Ultima Handicap Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 1)

  • Written by Simon Bettarini
The Grade 3 Festival Handicap Chase is run over 3 miles and one furlong. The race is open to 5 year olds and over, and involves 20 fences. It is the first big handicap of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival meeting and will as always be an ultra competitive race. The 2019 renewal saw Beware Of The Bear winning a hard-fought contest. Jerry McGrath steered him first past the post with odds of 10/1. Don't miss our Ultima Handicap Chase race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

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Formerly the Jewson's Novices Handicap Chase, the Festival Novices' Handicap Chase was  moved to the opening day card in 2011 after the introduction of the new Jewson Novices Chase to the DAY 3 racecard. The race itself is run over 3 miles at Cheltenham and there are 20 fences for the field to jump around the old course at Prestbury Park. It's a Grade 3 handicap chase, for horses aged five and upwards, where many of the top handicappers come together, producing a thrilling race. The prize fund is £110,000.

Many horses will arrive looking well handicapped making it very hard to predict the winner. Furthermore, some of the previous winners have carried big weights to victory.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Ultima Handicap Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

VINNDICATION, a decent 5th behind Defi Du Seuil in the JLT Chase last year, won his seasonal debut at Ascot in November. He has only had five starts over fences and just one over 3m so is relatively unexposed on all levels. He is set to carry top weight.

THE CONDITIONAL won over this course and distance in October before finishing a fine second to De Rasher Counter in the Ladbrokes Trophy. He’s gone up 10lbs since then and could be a live contender.

DISCORAMA has run at the last two Cheltenham Festival’s and finished second on both occasions (Martin Pipe and National Hunt Chase). Plus, he ended last season with a very good second in the three mile novice Grade One at the Punchestown Festival. He ran over hurdles on Boxing Day seemingly with the view of protecting his handicap mark. Since then he has been given a wind op and comes to Cheltenham with a brilliant chance.

KILDISART has slipped to a very attractive handicap mark after four runs this season and shouldn't be overlooked.

WHO DARES WINS opened his account over fences at the third time of asking in the Grade Two Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton on February and could be an interesting option off a mark of 147

MISTER MALARKY has not been in good form this season but remains a potential improver and has good experience at Cheltenham.

NO COMMENT is an useful chaser but was his last two performace have been underwhelming. He was below-form fifth at Newbury before falling at Leopardstown last time out.

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Dark horses?

This race provide plenty of options for long-shots backers.

CEPAGE suffered two defeats in his first 2 starts this term before gaining deserved win here at Cheltenham on his latest outing in January, beating Spiritofthegames by 1/2 lenghts.

BURBANK was impressive when winning at Newbury at Christmas time but has since ran below par at Doncaster, he needs to bounce back here.

MULCAHYS HILL made a winning return in 3m novice here in October but was beaten in a match at Newcastle having pulled up when favourite for the Becher in December. He had wind op and refitted with cheekpieces.

COBRA DE MAI finished 20l behind Ok Corral when sixth of 14 at 16-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Doncaster over 3m in January. Back on winning mark so he is worth considering.

COGRY recorded his fourth course win with a typically game front-running display in December and ran another good race here at Cheltenham last January, when runner-up to Doing Fine off 4 lb higher.

The likes of ELWOOD, BIG RIVER, ACTIVIAL and VINTAGE CLOUDS also have the potential to be in top five on their day.

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  • Just 2 of the last 12 favorites have won the race
  • 16 of the last 20 winners returned 11/1 or shorter
  • 14 of the last 19 winners came from the top 4 in the betting
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged 7-9
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were officially rated 142 or higher, including the last six
  • 10 of the last 12 winners had at least 3 previous runs at Cheltenham (6 were previous winners)
  • All winners since 2000 had won over 3m+ before


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What is the distance of the Ultima Handicap Chase?

The Festival Handicap Chase is run on a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong

How many obstacles are jumped in the Ultima Handicap Chase?

There are 20 fences to jump for the Ultima Handicap Chase runners

What time is the Ultima Handicap Chase?

The Festival Handicap Chase is the 3rd race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 10, 2020 and the official starting time is 2:50pm.

What is the prize money for the Festival Handicap Chase?

The total prize money on offer for the Ultima Festival Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £110,000.

Who won the Ultima Handicap Chase last year?

Last year's renewal was won by Beware Of The Bear at SP of 10/1, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Jerry McGrath.

What weights are carried for the Ultima Handicap Chase?

11st 4lb. 7lb allowance for mares.

Who is the leading jockey in the Ultima Handicap Chase?

Tom Scudamore and Robert Thornton are the joint leaders in terms of victories in this race.

Who is the leading trainer in the Ultima Handicap Chase?

David Pipe and Jonjo O'Neill are the most successful trainers in Ultima Handicap Chase history with 3 winners and 6 places each.
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