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Novices Handicap Chase betting tips, predictions, odds and free bets (DAY 1 - March 13, 2018)

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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. Last year's race was won by Alan Fleming's Tully East (8/1) under jockey Denis O'Regan.! Check out here our Cheltenham 2018 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.

DE PLOTTING SHED is a lightly-raced chaser with a runner-up effort to RSA favourite Presenting Percy last October. Anyway, connections and punter are very confident about his chance in this company.

BARNEY DWAN finished second in the Pertemps Final 12 months ago. He has won his last two starts over fences, at Market Rasen and Musselburgh.

Nicky Henderson's RATHER BE recorded a facile but impressive victory in the Lycetts Chase at Fakenham, as he led from the start to win by 17 lengths.

Ted Walsh’s ANY SECOND NOW another interesting Irish contender. He was beaten by highly rated Footpad in the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase by 11 lenghts.

TESTIFY ran out an impressive seven-length winner of the Altcar Novices’ Chase to maintain his unbeaten start over fences at Haydock Park on January, making  it three wins from three starts this season.

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DIVINE SPEAR is well regarded and has always shown potential. His form over hurdles was strong but he's looked even better this season since going over fences, form figures of 1-1-2.

MISTER WHITAKER is going from strength to strength over fences. He won a novice handicap at Carlisle (by two lengths from Solstice Star) in November and was a good second to Hell's Kitchen in a similar event at Kempton. He showcased a good stamina when landing a heavy-ground C&D handicap in January.

ROCKLANDER was an impressive winner over fences at Newbury in the 2m6f Betfred Limited Novices Handicap Chase earlier this season. He has been kept fresh for this race.

LE ROCHER is a Grade-1 winning hurdler as a juvenile who made it 3 of 3 in this sphere with a battling victory at Market Rasen in January. His winning run ended at Exeter last time out.

This is a very hard race to predict with many horses able to cause an upset. TYCOON PRINCE, BALLYHILL, LIVELOVELOUGH, IBIS DU RHEU, COBRA DE MAI, JAMESON and MARKOV all deserver a mention.

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  • This race has only been won by the favourite twice
  • 11 of the last 13 winners returned 12/1 or shorter
  • 9 of the last 13 winners finished first or second last time out
  • 6 of the last 11 winners had previously won over two miles and four furlongs
  • 7 of the last winners of this race had won no more than once over fences.
  • 12 of the last 13 winners raced in the last 45 days
  • The last 8 renewals have been taken by horse’s carrying at least 11st 8lb.


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