Ultima Handicap Chase Tips

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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 Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2021 ResultWatch Replay
13:20Supreme Novices' HurdleResult: Appreciate It 8/11F
13:55Arkle Challenge TrophyWON: Shishkin to win 4/9
14:30Ultima Handicap ChaseResult: Vintage Clouds 28/1
15:05Champion HurdleWON: Honeysuckle to win 11/10
WON: Sharjah (EW) 11/1
15:40Mares' HurdleResult: Black Tears 11/1
16:15Boodles Handicap HurdleResult: Jeff Kidder 80/1
16:50National Hunt ChaseWON: Galvin to win

2021 Ultima Handicap Chase Bookmakers & Free Bets

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Ultima Handicap 2021 Betting Tips


Our verdict on the Ultima Handicap chase is available and you can find out winning selection for the Festival Handicap Chase here.

Ultima Handicap Chase 2021 Runners & Best Odds

Runners / Results 2021Best OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Vintage Clouds28/1
2nd Place: Happy Go Lucky10/3
3rd Place: Aye Right11/2
4th Place: Cepage14/1
5th Place: One For The Team6/1
Milan Native9/1
Alnadam14/1
Pym18/1
Discordantly18/1
Paddy Power paying1/5 Odds - 5 Places


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Ultima Handicap Chase Specials

Check out all Cheltenham promotions and Festival Handicap Chase Bookie Specials here.

Ultima Handicap Chase Key Facts


DateTuesday March 16th, 2021
Time2:30pm
TrackCheltenham
Distance3m 1f
StatusGrade 3 Handicap
Prize Money£110,000
Age5YO+

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 14:30 GMT on Tuesday March 16th 2021. It is the third race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.