Ultima Handicap Chase Odds
Day 1 - Tuesday 10th March 2020 - 2.50pm - Festival Handicap Chase - Grade 3 - 3m1f
Latest 2020 Festival Handicap Chase Betting
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 Nicky Henderson-trainde Beware The Bear was a 10/1 winner in 2019.
2019 Festival Handicap Chase Result
|1st||Beware The Bear 10/1||9||J McGrath||N Henderson|
|2nd||Vintage Clouds 16/1||9||D Cook||S Smith|
|3rd||Lake View Lad 25/1||9||H Brooke||N Alexander|
|4th||Big River 28/1||9||D Fox||L Russell|
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.