2023 Quintessentially Handicap Chase Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Saturday, 16 December 2023

Calico has failed to win on his past two appearances, although the bookies still think that the horse is the most likely winner of this race. The seven-year-old was second last time out when finishing runner-up to Triple Trade, with the horse falling at Aintree last April after a previous victory at Doncaster Racecourse.

In Excelsis Deo was third in his last race, with the five-year-old carrying less weight than his main rival. Harry Fry trains a runner who was third at Cheltenham in a previous outing, with the horse capable of further progression although there are other lively contenders including Aucunrisque and Funambule Sivola.

2023 Quintessentially Handicap Chase Tips

Calico heads the betting for this two mile, half a furlong encounter at Cheltenham and there’s a strong case for the horse landing a victory at relatively short racing betting odds. Although saddled with more weight than any other runner bar one, the Dan Skelton-trained charge has the highest rating in the field and should come back in strong form.

There was less than a length separating this runner and favourite Triple Trade in a handicap chase at Cheltenham Racecourse, with this coming over two miles on good to soft ground and a repeat performance could see a victory. In Excelsis Deo is a talented five-year-old who was able to finish third in a handicap chase at Prestbury Park at the end of October.

Aucunrisque is third in the betting and Chris Gordon trains a runner who has failed to win any of his previous few races, with the horse successful at Newbury back in February although the past five encounters have seen the charge fall short. The most recent outing was a fifth-placed finish out of eight runners at Ascot when Boothill was the winner.

Funambule Sivola is the top weight in this race, with Venetia Williams training an eight-year-old who has finished sixth in his previous two encounters. The horse was just behind Aucunrisque at Ascot and could run into a place, with the horse potentially struggling with the trip considering the amount of weight that has been apportioned his way.