Ultima Handicap Chase Tips

The first handicap on day one of the Cheltenham Festival is the Festival Handicap Chase.

More commonly known as the Ultima, this three-mile handicap has been won by some really classy horses down the years, with many of it's runners going on to take part in the Aintree Grand National the following month.

Cheltenham Festival Day One Card

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2020 ResultPlace Bet / Watch Replay
13:30Supreme Novices' HurdleWinner: Shiskin 6/1
14:10Arkle Challenge TrophyWinner: Put The Kettle On 16/1
14:50Ultima Handicap ChaseWinner: The Conditional 15/2
15:30Champion HurdleWinner: Epatante 2/1 Fav
16:10Mares' HurdleWinner: Honeysuckle 9/4
16:50Novices' Handicap ChaseWinner: Imperial Aura 4/1
17:30National Hunt ChaseWinner: Ravenhill 12/1

2021 Ultima Handicap Chase Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 renewal of the Ultima. Once the season starts to shift into top gear and key trials like the Ladbrokes Trophy have been run, a betting market will be opened.

2020 Ultima Handicap Chase Result

Ultima Handicap Chase 2020 Runners & Best Odds

RunnerBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: The Conditional15/2
2nd Place: Kildisart12/1
3rd Place: Discorama8/1
4th Place: Vinndication6/1
5th Place: Big River20/1
No Comment12/1
Who Dares Wins12/1
Mister Malarky12/1
Cepage16/1
Cobra De Mai20/1
Paddy Power paying1/5 Odds - 6 Places


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Ultima Handicap Chase Key Facts


DateTuesday March 16th, 2021
Time2:50pm
TrackCheltenham
Distance3m 1f
StatusGrade 3 Handicap
Prize Money£110,000
Age5YO+

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Ultima Handicap Chase History

The Ultima Handicap Chase was first added to the Cheltenham Festival schedule in 1946. Run over three miles and one furlong, this handicap is a stern test of stamina and class and has seen some top-quality winners down the years.

Verly Bewicke's Kerstin won the Festival Handicap Chase in 1956, before going on to beat the boys in the Cheltenham Gold Cup two years later.

Sentina was the first back-to-back winner when she claimed victories in 1957 and '58. That achieve was matched by Scot Lane in the early 1980s and Un Temps Pour Tout, who successfully defended his title under top-weight at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

Many horses often go from the Festival Handicap Chase to the Grand National at Aintree. Five horses have completed the Festival Handicap, Grand National double. The most recent being Rough Quest, who completed that grueling double under Mick Fitzgerald in 1996.

Viewers were treated to a thrilling renewal of the Festival Handicap Chase in 2019, with David Bridgewater's The Conditional narrowly holding off Kildisart to claim his first Cheltenham Festival victory.

Ultima Handicap Chase FAQs

Who won the Ultima Handicap Chase 2020?

The Conditional stuck his neck out in a thrilling finish to the 2020 Ultima Handicap Chase. Kildisart challenged late up the hill but could not get past the winner.

When is the Ultima Handicap Chase 2021?

The 2021 Ultima Handicap Chase takes place on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival, on Tuesday March 16th 2021.

What time is the 2021 Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham?

The Ultima Handicap is due off at 14:50 GMT on Tuesday March 16th 2021. It is the third race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.

Who won the Ultima Handicap Chase 2019?

Beware The Bear won the Ultima Handicap at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival after going off at 10/1.

What are the latest 2021 Ultima Handicap Chase odds?

No odds are currently available for the 2021 Ultima.