Ultima Handicap Chase 2021 Trends

As with the majority of Cheltenham Festival races, there are certain trends that can help punters to find the winner. Our horse racing experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have taken a look at the most important pointers from the last 10 years which will help you find the best horse to follow in the 2021 renewal of the Ultima Handicap Chase.

Ultima Handicap Chase 2021 Trends
Ultima Handicap Chase 2021 Trends

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2021 Ultima Handicap Chase Trends

Need some help finding the winner of the 2021 edition of the Ultima Handicap Chase? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last ten renewals in order to help you find the winner of this Grade 3 steeplechase.

The last 10 winners:

  • Had finished in the first 6 on their last start, with four winning their previous start.
  • Had tasted victory over at least 3 miles over hurdles or fences
  • Had scored on a galloping track
  • Had at least four starts in the previous 12 months
  • Had run at Cheltenham before (7 of these winners had run over fences at Prestbury Park).

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Had won no more than 4 times previously over fences
  • Had at least five starts over fences
  • Had taken part in at least one handicap chase; only Beware The Bear had won more than one
  • Finished in the first three in one of their last three starts
  • Last ran between 18 & 45 days ago

Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas has thrown up 1 winner (Alfie Sherrin) and 2 places in the last 10 years. Roaring Bull famously won this trial in 2019.
  • Beware the Bear used the Ladbrokes Trophy as his trial in 2019.
  • Oddly the Cleeve Hurdle has been seen to good effect as a trial for this race. The Cleeve Hurdle has produced a winner and 2 places in the last 10 years.


Trainer Trends

  • With 3 winners and 6 places each overall, David Pipe and Jonjo O'Neill have the best record in the race.
  • Nicky Henderson has a rather unlucky record with 2 winners and 9 places over the last 20 years.
  • Venetia Williams (1 place from 22 starts), Paul Nicholls (4 places from 22 starts) & Nigel Twiston-Davies (2 places from 26 starts) are all trainers who have bad records in the race over the past 20 years.
  • Nick Williams (1 winners & 3 places from 4 starts), Kim Bailey (1 winners and 2 place from 3 starts) & Tony Martin (1 winner and 2 places from 5 starts) are all trainers to note when targeting one at this race.

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Jockey Trends

  • Tom Scudamore is more successful than any other jockey in the race in recent times, with three winners since 2008 (all for trainer David Pipe) and four places overall.
  • Richie McLernon rides the race very well, with two winners (both for Jonjo O’Neill) and three places from seven rides.

How did the trends do last year?

Having already proved himself in staying handicap chases at Prestbury Park, The Conditional very much fit the bill from a trends perspective. He was the right age, had run the requisite number of times and in the right sort of races, and was well fancied on the day.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2021?

This is usually a wide-open affair and ante-post lists indicate that is likely to again be the case in March 2021.

Dickie Diver currently heads the market but he doesn’t have enough chasing experience to be a trends play in this year’s race.

Venetia Williams doesn’t have a great record in the race but her Royale Pagaille looks a progressive handicap chaser who could easily have a say, but a better option might be One For The Team who has some very strong novice form in the book this season (far from disgraced in a Grade 1 contest on Boxing Day) and he represents a stable that won this race in 2018. The downside to his chance is that he is still to win over fences and he has never raced at Cheltenham.

Last year’s winner, The Conditional, might just be handicapped out of things off a 10lb higher mark this time around.


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2020 Ultima Handicap Chase Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stThe Conditional 15/2David BridgewaterBrendan Powell
2ndKildisart 10/1Ben Pauling Daryl Jacob
3rdDiscorama11/2Paul NolanB J Cooper

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