2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Tips

Day three at the Cheltenham Festival kicks off in thrilling style with the Marsh Novices' Chase. This two-and-a-half-mile contest for first-season chasers was only added to the Festival schedule in 2011, but already boasts an illustrious list of winners and another excellent renewal is guaranteed in 2021.

2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Key Facts

Date Thursday 18th March, 2021
Time 1:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m 4f
Prize Pool £156k
Age 5YO+

2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Envoi Allen 3/1 BetVictor
Shishkin 12/1 William Hill
The Big Getaway 16/1 William Hill
Honeysuckle 16/1 Unibet
Thyme Hill 20/1 BetVictor
Chantry House 20/1William Hill
Monkfish 20/1 Unibet

2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Tips

Unbeaten star Envoi Allen is the overwhelming favourite to win the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase, and many won't side against Gordon Elliott's charge winning a third Cheltenham Festival title next year. Shishkin sits second in the betting, ahead of Honeysuckle and The Big Getaway.

We'll have a range of tips for the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase live on the website when the new National Hunt season starts.

2020 Marsh Novices' Chase Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Samcro 4/1
2nd Melon 14/1
3rd Faugheen 3/1f
4th Mister Fisher 7/1
5th Tornado Flyer 10/1

Marsh Novices' Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Marsh Novices' Chase Grade One 2m 4f
2:10pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Listed Handicap 3m
2:50pm Ryanair Chase Grade One 2m 4f
3:30pm Stayers' Hurdle Grade One 3m
4:10pm Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m 4f
4:50pm Mares' Novices' Hurdle Grade Two 2m 1f
5:30pm Kim Muir Handicap Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 2f

Marsh Novices' Chase History

The Marsh Novices' Chase is one of the newest Grade Ones at the Cheltenham Festival, having been introduced to the day three schedule in 2011.

The race is registered as the Golden Miller Novices' Chase, and for years was known as the JLT Novices' Chase. Marsh took over sponsorship from JLT in 2020, and the race is now known as the March Novices' Chase.

Irish horses have been dominant during the brief history of this Group One. Only two British-based trainers have saddled winners. Jonjo O'Neill won with Taquin Du Seuil in 2014, with Philip Hobbs' Defi Du Seuil winning in 2019.

Willie Mullins has trained four winners of the Marsh Novices' Chase. Mullins saddled the winner for three years in a row, with Vautour, Black Hercules and Yorkhill scoring between 2015 and '17.

Paul Nolan and Tony Martin have both celebrated victories in the Marsh Novices' Chase. Gordon Elliott won the race for the first time in 2018, with mare Shattered Love powering to victory.

In 2020, the first three positions were filled by Irish horses. Gordon Elliott's Samcro bounced back to top form, defeating Melon and Faugheen in a truly memorable finish.

Marsh Novices' Chase Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Samcro
2019 Defi Du Seuil
2018 Shattered Love
2017 Yorkhill
2016 Black Hercules
2015 Vautour
2014 Taquin Du Seuil
2013 Benefficient
2012 Sir Des Champs
2011 Noble Prince

Marsh Novices' Chase FAQs

When is the Marsh Novices' Chase?

The 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase will take place at 1:30pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 18th March.

What is the Marsh Novices' Chase?

The Marsh Novices' Chase is a Grade One race staged during the Cheltenham Festival. This race is open only to novice chasers, and the trip is 2m 4f.

Who won the Marsh Novices' Chase?

The 2020 Marsh Novices' Chase was won by Samcro, who held off Melon and Faugheen to claim his second Cheltenham Festival win.

Who's the favourite for the Marsh Novices' Chase?

The betting for the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase is dominated by Envoi Allen. Gordon Elliott's star is unbeaten during his career, winning the Champion Bumper and then the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the previous two Cheltenham Festivals.

Where can I watch the Marsh Novices' Chase?

The 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.