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2021 Marsh Novices Chase Tips - Three Horses To Follow This Season

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase
  • The Marsh is the opening race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Envoi Allen heads the ante-post betting, as he looks for a third Festival win
  • We pick out three horses to follow who could challenge the favourite at Cheltenham
Klassical Dream
2019 Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner, Klassical Dream could be one to watch in the Marsh Novices' Chase betting. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for the 2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase and pick out three horses to follow, who could challenge Envoi Allen at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

In 2020, the top three places in the Marsh Novices’ Chase were filled by Irish horses, as Samcro held off Melon and Faugheen in a truly fantastic finish. During its short existence, this Group One has been dominated by horses from the Emerald Isle, so it’s no surprise to see several Irish names so prominent in the 2021 betting.

2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase Odds

Best Odds
Envoi Allen3/1
The Big Getaway16/1
Chantry House16/1

Envoi Allen holds a comfortable lead at the head of the market. Gordon Elliott’s unbeaten two-time Festival winner is expected to take the chasing world by storm in 2020/21, and Elliott has already mentioned the Marsh as Envoi Allen’s Cheltenham target.

It’s clear Envoi Allen will be very hard to beat if he makes it back to Cheltenham in one piece. Despite that, we’ve picked out three horses to follow, who will progress over fences and could end up facing Envoi Allen at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase Tips – Horses To Follow

Klassical Dream

Klassical Dream2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Horse To FollowGET 25/1 HERE
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Following a sparkling novice hurdles campaign, during which he won three Grade Ones, I was expecting Klassical Dream to dominate over hurdles last season. Yet, following a shock defeat in the Morgiana Hurdle, Willie Mullins’ charge finished last of five at Leopardstown over Christmas, before a leg infection ruled him out for the rest of the season.

When we did see him out on the track last season, Klassical Dream’s jumping was terrible. The former Supreme winner was erratic in the Morgiana, and made a shuddering error early on at Leopardstown, from which he failed to recover. I’m confident this six-year-old retains all his ability. The switch to chasing, combined with a step up in trip, should bring about improvement, and the real Klassical Dream will give Envoi Allen something to worry about in the 2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase.

The Big Breakaway

The Big Breakaway2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Horse To FollowGET 40/1 HERE
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At Chepstow, and on his following out at Newbury, The Big Breakaway looked a top prospect. Robbie Power’s mount swept some decent opposition aside without breaking a sweat, and I really fancied this imposing gelding to run well in the Ballymore. Sadly, like many of Colin Tizzard’s horses, The Big Breakaway registered a limp showing, staying on behind Envoi Allen to finish fourth.

Anything this huge son of Getaway achieved over hurdles was going to be a bonus, as he was brought to go chasing. The Big Breakaway is a half-brother to high-quality chaser Kildisart, and he’s certainly built to jump fences. I’m hoping Tizzard’s six-year-old will have filled out his frame and strengthened during the off-season. If he has, then the world is The Big Breakaway’s oyster over the larger obstacles.

The Big Breakaway hurdle
The Big Breakaway wins easily at Newbury. (Getty)

King Roland

King Roland2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Horse To FollowGET 50/1 HERE
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This big stamp of a horse won one of his three starts over hurdles last season, that win coming in a modest maiden at Exeter. King Roland was beaten for finishing pace by Son Of Camas on debut at Newbury, before coming up two-lengths short of Harry Senior in the Grade Two Ballymore Trial at Cheltenham.

Sean Bowen’s mount was forced to tread a wide path for much of that race, but loomed menacingly into contention coming down the hill. Harry Senior, who’d cut a corner or two down the inside, got back up in the final furlong to defeat King Roland, but Harry Fry wouldn’t have been disappointed by that showing in the slightest. 

It turns out that King Roland suffered a fracture to his pelvis that day at Cheltenham. It’s not yet known when Harry Fry will be able to get his budding stable star back out on the track, but I expect King Roland to progress into a high-class chaser and could end up running in the opener on day three of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.


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