A 3m1f Handicap Chase normally run at a good speed and can therefore be a real test of stamina. The race often features past and future Grand National Runners.
Despite being a handicap this has been a good race for punters over the years with horses near the front of the market showing a good return.
Runners in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase at The Festival
Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Trends
Below are some of the recent trends for this race but for much more detailed analysis read Micko70s trend blog on this race here
|15/15||were aged between 7yo-10yo|
|15/15||came off at least an 18-day break (0-73 those off shorter)|
|15/15||have carried no more than 11-7|
|15/15||had run 2-7 times that season|
|15/15||had run 3-12 times at undulating tracks (0-96 the rest)|
|15/15||had won 3-9 times in their career|
|15/15||finished their race last time out (0-47 those who didn’t)|
|13/15||had previously won over at least 2m7½f |
Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Trends Analysis
The Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase has been an excellent race for horses that have run well at previous Festivals
with some managing to perform well in this race more than once.
Bensalem won here in 2011 and would have gone very close but for falling in 2010 and Ad Hoc, Juveigneur and Irish Hussar were all recently placed twice in this race.
2014 winner Holywell was winning at the Festival for the second consecutive year having won the Pertemps Hurdle in 2013. The same horse also finished runner-up to Un Temps Pour Tout last year
So focus on any Festival winner or previously placed horse from this race
who are targeted here.The favourite has a poor record in this race
with only two outright favourites winning since 1977.
Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age/weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2017||Un Temps Pour Tout||8-11-12||D Pipe||T Scudamore||9/1|
|2016||Un Temps Pour Tout||7-11-7||D Pipe||T Scudamore||11/1|
|2015||The Druids Nephew||8-11-3||N Mulholland||B Geraghty||8/1|
|2014||Holywell||7-11-6||JJ O'Neill||AP McCoy||10/1|
|2013||Golden Chieftain||8-10-2||C Tizzard||B Powell||28/1|
|2012||Alfie Sherrin||9-10-0||JJ ONeill||R McLernon||14/1|
|2011||Bensalem||8-11-2||A King||R Thornton||5/1|
|2010||Chief Dan George||10-10-10||J Moffatt||P Aspell||33/1|
|2009||Wichita Lineman||8-10-9||JJ ONeill||AP McCoy||5/1F|
|2008||An Accordion||7-10-12||D Pipe||T Scudamore||7/1|
Ultima Handicap Chase Trainer Statistics
The table below outlines some of the top trainers record in the Ultima Handicap Chase over the last ten years
|Trainer||Number of runners||Wins||Other Placed Horses||Win LSP||Each Way LSPUltima Chase Top Trainers|
|N Twiston Davies||16||0||0||-16.00||-16.00|
Two trainers stand out in this race: Jonjo ONeill
and David Pipe
who have won 50% of the last ten runnings and have had four other horses placed!
This hasn't been a good race recently for Nigel Twiston-Davies, Venetia Williams and Paul Nicholls with just two placed runners between them from 40 runners.
Ultima Business Solution Forum Tips
OLBG shrewdie Randy Rann
is a big fan of a horse who is a former winner of this race:
Holywell won this race under it's former guise in 2014 off a mark of 143 and that was a pretty good year with a strong field vanquished.He came back last year and was a gallant second but I won't forget the way he tanked through the race and was only undone by a very smart horse close home. Don't forget this horse won the Pertemps Final over hurdles in 2013 and that makes his record at the Cheltenham Festival from four attempts to 1142 so you can see the canny trainer Jonjo O'Neill is priming him up for a tilt at a race he has finished 1st and second in. As long as the opening day ground isn't a bog I fancy HOLYWELL to run another mammoth race.
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Following this handicap chase we have the main race of the day, The Champion Hurdle
. Read our preview here.