Ultima Handicap Chase Tips - 2:50pm Cheltenham

2019 Ultima Handicap Chase Preview

Officially called the Festival Trophy, this race is the first handicap of the four day meeting and a very competitive contest at that. It’s run over an extended three miles and bags of stamina is required here so don’t be surprised if a few of these runners are entered in the Grand National. We have the full field of 24 runners and they won't hang about here.

It’s a poor race for the Irish raiders with no win since 2006 when Tony Martin won with Dun Doire. On the other side of the coin Jonjo O’Neill has won it the race three times in the last ten years.

Jonjo’s representative this time round is Minella Rocco who is starting to look well handicapped after quiet spell.

Two years ago he was second in the Gold Cup behind Sizing John and obviously anything like that form would make him dangerous here off his current mark. He hasn’t showed enough recently to get that excited about but you wouldn’t be surprised if he ran well.

Paul Nicholls saddles the well fancied Give Me A Copper, the 9yo is very lightly raced with only three starts over fences in his career. He won at Kempton like a decent horse last season and his only run this term was a respectable 4th at Kempton in February. That will have put him straight for this and looks a danger to all of 145.

Another runner with a big chance is Mister Whitaker trained by Mick Channon. He won the 2m4f Novice Handicap last season at the Festival and comes here 14lbs higher. He is unproven at this trip so on the face of it has plenty to prove.

Last time out he was 4th at Ascot to Cyrname which has turned out to be very good form and one thig going for him is that he always rune well here at Cheltenham.

Singlefarmpayment is a regular in this contest, he was second in 2017 and last year was 5th behind the novice Coo Star Sivola. The 9yo has had plenty of chances but you have to go back 3 years to find his last victory and is probably more of an each way bet than anything. 

Colin Tizzard has a couple of interesting runners and his main hope looks to be Royal Vacation, he has been running over longer trips all season so will have no trouble in the stamina department. He will be ridden by Aidan Coleman.

Nicky Henderson had plenty entered in this race and his Beware The Bear is worth a second look after a fine win last time out here at Cheltenham on New Years Day.

The 9yo was wearing blinkers for the first time that day so he could well improve on his 4th here twelve months ago from just one pound higher in the weights.

Willie Mullins has a poor record in this contest but his Up For Review who is owned by Graham Wiley looks to have a decent chance. He was pulled up when fancied for the Albert Bartlett last season but has since won twice from six outings over fences.

His third in the Thyestes Chase reads very well and gets to run off the same mark here.

Jessica Harrington run Magic Of Light, the 8yo won at Ascot in January and then was a decent second to Happy Diva at Huntingdon. He came down last time out but could easily bounce back here.

Finally we have to mention last years winner Coo Star Sivola trained by Nick Williams. He has yet to show any decent form this season but he wouldnt be the first horse to regain his enthusiasm back at the scene of his most notable win.


Punters Lounge Tip: Mister Whitaker EW 12/1 at Betfair - Click Here To Bet

Ultima Handicap Chase Latest Betting
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Drifting
Hold The Note
16/116/116/1
Oldgrangewood
14/120/1
Roaring Bull
20/1
Vinndication
20/1
Highest Sun
20/120/120/1
Pistol Whipped
20/1
Kimberlite Candy
16/120/120/120/1
Le Breuil
16/120/1
Vintage Clouds
10/120/120/1
Samcro
20/1
Two Taffs
Yala Enki
25/1
Ballyoptic
25/1
Highway One O One
My Old Gold
25/1
Truckers Lodge
25/1
White Moon
25/1
Vision Des Flos
25/1
Flying Angel
Give Me A Copper
20/120/125/120/120/1
Any Second Now
16/125/125/1
On The Blind Side
20/125/125/1
Now McGinty
25/1
Plan Of Attack
20/125/1
No Comment
20/120/1
Discorama
33/133/1
Mister Whitaker
33/125/133/1
West Approach
33/133/1
Slate House
25/133/1
Singlefarmpayment
33/133/1
Rock The Kasbah
33/133/1
Mister Malarky
20/125/133/125/133/1
Captain Chaos
25/133/125/1
De Rasher Counter
16/133/120/116/133/125/1
Just A Sting
33/1
Dragon dEstruval
33/1
Belami Des Pictons
25/133/133/1
Kildisart
33/1
Cabaret Queen
25/133/1
Tarada
40/1
Impulsive Star
40/1
Present Man
40/1
Onefortheroadtom
33/140/1
The Young Master
40/1
Dandy Dan
40/1
Royal Vacation
40/1
Cobra De Mai
40/1
Tout Est Permis
40/150/1
Drinks Interval
66/1
Pym
12/1
Paddypower
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12/1
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The Conditional
12/1
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12/1
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Hold The Note
16/1
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Glenloe
16/1
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16/1
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Copperhead
16/1
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Oldgrangewood
20/1
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Roaring Bull
20/1
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20/1
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Vinndication
20/1
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20/1
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Highest Sun
20/1
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20/1
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Pistol Whipped
20/1
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20/1
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Kimberlite Candy
20/1
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20/1
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16/1
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Le Breuil
20/1
Paddypower
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20/1
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Vintage Clouds
20/1
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20/1
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Samcro
20/1
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20/1
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Two Taffs
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Early Doors
20/1
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20/1
20/1
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16/1
16/1
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Fitzhenry
20/1
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20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
16/1
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Yala Enki
25/1
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25/1
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Ballyoptic
25/1
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25/1
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Highway One O One
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SP
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My Old Gold
25/1
Bet365
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25/1
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Truckers Lodge
25/1
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25/1
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