Ultima Handicap Chase

The Ultima Handicap Chase is a Grade 3 race, run on the Old Course with runners having to jump a total of 19 fences. It’s always hard to pick a winner in this race, with many of winners being double figure prices.

The winners of the Festival Handicap Chase often go on to run in the Grand National, with a few horses winning both races. Jonjo O’Neill has a great record in this race in recent years, in the 8 runnings since 2009 he has won 3 of them.

When betting on this race it is important to look for a horse who is proven over this trip, as stamina can often let horses down in this race.

2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 3 Handicap Steeplechase Race

Distance: 3m 1/2f 

Age: 5 year olds +

Weight: Handicap

Allowances: Handicap

Prize Fund: £110,000


2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Tuesday 10 March

Cheltenham (Old Course) 2.50: Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 3m1f (ITV)


  • Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe have both trained two winners of the race in the last 10 years, the latter with dual winner Un Temps Pour Tout
  • There has not been an Irish winner in the past 10 runnings


  • 8yo winners: 4
  • 7yo: 2
  • 9yo: 2
  • 6yo: 1
  • 10yo: 1

Weight and Official Rating

  • Six winner had weight of between 10st and 11st3b
  • Six winners had a rating of between 142 and 148


  • Only one favourite (5/1) has won in the past 10 years
  • Six winners returned a double-digit SP, ranging from 10/1 to 33/1

Form Summaries

  • All winners had previously run at Cheltenham, five had won
  • Nine winners had previously won at least one chase
  • Seven winners had won over the distance
  • Seven winners had won in the same season
  • Five winners were having their fifth race of the season
  • Four of the last five winners ran their preceding race at Cheltenham

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