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Marsh Novices Chase Tips - Cheltenham 2021

Marsh Novices Chase 2021 Tips – Day 3, 13:20

The Marsh Novice Chase provides a terrific opportunity for Gordon Elliott’s unbeaten Envoi Allen to notch his third career victory at the Cheltenham Festival (won the Champion bumper in 2019 and the Ballymore hurdle in devastating style in 2020). He has not come off the bridle in Eire in winning all three starts over fences so far, and is likely to scare off the most potent challengers if taking up this engagement on the Thursday.

Best betting tips by Stephen Harris – Day 3, 13:20

Bets Horse Odds Bookmaker Novices Chase Tips
#1 Envoi Allen Read Preview here
#2 Shan Blue Read Preview here

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 18th March 2021



Cheltenham Marsh Novices Chase 2021 Preview.

The Grade 1 Marsh Novice Chase kicks off day three at the Cheltenham Festival, and features one of the strongest bankers of the week in Henry de Bromhead’s Envoi Allen. He has been a high profile stable switcher from Gordon Elliott in the weeks leading up to Cheltenham, but that seems unlikely to have a negative effect on his chance, and he currently heads the market at a top priced 8/11f.

The 7-y-o is now unbeaten in 12 runs under Rules, winning 3 from 3 in faultless style over fences when landing the odds at Punchestown in January. He is a relentless galloper who seems a natural over a fence, and plenty of his serious rivals in the formbook have deliberately avoided this race because of his presence.


Novices Chase 2021 Trends

  • 9 of the last 10 winners were 6 or 7 years of age
  • 7 of the last 10 winners won their last race prior to Cheltenham
  • 10 of the last 10 winners had raced at least 1 time previously at Cheltenham
  • 10 of the last 10 winners had raced at least 3 times over hurdles

Marsh Novices Chase 2021 Betting Tips

Envoi Allen, Favourite #1 for Stephen Harris

Gordon Elliott’s unbeaten monster has now won all 11 career starts to date…winning his point in February 2018, then four bumpers, four wins over hurdles (including the Ballymore at 4/7f at the 2020 Festival), and now two wins hard on the bridle over fences this season. He has tremendous scope and fluency over a fence given his relative inexperience, and did not come off the staff to win the Grade 1 Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse at the end of November. Wherever he goes at the Festival he seems sure to be one of the Irish bankers of the week, and is already garnering a rapidly growing following of punters who cannot imagine defeat.

Tip stakes (out of 5):  5

Favourite Horse Odds Bookmaker Bet
#1 Envoi Allen BET

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 18th March 2021


Shan Blue, Favourite #2 for Stephen Harris

Dan Skelton’s novice has really impressed with his jumping since going chasing this winter, and he looks the only possible danger to the odds-on favourite Envoi Allen in a race where most of the serious opposition has been scared off. He will relish the rapidly drying conditions expected by Thursday at the Festival, and a positive ride from the front is on the cards from the hugely improved Harry Skelton.

Tip stakes (out of 5):  1

Favourite Horse Odds Bookmaker Bet
#2 Shan Blue BET

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 18th March 2021



Marsh Novices Chase Winners

This is a relatively new race for the Festival week, run in 2011 and formerly known as the Jewson and JLT, it has had the effect of diluting the quality of the races over the rest of the four days. 2020 saw a very popular winner for Ireland as the highly regarded Samcro landed hefty market confidence under an inspired ride from Davy Russell.

Last 5 Marsh Novices Chase Winners

Year Horses Jockey Trainer
2020 Samcro D Russell G Elliot
2019 Defi Du Seuil B Geraghty P Hobbs
2018 Shattered Love  J Kennedy G Elliot
2017 Yorkhill R Walsh W Mullins
2016 Black Hercules  R Walsh W Mullins

Cheltenham Marsh Novices Chase 2021 Race Conditions

Race Information
Location Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham England
Race Type Chase
Distance 2 Miles 4 Furlongs
Age 5 yo+
Weight 11st 3lb (5yo), 11st 4lb (6yo+), 7lb allowance mares

FAQs about the Marsh Novices Chase race

Who will win the Marsh Novices Chase?

Our racing expert Stephen Harris’ favourite for the Marsh Novices Chase race is Envoi Allen. We invite you to read his preview to understand why Stephen has picked this horse.

What time is the Marsh Novices Chase?

The Marsh Novices Chase race will be the first race of day 3. The race start is scheduled for 13:20.

What day is the Marsh Novices Chase race at Cheltenham festival 2021?

The Marsh Novices Chase race will take place on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival (Day 3 – St Patricks Day), Thursday 18th of March 2021.

Who won the Marsh Novices Chase last year?

The 2020 Marsh Novices Chase was won by Samcro.


Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Tuesday 16th March, Day 1 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
1:55 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Tips
2:30 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips
3:05 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips
3:40 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Tips
4:15 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips
4:50 National Hunt Challenge Chase Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Wednesday 17th March, Day 2 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips
1:55 Festival Novices’ Chase Tips
2:30 Coral Cup Hurdle Tips
3:05 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips
3:40 Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase Tips
4:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Tips
4:50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Thursday 18th March, Day 3 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Marsh Novices Chase Tips
1:55 Pertemps Network Final Tips
2:30 Ryanair Chase Tips
3:05 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips
3:40 Paddy Power Plate Tips
4:15 Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle Tips
4:50 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Friday 19th March, Day 4 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips
1:55 County Handicap Hurdle Tips
2:30 Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips
3:05 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
3:40 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips
4:15 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Tips
4:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle Tips

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