Ultima Handicap Chase Odds
Day 1 - Tuesday 13th March 2018 - 2.50pm - Festival Handicap Chase - Grade 3 - 3m1f
This is the first of the chase handicaps of the Cheltenham Festival, run over three miles and one furlong. Formally known as the William Hill Trophy (or Festival Handicap), the Nick Williams-trained Coo Star Sivola was a 5/1 winning favourite in 2018.
Latest 2019 Festival Handicap Chase Betting
2018 Festival Handicap Chase Result
|1st||Coo Star Sivola 5/1F||6||L Kelly||N Williams|
|2nd||Shantou Flyer 14/1||8||J Bowen||R Hobson|
|3rd||Vintage Clouds 7/1||8||D Cook||Mrs S Smith|
|4th||Beware The Bear 14/1||8||J McGrath||N Henderson|
Festival Handicap Chase Background
The Ultima Handicap Chase, formerly known as the William Hill Trophy, is run over 3 miles and a half a furlong. The race is open to 5 year olds and over, and involves 19 fences and a prize fund of £75,000.
Runners often go on to compete in the Grand National at Aintree in April. Wichita Lineman was a notable winner in 2008 as he produced a stunning comeback to claim glory after being nearly 20 lengths off the pace at one point. He was ridden by the great Tony McCoy, who only has one winner in this handicap chase up to 2011, while there are several leading jockeys with two wins to their name including Robert Thornton and Paul Carberry. Trainer Fred Rimell claimed four winners in the 1950s and only Fulke Walwyn has matched that feat with four victories from 1961 to 1977.