Ultima Handicap Chase Betting Odds Comparison - Cheltenham

16/03/2021 14:30:00

The Ultima Handicap Chase is also known as the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase, with this race being over three miles and one furlong. It is open to horses who are aged five years old or over.

At the moment, the race is sponsored by Ultima Business Solutions and the 2019 renewal saw Beware the Bear claim a victory for trainer Nicky Henderson. This was the first time that Henderson had ever enjoyed victory in this particular race.

This time around, it is GLENLOE who is trading as the favourite to win the Ultima, with the Gordon Elliott-trained charge having made three outings this season although none of those have resulted in a victory.

The nine-year-old finished fifth behind Faugheen at Punchestown before running into third at Navan in December and then finishing in the frame at Limerick on 28 December.

Glenloe did finish second in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle behind Delta Work two years ago, although it could be worth looking at alternatives as we get closer to the race.

THE CONDITIONAL looks another likely runner and David Bridgwater’s charge has already won at Cheltenham racecourse this season, obliging on 26 October in a Handicap Chase that also included favourite West Approach and Cogry.

The Conditional was recently fourth in a race at Warwick after making a mistake towards the end of the encounter although he’s likely to line up in this race and is certainly one to watch.

EARLY DOORS is another likely runner and we saw the Joseph O’Brien-trained horse win the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs.

It’s all about whether the JP McManus-owned horse can now return and win at the Cheltenham Festival for a second time, with the runner finishing second at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve, with O’Brien likely to prepare the horse for the third race of the Cheltenham meeting.