2023 Festival Novices Chase Betting Odds & Racecard

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 2023 Festival Novices Chase.

The Nice Guy5/16/1
Minella Cocooner9/110/1
Three Stripe Life10/110/1
Gelino Bello16/112/1
James Du Berlais14/116/1
Gaillard Du Mesnil-20/1
Appreciate It-20/1
Blazing Khal20/120/1
Bring On The Night-20/1
Thyme Hill20/120/1
Journey With Me25/116/1
Dysart Dynamo25/120/1
Mighty Potter14/133/1
Cobblers Dream-25/1
Minella Crooner33/120/1
Hollow Games33/120/1
City Chief33/125/1
Classic Getaway33/133/1
Fil Dor33/133/1
Flame Bearer33/133/1
Bardenstown Lad-33/1
Gerri Colombe33/133/1
Gaelic Warrior-33/1
Deploy The Getaway-33/1
Stage Star33/133/1
Jpr One-40/1
Life In The Park-50/1
Carrig Sam-50/1
Grand Jury-50/1
Bear Ghylls50/150/1
Freedom To Dream-50/1
Daily Present50/150/1
Walking On Air50/150/1
Serious Charges66/150/1
Calva D'auge80/166/1

There are a couple of horses who are notable Cheltenham Festival market movers when it comes to the Festival Novices’ Chase. We should note that Cheltenham antepost betting odds should always be treated with caution as you will get big prices on the basis that the horses don’t always make it to the start line of the race in question.

Even so, it would now be a surprise if Galopin Des Champs didn’t line up in the 2023 Festival Novices’ Chase. Willie Mullins saw his charge land a victory in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, with Sean O’Keeffe riding him to a victory at betting odds of 8/1.

If you compare the Cheltenham Festival betting odds, Galopin Des Champs is currently a best price 7/4 with the leading Cheltenham betting sites and the horse’s odds shortened after returning to the track following a long lay-off. Paul Townend steered the charge to an odds-on victory by twenty-two lengths at Leopardstown over the festive period.

Bravemansgame looks like a great idea of a Cheltenham each-way horse racing bet, with Paul Nicholls having previous saddled lots of Cheltenham winners. Harry Cobden rode the horse to third in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle last year and will now look to succeed over the bigger obstacles at the Cheltenham Festival.

It has been three successive wins for Bravemansgame this season, with the latest of these coming in the Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton Park. This was a 6/5 favourite that obliged on Boxing Day, with the Cheltenham odds worth tracking.