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The ULTIMA Handicap Chase

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  • The ULTIMA Handicap Chase

    TO CLOSE BY NOON ON FEBRUARY 24th

    CHELTENHAM
    Tuesday, March 16th

    THE ULTIMA HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1)
    (Grade 3)

    TOTAL RACE VALUE £110,000

    Distributed in accordance with Stakes and Prize Money Code
    £61,897 to the winning horse The second to receive £23,320, the third £11,671, the fourth £5,830, the fifth £2,926, the sixth £1,463, the seventh £726 and the eighth £374

    for five yrs old and upwards

    THREE MILES ABOUT ONE FURLONG (3m 1f)

    Enter by noon, February 24th and pay £135 stake
    Confirm by noon, March 10th and pay £415
    Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 14th

    Weights publish on March 4th
    Penalties, after March 1st, 2021, a winner of a steeple chase 5lb
    (No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb)



    PLEASE NOTE: A novice horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in Steeple Chases in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with paragraph 15 of the Weights and Handicapping Code




    Last Ten Years Winners

    2020 The Conditional. 8-10-6. 15/2. David Bridgwater - Brendan Powell. RPR 148 (OR 139)
    2019 Beware The Bear. 9-11-8. 10/1. Nicky Henderson - Jeremiah McGrath. RPR 161 (OR 151)
    2018. Coo Star Sivola. 6-10-10. 5/1F. Nick Williams - Lizzie Kelly (3). RPR 151 (OR 142)
    2017. Un Temps Pour Tout 8-11-12. 9/1. David Pipe - Tom Scudamore. RPR 163 (OR 155)
    2016. Un Temps Pour Tout 7-11-7 11/1. David Pipe - Tom Scudamore. RPR 163 (OR 148)
    2015. The Druids Nephew. 8-11-3. 8/1. Neil Mulholland - Barry Geraghty. RPR 158 (OR 146)
    2014. Holywell. 7-11-6. 10/1. Jonjo O'Neill - Richie McLernon. RPR 163 (OR 145)
    2013. Golden Chieftain. 8-10-2. 28/1. Colin Tizzard - Brendan Powell (3). RPR 148 (OR 132)
    2012. Alfie Sherrin. 9-10-0. 14/1. Jonjo O'Neill - Richie McLernon. RPR 140 (OR 129)
    2011. Bensalem. 8-11-2. 5/1. Alan King - Robert Thornton. RPR 156 (OR 143)



    2020 1st OR 139, 2nd OR 150, 3rd OR 148 (Highest OR 159, Lowest OR 133). 23 ran
    2019 1st OR 151, 2nd OR 144, 3rd OR 155 (Highest OR 155, Lowest OR 140). 24 ran
    2018 1st OR 142, 2nd OR 152, 3rd OR 131 (Highest OR 155, Lowest OR 137). 18 ran
    2017 1st OR 155, 2nd OR 142, 3rd OR 154 (Highest OR 155, Lowest OR 134). 23 ran
    2016 1st OR 148, 2nd OR 153, 3rd OR 149 (Highest OR 153, Lowest OR 131). 23 ran
    2015 1st OR 146, 2nd OR 143, 3rd OR 134 (Highest OR 155, Lowest OR 133). 24 ran
    2014 1st OR 145, 2nd OR 143, 3rd OR 131 (Highest OR 151, Lowest OR 129). 23 ran
    2013 1st OR 132, 2nd OR 145, 3rd OR 132 (Highest OR 153, Lowest OR 132). 24 ran
    2012 1st OR 129, 2nd OR 140, 3rd OR 144 (Highest OR 155, Lowest OR 129). 19 ran
    2011 1st OR 143, 2nd OR 146, 3rd OR 140 (Highest OR 153, Lowest OR 127). 19 ran


    All dates for entries etc have been moved forward 6 days to match the race being 6 days later in 2021.

    No Jump Racing Pattern programme has been produced yet, so we dont know these entry dates for sure yet, nor the prize money values (I will update in full when these are known)


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    Betting as of 15-12-20 (Hills)

    20/1

    Phoenix Way

    25/1
    Milan Native
    Protektorat
    The Conditional
    One For The Team
    Discorama

    33/1
    Ofalltheginjoints
    Crossed My Mind
    Give Me A Copper
    Rocky's Treasure
    Demachine

    40/1
    School Boy Hours

    50/1
    Palmers Hill
    "Journeys to Glory, breathing in his head".

  • #2
    Very nice performance from Cloth Cap today off 136. Should get a few pounds moving him to the low 140s. He needs decent ground. Looks progressive.

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    • #3
      Maybe Yorkhill after that performance today

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      • #4
        Originally posted by The King Pimm View Post
        Maybe Yorkhill after that performance today
        For Christ sake delete this before Kev see's it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by doctorwu View Post
          Very nice performance from Cloth Cap today off 136. Should get a few pounds moving him to the low 140s. He needs decent ground. Looks progressive.
          Tehe just a few

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          • #6
            nice run from the conditional on his reappearance. he'd be one for the repeat, especially if shaking off a couple lbs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by doctorwu View Post
              Very nice performance from Cloth Cap today off 136. Should get a few pounds moving him to the low 140s. He needs decent ground. Looks progressive.
              A few..., be 10lbs minimum surely 10L and running left be high 140s at the least imo. Just a question of consistency with the horse as he has potentially had a performance like that in him since his Ayr run thou hasn't always had his ground granted.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Outlaw View Post

                A few..., be 10lbs minimum surely 10L and running left be high 140s at the least imo. Just a question of consistency with the horse as he has potentially had a performance like that in him since his Ayr run thou hasn't always had his ground granted.
                10lbs probably. I was being gentle on him. 146, might be able to lose a couple on the way to the Ultima.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lobos View Post

                  For Christ sake delete this before Kev see's it.
                  You spend the past 4 years following a horse off a cliff and finally he learns to fly again at 66/1!!! I thought he ran a blinder today, I’m not whether his stamina would last 3 miles around Cheltenham but it was nice to see him win again, I do love Yorkhill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Might_Bite View Post
                    nice run from the conditional on his reappearance. he'd be one for the repeat, especially if shaking off a couple lbs.
                    I thought he travelled into the race lovely with 2 fences today but his challenge faded. Hopefully he will come on for the run and be primed to defend his title in March

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by doctorwu View Post
                      Very nice performance from Cloth Cap today off 136. Should get a few pounds moving him to the low 140s. He needs decent ground. Looks progressive.
                      A few?

                      I hope you're right....

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                      • #12
                        doctorwu 11lbs bud, did think 10lbs min based on previous average winners etc
                        should get in the national now(long term plan since AYR) if was good enough apparently.

                        Coupd go the Ultima but he is ground dependent(always a worry for any horse if antepost punting) and could use as a solid prep like plenty of Trevor's do(not that i'm saying they don't try)

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                        • #13
                          The conditional ran a nice race on Saturday - maybe another race to protect that handicap mark and back to the Ultima to retain his crown

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Topofthegame2021 View Post
                            The conditional ran a nice race on Saturday - maybe another race to protect that handicap mark and back to the Ultima to retain his crown
                            Ran a very nice race, however recent seasons have made me cynical and I’m looking more towards good staying novice chasers who might just fall short of RSA class and their trainers look to hide their abilities after Christmas...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Istabraq View Post

                              Ran a very nice race, however recent seasons have made me cynical and I’m looking more towards good staying novice chasers who might just fall short of RSA class and their trainers look to hide their abilities after Christmas...
                              Yeah, I'd be inclined to look this way too, though it means I usually end up with a list of about 15 horses and thats without considering anything outside of novices.

                              I wonder how compact the Ultima, Plate and the likes will end up now the Novice Chase is out the window.

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