemed out of his element on a much faster surface back at Sandown in his last outing, finishing behind Djelo.

While he may still have potential under the right conditions, this upcoming race presents a challenging task based on ratings.


Le Patron, proven over this trip and adaptable to any ground, stepped up to Grade 1 level in his last two outings, with a win in the Henry VIII followed by a disappointing performance in the Scilly Isles Chase.

Despite the setback, Le Patron remains a contender, although the depth of this upcoming race poses a significant challenge.


Jamaico, a former French five-year-old, has shown promise with a victory in Auteuil chase over two miles on very soft ground.

However, making his British debut after being absent since June, Jamaico faces a formidable challenge in this competitive field.

Ticks The Right Boxes?

Turners Novices Chase Tips & Trends

FACILE VEGA is poised to assert his dominance over his competitors as he tackles a significant increase in distance.

With his pedigree favoring this longer trip and his proven Grade 1 winning status, he stands out among the field.

Under the guidance of Willie Mullins, who has had a strong start to the week, FACILE VEGA is expected to shine with a more strategic approach.

However, he faces tough competition from course and distance winners Iroko and Ginny’s Destiny.

Additionally, Letsbeclearaboutit, consistent under Gavin Cromwell’s training, showed promise with a solid fourth-place finish in the Albert Bartlett last year.

Given the closely matched field, it wouldn’t be surprising to witness another commendable performance from him.

Key trends

  • 11 of the 13 winners contested a Graded novice chase on their previous start
  • 9 of the 13 winners were trained in Ireland
  • 8 of the 13 winners were Grade 1-winning novice hurdlers
  • 12 of the 13 winners ran 9 times or less over hurdles
  • 12 of the 13 winners were aged 6 or 7
  • 12 of the 13 winners were sent off at single figure odds (9 returned at 4-1 or shorter)

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

  • Facile Vega 2/1
  • Grey Dawning 5/2
  • Ginny’s Destiny 9/2
  • Iroko 15/2
  • Zanahiyr 11/1
  • Letsbeclearaboutit 16/1
  • Sharjah 22/1
  • Djelo 25/1
  • Colonel Harry 40/1
  • Le Patron 80/1
  • Jamaico 100/1



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