2025 Ultima Handicap Chase Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Tuesday, 11 March 2025

The Ultima Handicap Chase is the first handicap race of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, with punters getting the chances to work out the horses which are the most favourably weighted out of a field of big runners. There are lots of lively each-way chances and this is a race where the bookies traditionally offer a large number of places in this regard.

Nassalam and Broadway Boy are among the leading contenders for the race although the winner of the past two renewals could also be on the shortlist. Grand National winner Corach Rambler has previously set the benchmark although there might be difficulties when it comes to the amount of weight afforded to this runner.

Stumptown
Stumptown
13.00
Stumptown
Stumptown
Best Odds13.00
All Odds12/1
Chianti Classico
Chianti Classico
13.00
Chianti Classico
Chianti Classico
Best Odds13.00
All Odds12/1
Meetingofthewaters
Meetingofthewaters
15.00
Meetingofthewaters
Meetingofthewaters
Best Odds15.00
All Odds14/1
American Mike
American Mike
17.00
American Mike
American Mike
Best Odds17.00
All Odds16/1
Sandor Clegane
Sandor Clegane
17.00
Sandor Clegane
Sandor Clegane
Best Odds17.00
All Odds16/1
Famous Bridge
Famous Bridge
21.00
Famous Bridge
Famous Bridge
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Monbeg Genius
Monbeg Genius
21.00
Monbeg Genius
Monbeg Genius
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
The Goffer
The Goffer
21.00
The Goffer
The Goffer
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Trelawne
Trelawne
21.00
Trelawne
Trelawne
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Apple Away
Apple Away
21.00
Apple Away
Apple Away
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Kitty's Light
Kitty's Light
21.00
Kitty's Light
Kitty's Light
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Mr Vango
Mr Vango
26.00
Mr Vango
Mr Vango
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
The Jukebox Man
The Jukebox Man
26.00
The Jukebox Man
The Jukebox Man
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Weveallbeencaught
Weveallbeencaught
26.00
Weveallbeencaught
Weveallbeencaught
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Henry's Friend
Henry's Friend
26.00
Henry's Friend
Henry's Friend
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Victtorino
Victtorino
26.00
Victtorino
Victtorino
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Twig
Twig
26.00
Twig
Twig
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Kilbeg King
Kilbeg King
34.00
Kilbeg King
Kilbeg King
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1

2024 Ultima Handicap Chase Tips

Nassalam finished tenth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, with Gary Moore expecting his six-year-old to be more competitive when lining up in the 2024 Ultima Handicap Chase. The horse has put in some solid showings this season, finishing fourth out of ten runners at Aintree before a recent success at Chepstow out of ten runners in December.

Broadway Boy has succeeded in three of his four outings this term and could be another one for the shortlist. The five-year-old was last seen obliging as the 11/8 favourite when winning a handicap chase over three miles and two furlongs, with this coming after a Novices’ Chase success where the runner was able to secure a twenty-length victory.

Chianti Classico was able to record a big victory at Chepstow in October when scoring against six other runners and has since followed up this win with another success at Ascot. Monbeg Genius is another familiar name in the betting and there was a third-placed finish in the Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase over three miles and two furlongs.

Martin Brassil will expect the seven-year-old to perform well depending on the amount of weight afforded to a horse who was able to fend off Appreciate It by half a length at Punchestown last month. Back in April, the horse actually beat Galopin Des Champs at Punchestown and that could see him directed to another Cheltenham race.


2023 Ultima Handicap Chase Betting Odds

The bookmakers will be watching where the money goes when it comes to the 2023 Ultima Handicap Chase, especially as the weights don’t always create a level playing field. Into Overdrive looks like a worthy favourite if the horse does go off as the market leader, with the eight-year-old having twice been in the winners’ enclosure and also registered a runner-up spot this season.

Mark Walford saw his runner produce a solid performance when finishing runner-up to L’Homme Presse in a handicap chase at Newcastle back in November, with the runner then winning the William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase over three miles at Warwick Racecourse and the runner beat several horses who are likely to be lining up here.

However, there are any number of potential winners, with Nassalam bidding to land a first win of the season for trainer Gary Moore. A third-placed finish in the Paddy Power New Year's Day Handicap Chase was fairly respectable and demonstrated that this runner is able to perform well at Cheltenham Racecourse, with more to come from this charge.

The Goffer has been in the frame several times this season and also merits respect, with Gordon Elliott’s horse likely to attract plenty of attention. There was a 10/1 winner in the Bulmers Leopardstown Handicap Chase at Leopardstown Racecourse in early February, although the horse struggled to make an impression in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle last year.


2022 Ultima Handicap Chase Tips

It’s worth keeping tabs on the 2022 Ultima Handicap Chase odds and working out the Cheltenham betting site that has the biggest prices about the horse you want to back. At the time of writing, the Cheltenham bookies have different Ultima favourites, with some betting sites wanting to get on the right side of Shan Blue.

Alternatively, other firms are expecting Does He Know to take lots of beating, while Imperial Alcazar, Aye Right and Escaria Ten are among the other market leaders. Punters know that if they have an each-way bet, then they can profit if the horse finishes in the top four or five places overall.

Shan Blue the Market Mover for the Ultima Handicap Chase

Dan Skelton saw Shan Blue run a creditable race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival when finishing fifth in the Marsh Novices’ Chase. The horse was sent off at Cheltenham betting odds of 10/1 and finishing behind eventual winner Chantry House along with Fusil Raffles, Asterion Forlonge and Chatham Street Lad. However, this is clearly a step down in class and a step up in trip.

Shan Blue then finished a distant second to Chantry House over a longer trip at Aintree, with Skelton then sending out the horse in the Charlie Hall Chase at October. The runner ran a blinder and looked the winner all ends up before falling at Wetherby, with the horse now returning to the Cheltenham track and we can see the runner going well.

Who Are the Other Ultima Handicap Chase Favourites?

Does He Know is an experienced campaigner at Cheltenham Racecourse and the Kim Bailey-trained runner finished fifth in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle and the fact that the horse was sent off at 50/1 means that the horse outran his Cheltenham betting odds and set himself up for a successful future season.

There was a Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in November where the horse finished second behind Threeunderthrufive over three miles and it’s clear that this Prestbury Park experience can secure him a big performance in the Ultima. However, a lot of recent successes have been achieved in a small field.


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.