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Turner Novices' Chase odds: Facile Vega backed for Thursday opener

The opening race on Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival is the Grade 1 Turners Novices' Chase, registered as the Golden Miller.

Last year's race was won by the Paul Nicholls-trained Stage Star, who is amongst the favourites for the Ryanair Chase this time around.

Facile Vega is at the top of the betting for this year's race, with the former Champion Bumper winner looking to go one better than his second place in last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Turner Novices' Chase odds

(Odds will display when markets are available)

Facile Vega

Willie Mullins' seven-year-old immediately returned to the winners' circle by landing the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown a month after last year's Cheltenham Festival.

He won on his seasonal return at Navan but was then last of four in the Racing Post Novice Chase on Boxing Day, before finishing third in the Irish Arkle Novice Chase last time out.

Grey Dawning

Dan Skelton believes Grey Dawning to be one of the best novice chasers he has ever trained.

He enjoyed Grade 2 success by 14 lengths at Warwick last time out and is one to be feared in this field.

Ginny's Destiny

There isn't a horse in better form heading into this one than Ginny's Destiny.

Three consecutive wins at Cheltenham have included two on the New Course, and whilst they were admittedly at a lower level, Paul Nicholls clearly has a horse that loves running at Prestbury Park.

Iroko

Last season's Martin Pipe winner has schooled well for Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero ahead of this year's Cheltenham Festival.

His performance on his return at Warwick in November was strong enough and he should be in the frame for this one.

Zanahiyr

Zanahiyr broke his chasing duck in his last outing at Thurles and he could outrun his double-figure price here.

He has won a couple of Grade 2 races and has placed several times in Grade 1 company.

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