Cheltenham: Ultima Handicap Chase betting preview


RACING anorak Graeme Johnston (@GraemeJ_83) analyses the field for the Ultima Handicap Chase, the third race of Day 1's action.

Ultima Handicap Chase | Tuesday 12th March 2019, 14:50 | ITV1

The Ultima Handicap Chase is a very competitive looking big field handicap but there is one in here that I like the look of, and if he does win it will be a star-studded Winners Enclosure after the race.

Mister Whitaker (9/1 Ladbrokes) is a previous Festival winner and remains open to improvement still, to me. He's not had a great season so far but he has been aimed at this meeting all year; he steps up in distance, which shouldn't be too much of an issue, however he isn't my bet here.

Give Me A Copper (7/1 Paddy Power) is a really lightly raced sort but he is a horse with a lot of talent. He returned from a break of over a year to finish fourth at Kempton and with that likely to bring him on, and his stable in red hot form, he is my selection.

He is owned by a group including Sir Alex Ferguson and Jeremy Kyle so there will be autograph hunters galore in the Winners Enclosure if he does triumph with Paddy Power paying six places in this renewal.

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Ultima Handicap Chase – Give Me A Copper each-way (7/1 Paddy Power)

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I grew up watching Hearts games with my dad and playing football at every opportunity so betting on it was the logical next step! Football coupons became a Saturday ritual and it introduced me into the world of horse racing. I started watching it on a regular basis, and after Galileo's Derby win in 2001 I was hooked. I follow both flat and national hunt racing attending the northern meetings when possible.

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