Ultima Handicap Chase Odds 2023

Vintage Clouds ridden by Ryan Mania jumps the last to beat Happygolucky ridden by David Bass in the Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) during day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

Vintage Clouds ridden by Ryan Mania jumps the last to beat Happygolucky ridden by David Bass in the Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) during day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Ultima Handicap Chase is the first big handicap of Cheltenham Festival week and is the third race on the opening day. The three miles and one furlong event was formerly known as the Festival Trophy and always attracts a large field. There has only been one successful favourite in the past twelve seasons and the race has also produced two 28-1 winners and a 33-1 winner in the same period.

Ultima Handicap Chase odds 2023 has the improving novice Does He Know at the head of the market. He is trained by Kim Bailey who won the race in 1999 with Betty’s Boy. David Pipe saddled Un Temps Pour Tout (2016 and 2017) to become the third horse to win the race twice. He could be represented by the consistent Gericault Roque. Possible Irish trained runners include The Shunter and School Boy Hours, although the Irish have only won this race twice in the past 52 seasons.

Ultima Handicap Chase Odds and Entries 2023

Does He Know is a best-priced 8-1 favourite in the early Ultima Handicap Chase odds following his 14 lengths victory in the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot. That race is normally a trial for the three-mile novice chase at Cheltenham but Does He Know is not entered, although he is in the three and three-quarter mile National Hunt Chase. Kim Bailey’s gelding is a course winner and was also runner-up here in November behind Threeunderthrufive, a possible runner for the Paul Nicholls stable.

It is not unusual for horses to win here on the second or third attempt and Aye Right comes into that category for Harriet Graham. He finished third last year behind Vintage Clouds, although he will be racing off a higher handicap mark after a good run in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase in January. Scotland is likely to be represented by Corach Rambler, still moving well enough when unseating his rider in the Reynoldstown. 

Ireland may have a modest record in this race but it would be foolish to discard them on that score. The race is certainly on the radar for Gordon Elliott who has eight entries. The shortest of them in the Ultima Handicap Chase betting odds is Floueur, third behind stable companion Death Duty at Punchestown.

The winner defied his eleven years to win that day and Floueur cannot afford to make such errors at Cheltenham. Noel Meade’s School Boy Hours and Andrew Lynch’s Ben Dundee are other eye-catching entries from the Emerald Isle, first and second in the £100,000 Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown.

Latest Ultima Handicap Chase odds *

*Best prices correct at time of writing

Does He Know 8-1

Aye Right 12-1

Corach Rambler 12-1

Floueur 12-1

Frontal Assault 12-1

Imperial Alcazar 12-1

Fury Road 14-1

Grand Paradis 14-1

School Boy Hours 14-1

The Shunter 14-1

Death Duty 16-1

Diol Ker 16-1

Fortescue 16-1

Frodon 16-1

Full Back 16-1

Noble Yeats 16-1

Fantastikas 18-1

Aint That A Shame 20-1

Ben Dundee 20-1

Gericault Roque 20-1

Threeunderthrufive 20-1

Ultima Handicap Chase News

Corach Rambler has been declared an intended runner by the Lucinda Russell stable despite his recent mishap at Ascot. The gelding won at Cheltenham in December and then finished a creditable fourth under a big weight in the Warwick Classic Chase. He may not have caught Does He Know at Ascot but he certainly would have given him a race.

School Boy Hours, currently only 14-1 in the Ultima Handicap Chase odds, is thought more likely to be saved for either the English or Irish Grand National. There are no such distractions for Paddy Power Chase runner-up Ben Dundee who has run at three previous Cheltenham festivals, his best effort coming when third in the two and a half mile novices chase in 2019. Trainer Noel Meade also has Diol Ker entered, fourth to Longhouse Poet in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park.

Former King George and Ryanair Chase winner Frodon will top the weights here by some margin if allowed to take his chance. His surprise entry by Paul Nicholls could leave plenty of these out of the handicap proper. Henry Daly’s Fortescue will get a decent racing weight after being raised 4lbs for his battling victory over Fiddlerontheroof in Ascot’s Swinley Chase.

Fantastikas scraped home by a short-head in bottomless ground at Lingfield in January for Nigel Twiston-Davies. The seven-year-old races in the colours of Imperial Racing who also have Imperial Alcazar prominent in the Ultimate Handicap Chase betting odds. He was a very easy winner at Cheltenham over an extended two and a half miles in January and could stay at that trip for the Paddy Power Plate instead.