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The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

The third race of Day One at The Cheltenham Festival is The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase. Day One, also known as Champion Day, is the first of the four-day meeting that makes up The Festival.

Originating as The National Hunt Chase in 1860, The Festival did not take permanent residence at Cheltenham Racecourse until 1911 where it has remained since. Today, over 250,000 spectators descend on The Cheltenham Festival to witness history in the making over its four-day period.

Throughout the duration of The Cheltenham Festival, horseracing fanatics get to witness 28 elite races, including featured races The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Day One, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase On Ladies Day, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday, and the biggest of all, The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Friday.

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March featuring Champion Day as the first day of the event.

About the Race

Run on the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham and covering a total distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong, The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase is open to horses aged 5 years and above and consists of 20 fences to be jumped.

The Festival Trophy Handicap Chase has been sponsored by Ultima Business Solutions since 2015 but had been sponsored by the likes of Baylis & Harding, William Hill, The Ritz Club and many more since the early 1980s.

Several horses have gone on to win The Grand National within a few years of winning The Festival Trophy Handicap Chase, including Royal Tan, Team Spirit, West Tip, Seagram and Rough Quest.

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase will be the third race of Champion Day on Tuesday the 16th of March, beginning at 14:50.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Dickie Diver (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post favourite – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (29/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  2. The Conditional (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – will be 10 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (19/12/20) – trained by David Bridgwater
  3. Coko Beach (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (28/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  4. Kildisart (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (28/11/20) – trained by Ben Pauling
  5. Dashel Drasher (GB) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Jeremy Scott
  6. Jerrysback (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (23/01/21) – trained by Philip Hobbs
  7. Vinndication (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (28/11/20) – trained by Kim Bailey
  8. One For The Team (GB) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 10-11 (30/01/21) – trained by Nick Williams
  9. Discorama (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (15/11/20) – trained by Paul Nolan
  10. If The Cap Fits (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (23/01/21) – trained by Harry Fry

Tips

As one of the seven races on the racecard of Champion Day at The Cheltenham Festival, The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase attracts a lot of attention from more than just the usual horseracing fanatics. 

Everybody wants to get involved with this magical event, so with the help of our knowledgeable tipsters, people can make the right decisions on the day without having a metaphorical degree in contemporary horseracing or the history of Cheltenham Racecourse.

We look at the horses and their form, their trainers, their jockeys on the day, the length of the races, the state of the ground, the weather and much more to ensure we point punters in the direction of the appropriate horses.

Odds

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase has had some very impressive odds over the years, with favourite starting prices being 5/1 and higher.

In 2019, the shortest odds among the favourites was 8/1, meaning an £80 profit from a £10 bet on any of the joint-favourites. Even then, it was 10/1 Beware The Bear that stole the title, which would have returned 10x your stake in profits for an outright bet.

In 2018, Coo Star Sivola was the favourite with a starting price of 5/1. A £20 bet on this Nick Williams trained horse to come out on top would have returned £100 in profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The Conditional came out on top in 2020 with a starting price of 15/2, ridden by jockey Brandan Powell and trained by David Bridgwater.

This was an exhilarating race that only saw 13 of the 23 runners make it to the finish, with 10/1 Kildisart taking second place and 11/2 Discorama finishing third.

2019

Going back a year further it was 10/1 Beware The Bear that won the £61,897 first-place prize, ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson.

The 2019 edition of The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase had no clear favourite with several of the 24 runners being given the joint shortest odds of 8/1.

2018

5/1 favourite Coo Star Sivola won the £62,645 first-place prize from The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase in 2018, ridden by jockey Lizzie Kelly and trained by Nick Williams.

14/1 Shantou Flyer rallied hard for the final 100 yards to take the lead but was held off and finished in second, followed by 7/1 Vintage Clouds in third.

2017

9/1 8-year-old Un Temps Pour Tout was under a lot of pressure in the final stages of The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase in 2017 but held on to earn the win. Un Temps Pour Tout was ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe.

5/1 favourite Singlefarmpayment finished second in a race where only 15 of the 23 runners made it to the end.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.

Tickets

Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at cheltenham.co.uk.

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.

Hospitality

The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.

Odds

It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.