Marsh Novices’ Chase

marsh novices' chase
Introduced 2011
Racecourse Cheltenham, New Course
Race Distance Approximately 2 miles & 4 furlongs
Entry Conditions Horses aged 5 and over
Current Sponsor Marsh
Date & Time Day 3 / Thursday 18th March 2021 / 13:30
Leading Jockey Ruby Walsh with 3 wins
Leading Trainer Willie Mullins with 4 wins

The Marsh Novices’ Chase was introduced in 2011, making it one of the newer races at the Cheltenham Festival. It was originally known as the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase but changed its name due to the current sponsor.

The race is run on the new course at Cheltenham over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 furlongs and features seventeen fences.

Ruby Walsh is the leading jockey in the Marsh Novices’ Chase having won the race three times in consecutive years with Vautour in 2015, Black Hercules in 2016 and Yorkhill in 2017.


Marsh Novices’ Chase Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2020 1st Samcro 8 4-1 G Elliott D N Russell  
  2nd Melon 8 14-1 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins  Nose
  3rd Faugheen 12 3-1f W P Mullins P Townend  1 length
2019 1st Defi Du Seuil 6 3-1F P J Hobbs B J Geraghty  
  2nd Lostintranslation 7 4-1 C L Tizard R M Power 2 1/4 Lengths
  3rd Mangli Khan 9-1 G Elliott J W Kennedy 7 Lengths
2018 1st Shattered Love 7 4-1 G Elliott J W Kennedy  
  2nd Terrefort 5 3-1F N J Henderson D A Jacob 7 Lengths
  3rd Benetar 6 10-1 G L Moore J E Moore 5 Lengths
2017 1st  Yorkhill 7 6-4F W P Mullins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Top Notch 6 7-2 N J Henderson D A Jacob 1 Length
  3rd Disko 6 4-1 N Meade B J Cooper 3 lengths
2016 1st  Black Hercules 7 4-1 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Bristol De Mai 5 4-1 N A Twiston-Davies D A Jacob 3 Lengths
  3rd L’Ami Serge 6 8-1 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville 1 Length
2015 1st  Vautour 6 6-4 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Apache Stronghold 7 7-1 N Meade Paul Carberry 15 Lengths
  3rd Valseur Lido 6 9-2 W P Mullins B J Cooper Short Head

Marsh Novices’ Chase Trends

  • All 9 winners of the Marsh Novices’ Chase had run at the Cheltenham Festival previously
  • 8 of the last 9 Marsh Novices’ Chase winners were priced at 7-1 or less
  • 6 of the last 9 Marsh Novices’ Chase winners won last time out
  • 4 of the last 9 Marsh Novices’ Chase winners were the starting price favourite

Marsh Novices’ Chase Betting Offers

If you’re looking to get your bets on early then some bookmakers are already offering ante-post betting offers for selected races at Cheltenham. There will also be a number of offers available on the day for the March Novices’ Chase which we will list below. These offers generally include free bets, enhanced odds on certain horses, extra places, best odds guaranteed and more.

It is also worth keeping an eye out for enhanced signup offers which a lot of bookies run in the lead up to and during the Cheltenham Festival.