2022 Festival Novices Chase Racecard Betting Odds

Seen as a staging post in the journey towards Cheltenham Gold Cup glory, the Festival Novices Chase is perhaps the most prestigious non-championship race at the Cheltenham Festival. Always attracting the best novice chasers in the business, this fantastic Grade 1 event – which is run over a distance of just over three miles, with 19 fences to tackle – certainly requires both stamina and jumping ability from the horses who wish to challenge. This year’s renewal looks as hot as ever so read on as we pick out our betting tips and make our predictions about what will transpire in the 2022 Festival Novices Chase.

Galopin Des Champs11/29/25/15/1
Ahoy Senor13/25/16/16/1
Bob Olinger8/112/111/110/1
My Drogo12/110/111/110/1
Beacon Edge10/112/112/112/1
Appreciate It12/118/112/112/1
Klassical Dream10/125/116/110/1
Thyme Hill14/120/116/1-
Farouk D'alene14/116/125/1-
Gaillard Du Mesnil25/116/120/116/1
Minella Drama-20/1--
Fury Road25/116/1--
Jungle Boogie20/122/1--
French Dynamite25/120/125/1-
Ferny Hollow-25/1--
Bothwell Bridge25/125/1--
Does He Know33/133/122/1-
Deploy The Getaway33/125/133/1-
Gars De Sceaux33/133/133/125/1
Mr Incredible40/140/125/120/1
Lieutenant Command33/133/133/1-
Jon Snow33/133/133/1-
Indiana Jones33/133/1--
Elixir D'ainay-33/1--
Frontal Assault33/133/1--
Bear Ghylls-33/133/1-
Noble Yeats50/125/125/1-
Paisley Park33/150/120/1-
Hometown Boy33/140/1--
Oscar Elite66/133/125/125/1
Millers Bank-50/125/1-
Ashdale Bob50/125/1--
Honest Vic-40/1--
Imperial Alcazaar-40/1--
Gentleman de Mee-40/1--
Star Gate-40/1--
Make Me A Believer33/150/140/1-
Barbados Buck's40/150/1-33/1
Dreams Of Home50/133/1--
Lifetime Ambition50/150/128/1-
Papa Tango Charly-50/1-40/1
Tea Clipper50/166/125/1-
Pure Genius-50/1--
Houx Gris-50/1--
Hardy Du Seuil50/150/1--
Flash Collonges50/166/140/1-
Imperial Alcazar66/150/140/1-
Grand Paradis66/166/125/1-
Five O'clock50/166/150/1-
The Bosses Oscar50/166/150/1-
Fancy Foundations50/166/1--
Navajo Pass66/166/166/1-
Will Carver-66/1--
Diol Ker100/150/1--
Streets Of Doyen100/1100/1-40/1
J'ai Froid100/1100/1--
Minella Escape100/1100/1--
Es Perfecto-100/1--
Ashtown Lad-100/1--
Your Darling100/1125/1--

The 2022 Festival Novices' Chase is also known by many as the Festival Novices Chase and it’s always a highlight of the Cheltenham Festival, with some of the leading novice chasers competing on Day Two of the meeting and the distance is a gruelling three miles plus.

Many leading contenders who perform well in the Festival Novices Chase go on to compete in later Cheltenham Gold Cup races and Monkfish seems to tick that box, with Willie Mullins having a superstar on his hands and the seven-year-old seems a virtual certainty to be sent off as the short price favourite to win this one.

Monkfish won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle twelve months ago when obliging at odds of 5/1 and he’s enjoyed a couple of relatively easy victories since that triumph at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, with the horse landing the spoils at Fairyhouse before a Grade 1 victory in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase over Christmas.

Nevertheless, there will be punters looking to oppose Monkfish at the prices and Latest Exhibition looks a good idea of an each-way gamble at the current prices, with Paul Nolan not a trainer renowned for racking up Cheltenham Festival wins although he’s got a lively chance in the Festival Novices Chase this time around.

The horse was only beaten by a neck in the Albert Bartlett in last year’s Cheltenham Festival and has continued to serve up some impressive performances, winning a Beginners’ Chase before running well behind Monkfish at Leopardstown.

The Big Breakaway could line up in this race for trainer Colin Tizzard and the horse ran fairly well when finishing fourth in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle last year and has since taken well to the bigger obstacles, with a notable victory being achieved at Cheltenham in November.