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 Handicap Chase at The Festival
Ultima Hcap Chase Trends
Below are some of the recent trends for this race
|16 / 16||Came off a break of at least 18 days|
|16 / 16||Highest class ran in was not a Grade 3|
|16 / 16||Were aged between 7yo & 10yo|
|16 / 16||Had previous won over at least 21.5f|
|16 / 16||Did not make their debut in a Class 5 race|
|16 / 16||Highest class won in was not a Grade 2|
|16 / 16||Came from a trainer with no more than 6 runners that day at Cheltenham|
|16 / 16||Had ran between 3-10 times in the past year (365 days)|
|16 / 16||Had previously ran over the distance or further at least twice|
|15 / 16||Had previously won no more than 3 chases|
|13 / 16||Had ran in England last time out (Including all the last 8)|
Ultima 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 in 2016 and Un Temps Pour Tout won the race in 2017 for the second year on the spin.
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 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||Runners||Wins||Places (Inc Wins)||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
Two trainers stand out in this race: Jonjo ONeill
and David Pipe
who have won 60% 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 one placed runner between them from 39 runners.
Ultima Hcap Chase Forum Tips
We will be adding a tip for this race from the OLBG forum as we get closer to the race.
Join in the Ultima Handicap Chase discussion
with OLBG members on the forum.
Following this handicap chase we have the main race of the day, The Champion Hurdle
. Read our preview here.