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Latest 2020 Ultima Handicap Chase Betting
On day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival we have the first chase handicaps which is the Ultima Handicap Chase (called before the William Hill Trophy). This race is over three miles and one furlong and it was Nicky Henderson-trained Beware The Bear who won in 2019 at odds of 10/1. As soon as we will have more betting information on this race we will update this page so keep an eye as we approaching the Festival.
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Ultima Handicap Chase Betting Preview & Tips
Day 1 – Tuesday 10th March 2020 – 2.50pm – Ultima Handicap Chase – Grade 3 – 3m1f
The Ultima Handicap Chase is the first handicap race of the Cheltenham Festival and in the 2020 renewal will follow the Arkle on day one of the meeting. It is not an easy race for punters as any handicap of this sort, but there are some key trends we should use when picking our horse.
There are three important trends we have identified in the Ultima Handicap Chase.
1 – All the previous ten winner of this handicap chase had run at least once at Cheltenham
2 – Nine of the last ten winners have landed a race over three miles or more
3 – Nine of the last ten winners were present at the previous renewal of the Cheltenham Festival
Our Bet: The Conditional
The Conditional has made the switch to David Bridgewater’s stable at the beginning of the season. After a winless first season over fences in Ireland, The Conditional open his account this season after just two starts for Bridgewater. That success came at Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting. Tom Cannon’s mount defeated West Approach and secured an impressive win. He did very well in the Ladbrokes Trophy. De Rasher Counter managed to win eventually by just a length, but The Conditional was steadily closing on the winner. David Bridgewater’s eight years old failed to get home in the Classic Chase at Warwick, and dropping back to three miles will suit him. He is ticking every box to win the Ultima, and it is our confident pick.
Our Verdict: The Conditional
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2019 Ultima Handicap Chase Result
|1st||Beware The Bear 10/1|
|2nd||Vintage Clouds 16/1|
|3rd||Lake View Lad 25/1|
|4th||Big River 28/1|
Ultima Handicap Chase History
The Ultima Handicap Chase, formerly called the William Hill Trophy is a race over 3 miles and a half a furlong. This race is for 5 years olds and older that have to overcome 19 fences. The prize fund for the 2019 renewal was £75,000.
Horses that take part in the Ultima Handicap Chase are also likely to compete in the Grand National at Aintree the following April. In 2008 Wichita Lineman managed to won at the end of an extraordinary race. He was ridden by the legendary Tony McCoy and had an impressive comeback being nearly 20 lengths off at one time. Several jockeys have won this race twice, and amongst them, we have the likes of Robert Thornton and Paul Carberry. Trainer Fred Rimell and Fulke Walwyn have won this race four times each.