Northern Trust Novices Handicap Chase Tips

The second of two handicap races on day one of the Cheltenham Festival is the Novices' Handicap Chase.

Open only to novice chasers, this two-and-half-mile handicap always produces an excellent race, and it's winners often go on to win big races later in their careers.

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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

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Northern Trust Novices Handicap Chase Odds

No odds have been made available for the Novices' Handicap Chase yet. Once the new jumps season gets into full gear, and the major races for novice chases have taken place, betting markets will be opened.

2020 Northern Trust Novices Handicap Chase Result

Northern Trust Novices Handicap Chase 2020 Runners

RunnerBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Imperial Aura4/1 F
2nd Place: Galvin15/2
3rd Place: Hold the Note8/1
Espoir De Guye15/2
Beakstown12/1
Whatmore14/1
Trainwreck14/1
Precious Cargo14/1
Champagne Court18/1
Earlofthecotswolds20/1
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Northern Trust Novices Handicap Chase Key Facts


DateTuesday March 16th, 2021
Time4:50pm
TrackCheltenham
Distance2m 4f
StatusListed Handicap
Prize Money£70,000
Age5YO+

Northern Trust Novices Handicap Chase History

The Novices' Handicap Chase is one of the newest handicap races at the Cheltenham Festival, having first been run in 2005.

The race has a rating cap of 145, and horses who don't make the cut for the Grade One Marsh Novices' Chase often drop down into this handicap.

Ferdy Murphy is the only trainer to have saddled the winner of the Novices' Handicap Chase more than once, having won the race in 2007 and 2011.

King Harald was the first winner of his handicap, scoring under Mattie Batchelor in 2005.

In the last decade, horses towards the top of the weights have dominated, with only one horse carrying less than 11-02 to victory since 2009.

Kim Bailey's Imperial Aura scored an impressive victory in the Novices' Handicap Chase in 2020, beating Galvin and imperial Aura in good fashion.

Novices' Handicap FAQs

Who won the 2020 Novices' Handicap Chase?

IMPERIAL AURA left his rivals trailing as he won the 2020 Novices' Handicap Chase! The well-backed chaser was always in a good position and cruised clear after the final fence.

When is the Cheltenham Novices Handicap Chase 2021?

The 2021 Novices' Handicap, also known as the Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase, will take place on Tuesday March 16th as part of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.

What time is the 2021 Novices Handicap Chase Cheltenham?

The Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase is due off at 16.50pm on Tuesday March 16th. It is the sixth race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.

What is the Cheltenham Novices Handicap Chase?

The 2021 Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase is a handicap chase which is open to novices with a handicap rating between 0-145. The race is a highly competitive handicap and only 7lbs separated the horses at the top and bottom of the weights last year.

Who will win the Novices' Handicap Chase 2021?

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