Grade One Turners’ Novices’ Chase Guide 2023

Joe Glayshier | @joeglayshier

Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
4

Christopher Wood

J:
T: Venetia Williams
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: 132
Days: 44

100/1 shot for Venetia Williams here who goes off 132 for the Turners’ after two second place-finishes in a row at Hereford and Lingfield after a lengthy career over hurdles.

Hasn’t won a chase in his career and you wouldn’t think it would happen here in such good company having not run at this level over fences.

Others are more experienced or talented over these obstacles and it is a massive feat for the eight-year-old.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/04/23AYR20.5GS10-104
31/01/23LIN16GS11-42
04/01/23HER16Sft11-02
09/04/22AIN24.5GS11-612
16/03/22CHL21Sft11-16
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
1
Paul Townend

Appreciate It

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-7
OR: 152
Days: 40

Willie Mullins sends two for this contest in the form of James Du Berlais and nine-year-old Appreciate It. Appreciate It won the Supreme in 2021 but disappointed in the Champion Hurdle last year, finishing seventh of ten before being sent over fences by Mullins in December last year.

He opened his account at Punchestown, before doubling his tally over fences at Naas in a rather weak novice chase. Third of eight in the Irish Arkle behind Banbridge and El Fabiolo so not disgraced there and could be in the mix here over this 2m 3f trip.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/04/23FAI20Y/Sft11-103
16/03/23CHL20Sft11-74
04/02/23LEO17Y11-123
08/01/23NAA16Sft11-81
19/12/22PUN16Sft11-121
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
5
Daryl Jacob

James Du Berlais

J: Daryl Jacob
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 151
Days: 39

Smart hurdler in France before making debut over here at the Cheltenham festival last year in the Champion Hurdle, finishing ninth.

Followed that with a second-place finish in the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown, won by Klassical Dream before going over fences for the first time at Fairyhouse in January, scoring by 15 lengths at 1/4 fav.

Last of six in the Ladbrokes Novice Chase since however, where Mighty Potter cruised home and has more to prove as a result of that run.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/04/23PUN24.5Y/Sft11-103
09/04/23FAI20Y/Sft11-104
16/03/23CHL20Sft11-76
05/02/23LEO21Y11-106
01/01/23FAI21Sft11-121
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
9
Harry Skelton

Unexpected Party

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: 138
Days: 47

Eight-year-old for Dan Skelton who has done ok over fences so far, finishing in the top three on each of his four runs over the larger obstacles.

Third of four behind Boothill and Jonbon on his second chase run before second of six at 8/13 favourite at Leicester next time out over 2m 4f.

Decent effort when third last time out here behind winner Stage Star and Datsalrightgino but may struggle in this significant step up in graded company.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/03/23CHL20Sft11-75
28/01/23CHL20.5Sft11-123
28/12/22LEI20Gd11-42
03/12/22SAN15.5GS11-73
14/11/22EXE19Gd11-22
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
6
Davy Russell

Mighty Potter

J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-7
OR: 162
Days: 39

Unbeaten chaser who was already very good over hurdles for Gordon Elliott, winning a couple of grade ones before being sent over fences.

Pretty comfortable victory first time out over fences at Down Royal in November before claiming grade one chasing success in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse in December, beating the likes of Gaillard Du Mesnil and Banbridge.

He beat a rival again last time out in the Ladbrokes Novice Chase to claim another grade one, staying on strongly to win by eight lengths with Gaillard Du Mesnil in third.

The six-year-old is a top prospect over fences and can claim more graded success here and is absolutely the one to beat.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/04/23FAI20Y/Sft11-10F
16/03/23CHL20Sft11-73
05/02/23LEO21Y11-101
04/12/22FAI20Sft11-121
04/11/22DRO19.5Y/Sft11-121
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
3

Banbridge

J:
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 152
Days: 40

Seven-year-old who won the Martin Pipe last year and has arguably been an even better chaser for Joseph O’Brien since debut over fences at Gowran Park in October, beating Indigo Breeze by eight lengths. Grade two success followed at this course in November before good third in the Drinmore in December.

Ten lengths behind Arkle winner El Fabiolo in the Irish Arkle last month and comes here as second favourite behind Mighty Potter, who might be too quick for him.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/04/23AIN20GS11-71
04/02/23LEO17Y11-122
04/12/22FAI20Sft11-123
12/11/22CHL16Gd11-41
01/10/22GOW20Gd/Y11-121
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
8
Harry Cobden

Stage Star

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 152
Days: 47

Smart hurdler for Paul Nicholls before being sent chasing after pulling up on last two hurdling outings at this course and Aintree last year.

Has since recorded two wins and two places over fences, including here 47 days ago when winning class one novice chase, conceding weight all round to beat Datsalrightgino by just under four lengths at 11/4 favourite.

Harry Cobden is booked to ride the seven-year-old here as Paul Nicholls’ sole runner in the race and can go well again albeit in a tougher race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/04/23AIN20GS11-75
16/03/23CHL20Sft11-71
28/01/23CHL20.5Sft12-01
02/01/23PLU20Sft11-71
25/11/22NBY20Gd11-42
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
2
Nico de Boinville

Balco Coastal

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 151
Days: 40

Respected seven-year-old for Nicky Henderson who has improved with each run over fences after winning two novice hurdles in 2021.

Was a disappointing fifth of six on chasing debut over 2m at Newbury before claiming class three glory at Kempton over Christmas, beating Solo by nine lengths.

Followed that with a narrow second to Brown Advisory favourite Gerri Colombe and can be in the mix again if continuing improvement over fences.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/03/23CHL20Sft11-77
04/02/23SAN20GS11-72
26/12/22KEM20.5Sft11-31
25/11/22NBY16.5Gd10-105
08/04/22AIN20GS10-123
Cheltenham - March 16 2023
Cheltenham 13:30
7
Adam Wedge

Notlongtillmay

J: Adam Wedge
T: L J Morgan
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 142
Days: 40

66/1 outsider for Laura Morgan who is unbeaten over fences albeit at class three level. Debut chase victory came at Wetherby before two more successes over the larger obstacles at Musselburgh, most recently beating Half Shot by nine lengths over 2m 4f.

Steps up to grade one company here and it would be a surprise to see the seven-year-old gelding take victory here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/03/23CHL20Sft11-72
04/02/23MUS20.5GS11-61
03/01/23MUS20.5Sft10-111
12/11/22WET15Gd10-101
30/01/22FON17.5Gd11-21