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Novices Handicap Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 1)

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This race was formerly known as the Jewson Handicap Chase and was introduced in 2005. The race has been now renamed and moved to the last race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. This race will always have a very tight look to it now that the race conditions have changed and the whole field are likely to be very closely matched.Mister Whitaker won the 2018 Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase coming out best in the closest finish on day one of the Festival for trainer Mick Channon and jockey Brian Hughes. Check out here our Cheltenham 2019 Novices' Handicap Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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The Close Brothers Novices' Chase concludes the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, and the race, first run in 2005, has only been won by the favourite twice. This race is a Listed chase covering two miles and four and half furlongs, for novice chasers aged five and older who have a handicap rating of between 0 to 140. Now the final race on day one, the race is still as competitive as ever, with a whole host of horses battling it out for favouritsm.

It is a very difficult handicap to win, requiring a novice that is talented, but also well handicapped.

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

RIDERS ON THE STORM opened his account last time out at Punchestown on his third start over the bigger obstacles. The 6yo trained by Tom Taaffe also won once over hurdles and is one of the least exposed horses in the race.

A PLUS TARD has only had three starts since coming over from France but is receiving good support in the betting. He was a good second at Gowran Park on his Irish debut and followed it defeating the useful Duc Des Genievres at Naas and was 2nd in a Grade 3 contest last time out.

MOVINGWITHTHETIMES was odds on at Fakenham for his chasing debut when coming down at the 8th fence. He then had a run in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham and had a decent race only to fall at the last, when he was in fourth place.
CUBOMANIA is a winner of two hurdle races and four chases from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. He finished 10 lengths behind Whisperinthebreeze when fifth of 13 at 6-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Leopardstown over 2m 5f last month. He has won 3 times this season.

SPRINGTOWN LAKE has won two hurdle races and a chase at 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. He finished 12 lengths behind Adrien Du Pont when fourth of 8 at 11/4 (favourite) on his latest outing in a chase at Kempton over 3m in December last year.

GOOD MAN PAT has won two hurdle races, a chase and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on soft and heavy ground. He was third of 4 behind Bags Groove beaten 5 lengths at 5/1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 888Sport Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton over 2m 4f (good) last month.

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HIGHWAY ONE O ONE comes from a very decent effort behind Kildisart here at Cheltenham while TOWER BRIDGE won a new 2m6f Grade 1 novice hurdle at Leopardstown last time out,

ROARING BULL has won twice over fences this season including a 14 length victory at Naas last month.

LOUGH DERG SPIRIT certainly has the right profile having won last time out when beating Lillington by 12 lengths. He is getting in the race on a mark of 142 and should be in the mix.

BRELAN D'AS has won twice including last time out at Fakenham and has had plenty of experience over fences having had 8 starts.

SHADY OPERATOR was only fourth in a Grade 3 contest at Naas at the end of January but improved since then and shouldn't be ruled out.

Other horses that deserve a mention are RED INDIAN, WALT and SOLOMN GRUNDY.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • 12 of the 14 winners were in the first six in the betting
  • 13 of the last 19 winners have returned at 10/1 or less
  • 10 of the last 14 winners finished first or second last time out
  • 6 of the 8 eight winners were victorious on their previous start
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were rated 142+
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged 7 or 8
  • 9 of the last 10 winners carried 10-9 or more


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