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Cheltenham 14:30 Result

Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • 5yo+, 16 Runners
  • jumps, Turf
  • Winner £46,423, 2nd £17,490, 3rd £8,753, 4th £4,373, 5th £2,195, 6th £1,097, 7th £545, 8th £281
  • Distance 3m 1f 0y
  • Going SOFT (Good to soft in places) changing to GOOD TO SOFT (Soft in places) after Race 5 (3.40)
  • Off Time 14:30
  • Winning Time 06:31
  • Race Status: WeighedIn
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  • Vintage Clouds silk
    Vintage Clouds
    • Ryan Mania
    • Sue Smith
    • 11 years, 10-11
    1 Tip
    1 Nap

    jumped right on occasions, pressed leader, led 10th, headed 13th, led again 14th, briefly headed 4 out, pushed along 3 out, 1 length ahead last, ridden clear final 110yds, readily


    • Racing Post

    Tipped by:

    • Colin Russell - THE NORTH
  • Happygolucky silk
    5 ½
    • David Bass
    • Kim Bailey
    • 7 years, 11-1
    5 Tips
    1 Nap
    100/30 F

    travelled strongly, prominent, not fluent 13th, going easily on outer from 3 out, went second 2 out, ridden and 1 length down when not fluent last, edged left and no extra final 110yds


    • Matt Polley - Ipswich Star

    Tipped by:

    • Robin Goodfellow - Daily Mail
    • Emily Weber - SPOTLIGHT
    • Jason Heavey - The Star
    • Rob Wright - The Times
    • James Stevens - WEST COUNTRY
  • Aye Right silk
    2 ¼
    Aye Right
    • Richard Johnson
    • Harriet Graham
    • 8 years, 11-8
    4 Tips
    3 Naps

    didn't jump with fluency, midfield on inner, steady headway and prominent halfway, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and went third last, kept on final 110yds, no match for first two


    • Karl Hedley - Irish Post
    • Rockavon - Sunday Mail
    • Jon Freeman - The i

    Tipped by:

    • Newsboy - Daily Mirror
    • Garry Owen - Daily Record
    • The Guardian
    • Templegate - The Sun
  • Cepage silk
    2 ½
    • Charlie Deutsch
    • Venetia Williams
    • 9 years, 11-12
    1 Tip

    raced wide, prominent, pushed along after 4 out, outpaced and lost ground 3 out, soon ridden and struggling, rallied after 2 out, went fourth inside final 110yds, ran on, not pace to challenge

    Tipped by:

  • One For The Team silk
    One For The Team
    • Tom Scudamore
    • Nick Williams
    • 7 years, 10-8
    1 Nap

    prominent, not fluent 14th, hit 15th, soon lost position and pushed along, no impression when not fluent 3 out, ridden and rallied 2 out, kept on final 110yds, not pace to challenge


    • The Sun On Sunday
  • Discordantly silk
    • Robbie Power
    • Mrs John Harrington
    • 7 years, 10-10
    1 Tip
    1 Nap

    midfield, steady headway and prominent 4 out, ridden and outpaced 3 out, rallied before 2 out, kept on from last, held final 110yds


    • Weekender

    Tipped by:

    • Steve Mason - RP Ratings
  • Alnadam silk
    • Harry Skelton
    • Dan Skelton
    • 8 years, 10-13
    1 Tip
    4 Naps

    close up, led when mistake 4 out, soon headed but every chance, ridden and lost second 2 out, weakened final 110yds (vet said gelding had lost its right-fore shoe)


    • Postdata - Racing Post
    • Alex Hammond - Sky Sports Racing
    • - Sunday Express
    • Andrew Bladen - Wolverhampton Express & Star

    Tipped by:

  • Nietzsche silk
    4 ½
    • Jonathan Burke
    • Brian Ellison
    • 8 years, 10-2
    Tip button hidden

    took keen hold, towards rear, steady headway into midfield 6th, hit 12th, soon niggled along briefly, steady headway and going okay again before 3 out, pushed along after 3 out, no impression from 2 out

  • Milan Native silk
    2 ½
    Milan Native
    • Jack Kennedy
    • Mrs Denise Foster
    • 8 years, 11-3
    1 Nap

    didn't jump with fluency, in rear, steady headway into midfield 12th, outpaced 14th, pushed along and struggling 4 out, no impression from 3 out (vet said gelding had lost its left-fore shoe)


    • Racing Post
  • The Wolf silk
    The Wolf
    • A P Heskin
    • Olly Murphy
    • 7 years, 10-5
    Tip button hidden

    raced wide, held up in rear, mistake 1st, pushed along and outpaced 14th, struggling from 4 out, never on terms

  • Pym silk
    3 ¼
    • Nico de Boinville
    • Nicky Henderson
    • 8 years, 11-7
    3 Tips
    1 Nap

    raced wide early, led, headed 10th, led again 13th, headed but close up 14th, not fluent 4 out, soon pushed along and lost position, ridden and weakened before 3 out


    • Racing Post

    Tipped by:

    • The Scout - Daily Express
    • James Burn - LAMBOURN
    • Marlborough - Telegraph
  • Admiral's Secret silk
    3 ¼
    Admiral's Secret
    • Alan Johns
    • Victor Dartnall
    • 10 years, 10-10
    Tip button hidden

    mounted in chute, ponied to start, towards rear, steady headway into midfield halfway, ridden and outpaced 3 out, weakened before 2 out (vet said gelding had lost its right-fore shoe)

  • Fingerontheswitch silk
    • Millie Wonnacott
    • Neil Mulholland
    • 11 years, 10-0
    Tip button hidden

    towards rear, shaken up before 4 out, ridden and struggling before 3 out, soon beaten, lost touch before 2 out, tailed off

  • Delire D'estruval silk
    Delire D'estruval
    • Daryl Jacob
    • Ben Pauling
    • 8 years, 10-11
    Tip button hidden

    raced wide, midfield, not fluent 4th, lost ground halfway, pushed along and struggling from 14th, lost touch and pulled up after 15th

  • Ok Corral silk
    Ok Corral
    • Mark Walsh
    • Nicky Henderson
    • 11 years, 11-5
    Tip button hidden

    didn't jump with fluency, in rear, pushed along and outpaced 14th, weakened and pulled up 4 out, finished lame

  • Soupy Soups silk
    Soupy Soups
    • Robert Dunne
    • Neil Mulholland
    • 10 years, 10-2
    Tip button hidden

    towards rear, not fluent 9th, pushed along and outpaced before 4 out, struggling from 4 out, no chance when bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 2 out, soon pulled up


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Festival Handicap Chase Tips

Alex Stearn thinks the Skelton team can grab the Ultima prize.

14:30 Tue - Ultima Handicap Chase
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Cheltenham Tips

What is the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase?

The Ultima Handicap Chase (known traditionally as the Festival Trophy) is a handicap chase held on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, Champion Day, which takes place on a Tuesday in March. Run over a distance of three miles and one furlong, the race has been backed by its current sponsors, Ultima Business Solutions, since 2015.

What happened in the 2021 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase?

Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds was a fine winner of the 2021 renewal, as the galloping grey impressively beat Happygolucky by over five lengths, with Aye Right grabbing third and Cepage claiming fourth spot.

The history of the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase

The Ultima Handicap Chase began life as the National Hunt Handicap Chase, and was first run in 1946, when won by the Charles Rogers-trained Dunnshaughlin. The race, which has had several sponsors over the years, often serves as a warm up for the following month’s Grand National at Aintree, and a host of horses have appeared in both over the years, including in 2019 - when the second and third from the Ultima, Vintage Clouds and Lake View Lad, ran at Aintree the following month for their owner Trevor Hemmings. Three horses have won this race twice, with the most recent to do so being the David Pipe-trained Un Temps Pour Tout, who won the Ultima in 2016 and 2017.   

Who is the most iconic winner of the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase?

The most memorable winner of the Ultima Handicap Chase is undoubtedly the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Wichita Lineman, though he is mainly remembered for his jockey more than anything else, receiving one of the great Cheltenham Festival rides from the legendary Tony McCoy when coming home in front in 2009 (when the race was known as the William Hill Trophy). Despite looking beaten with a circuit to go, McCoy wouldn’t give up the ghost on Wichita Lineman, who began to respond to his rider’s unrelenting urgings when still closer to last than first two fences out, before staying on with a remarkable burst to pick things up in the dying strides and bring the house down.  

Are there any trials for the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase?

There are no specific trials as such for the Festival Trophy, though winners regularly make their mark in valuable staying chases throughout the season, such as the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby and the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase?

The joint-most successful jockeys in the history of the Ultima Handicap Chase are Robert Thornton and Tom Scudamore, with three wins each. Robert Thornton’s Ultima wins came courtesy of Fort Lightning (2004), Kelami (2005) and Bensalem (2011), while Tom Scudamore was successful on An Accordion (2008) and Un Temps Pour Tout (2016 & 2017).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase?

The joint-most successful trainers in the history of the Ultima Handicap Chase are Fred Rimell and Fulke Walwyn, who have both won the race four times. Fred Rimell was successful with Cavaliero (1948), Frere Jacques II (1949), Land Fort (1951) and Holly Bank (1954), while Fulke Walwyn was successful with Ravencroft (1961), Team Spirit (1963), Lord Jim (1971) and Gay Vulgan (1977).  

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