Cheltenham Day 1 Tips: Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • 28/12/2019
  • 16:50

2020 Nothern Trust Handicap Chase Tips

All three of the 0-145 handicaps – the Northern Trust, Kim Muir and Martin Pipe – have been dominated by horses at the top end of the weights. You can see more key trends in my stand-alone Northern Trust preview. The entire field in this novices’ chase will likely be separated by five or six pounds, at most, making it more like a Grade Three than a high-profile handicap.

As such, I’ll be looking for Graded horses who’ve snuck into this handicap at the top of the weights for both of my selections. The first of those, and most overlooked of the two, will be DEYRANN DE CARJAC. Alan King’s chaser finished just two lengths behind Midnight Shadow in the Dipper, despite an error-strewn jumping display. If he can jump and travel like he did when beating Pym at Huntingdon, and behind Champ at Newbury, then Deyrann De Carjac should have a big say in the matter.

The second of my Cheltenham Festival tips will be HOLD THE NOTE. It’s easy to see why Mick Channon’s novice sits so prominently in the betting. Hold The Note may not have won over fences yet, but he was travelling well at Kempton before being terribly hampered, and only went down by a neck to a strong stayer in Two For Gold over three-miles at Warwick. Channon and owner, Tim Radford won this handicap with Mister Whitaker two years ago, and they have a very good chance of celebrating another winner in 2020.

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Cheltenham tips for Tuesday

TIME RACE
1:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
2:10 Arkle Chase Tips
2:50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips
3:30 Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Tips
4:10 Mares’ Hurdle Tips
4:50 Novices’ Handicap Chase Tips
5:30 National Hunt Chase Tips

The opening day of the Festival features a full seven races. Find all of our Cheltenham day 1 tips here to get full coverage of Champion Day.

Northern Trust Novices’ Handicap Chase

Our Cheltenham Day 1 tips should have found a few winners by this stage. The final race on Champions Day is the Close Brothers’ Handicap, a two-and-half-mile chase which always attracts a stellar field of novices. Top trainers like Philip Hobbs, Nicky Henderson and Ferdy Murphy have celebrated in the Close Brothers’ winners’ enclosure and, as the sun begins to set behind the Prestbury Park stands, fans will look on as one novice outstays his rivals and brings the curtain down on the first day of action at the Cheltenham Festival.

Discover the best bets for all four days in our Cheltenham Festival tips section.