14:50 Cheltenham

Tuesday 12 March 2024

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Ultima Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   3m 1f  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   21 Runners  |   Turf  |   Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:50  |   Winning time: 6m 55.79s
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Eldorado Allenp,t65
Age: 10|  Weight: 12-0| J: Freddie Gingell(5)| T: J Tizzard| OR:  153| CWS
25/1
Very smart chaser who ran a cracker when fourth in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury, staying on gradually from 4 out. Disappointed back over hurdles next time but remains of interest back in this sphere with yard going well. Headgear refitted.
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Run Wild Fredb34
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-10| J: D J Gilligan(3)| T: G Elliott| OR:  149
50/1
Patchy form since runner-up in the National Hunt Challenge Cup here 2 years ago, though more positive signs until brought down at Fairyhouse last month. Not impossible.
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Highland Hunterp,t10(ex 5)
Age: 11|  Weight: 11-10| J: P J Brennan| T: F O'Brien| OR:  144
50/1
Thorough stayer who made encouraging return from 21 months off when second on yard debut at Kelso in October. Easy to forgive next 2 starts and he looked better than ever when resuming winning ways in veterans event at Newbury 10 days ago. Penalised for that and this much harder.
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Stumptownb71
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-9| J: K M Donoghue| T: G P Cromwell| OR:  148| CD
15/2
Successful in handicaps at Thurles/Sandown prior to a fine second in the Kim Muir 12 months ago. Resumed progress in first-time blinkers when scoring over this trip on the New Course here on New Year's Day so must be respected.
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5
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Monbeg Geniusp1,t10
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-8| J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.| T: Jonjo & A O'Neill| OR:  147
16/1
Highly progressive over fences last season, winning 3 handicaps before ending campaign with an excellent third in this off 7 lb lower. Undone by a bad mistake at Ascot on return before good third in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury. Disappointed at Kelso 10 days ago, however, and headgear now applied.
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The Goffert23
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8| J: J W Kennedy| T: G Elliott| OR:  147| BF
9/2
Took well to fences last season, winning twice before a career-best fourth (beaten over 10 lengths) of 23 in very strong renewal of this race off 2 lb higher. Just respectable efforts at best this term but this has likely been the target, so big run expected. Won charity race at Punchestown 18 Feb.
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Meetingofthewatersh37
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8| J: M P Walsh| T: W P Mullins| OR:  147
6/1
Relished the increased emphasis on stamina when winning 27-runner listed handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.4f, heavy, 6/1) just after Christmas, forging clear. Hampered when unseated rider at the first there since and well worth another chance.
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Chambard24
Age: 12|  Weight: 11-7| J: Miss Lucy Turner(5)| T: Miss V Williams| OR:  146| C
40/1
Ended 2021/22 campaign with success in the Kim Muir here off 12 lb lower. Hard to predict since but back on song with win in Becher at Aintree in December. No show next 2 starts, however, and others look better treated.
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9
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Minella Croonerp17
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: J C Gainford| T: G Elliott| OR:  146
33/1
Useful chaser who made a winning return in 4-runner listed chase at Wexford. However, has failed to kick on since and his rather ponderous jumping is another negative.
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10
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Kitty's Lightt77
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Jack Tudor| T: Christian Williams| OR:  146
40/1
Most likeable staying chaser who signed off last season by landing an exceptional hat-trick, winning the Eider Chase, Scottish National and bet365 Gold Cup. Low-key efforts in 4 outings this term (3 hurdle, 1 chase) but no surprise to see him bounce back after a break. Tongue strap back on.
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11
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Gevreyp47
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Sam Ewing| T: G Elliott| OR:  146
40/1
Better than ever when winning Munster National at Limerick in October. However, found his run of good form coming to an abrupt halt at Navan next time and ran just as bad at Gowran since, so has a bit to prove all of a sudden.
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Eklat De Rire34
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-7| J: Rachael Blackmore| T: H De Bromhead| OR:  146| D
22/1
Lightly raced since unseating in Brown Advisory here 3 years ago. However, left belated return well behind when second of 4 at Fairyhouse last month and potentially on a good mark if building on that (Grade 3 winner as a novice).
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Victtorino24
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-6| J: Charlie Deutsch| T: Miss V Williams| OR:  145| BF
16/1
Ex-French chaser who has upped his game significantly since joining Venetia Williams, landing back-to-back Ascot handicaps in November/December. Better than he showed here next time before decent fourth at Ascot, though mid-race mistakes hindered his chance.
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14
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Busseltonb37
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-6| J: J J Slevin| T: J P O'Brien| OR:  145
40/1
Kerry National winner last season and best effort since when 12½ lengths sixth of 27 to Meetingofthewaters in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.4f, heavy) over Christmas. Had little go right there since and not without hope.
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15
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Trelawnep30
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-5| J: H Cobden| T: K C Bailey| OR:  144
5/1
Winner of 3 of his 4 starts over hurdles and immediately improved on that form as he made a successful debut over fences after 8 months off at Carlisle (2½m, soft) in November. Good efforts in defeat since and step up in trip should suit, though all 4 of his chase starts have come in small fields.
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16
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Twig101
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-4| J: Beau Morgan(5)| T: B Pauling| OR:  143
28/1
Enhanced his good strike in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (26f) in July. Excellent second of 13 over C&D in October but seemingly found out in better company at Newbury since.
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Chianti Classicot59
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-4| J: David Bass| T: K C Bailey| OR:  143| BF
6/1
Won first 3 starts over hurdles last season before outclassed in Albert Bartlett at this meeting. Resumed winning ways/progress on chase bow at Chepstow on return before following up in 3-runner event at Ascot. Beaten only by a course specialist at Kempton since and remains of interest.
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Lord Du Mesnilp,t30
Age: 11|  Weight: 11-1| J: G Sheehan| T: R Hobson| OR:  140
25/1
Over 3 years since he was last successful but he's been generally consistent, shaping as if still in form when fourth in veterans event at Exeter last time. Likely to find this too competitive, however.
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Excello45
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-1| J: N de Boinville| T: N J Henderson| OR:  144
33/1
Useful form over hurdles and fences at up to 2¾m in France. Only third in novice hurdle for new yard in November but different proposition back chasing when winning a graduation event in decisive fashion at Ascot (21f, good). However, struggled in a Premier Handicap here next time. Up in trip.
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Famous Bridge24
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-0| J: Sean Quinlan| T: N G Richards| OR:  139| BF
25/1
Winner of 2 handicap chases over 25.5f at Haydock this winter, latterly the Tommy Whittle on heavy ground. However, let down by jumping both starts since, which isn't an ideal prep for this.
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Weveallbeencaughtt187
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-9| J: Sam Twiston-Davies| T: N A Twiston-Davies| OR:  134| BF| C
11/1
Useful winning hurdler who shaped with promise on his chase debut here on return but hasn't kicked on, proving a big disappointment on handicap bow here in December. Tongue strap on 1st time.
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Non-Runners

18
Horse silk
Found On117
Weight: 11-1|  Age: 9
T: M Keighley  J: S Bowen
NR
23
Horse silk
Risk And Roll47
Weight: 10-2|  Age: 10
T: H J Evans  J: Tabitha Worsley
NR

Forecasts

The Goffer (9/2), Trelawne (5/1), Chianti Classico (6/1), Meetingofthewaters (6/1), Stumptown (15/2), Weveallbeencaught (11/1), Monbeg Genius (16/1), Victtorino (16/1), Eklat De Rire (22/1), Famous Bridge (25/1), Eldorado Allen (25/1), Lord Du Mesnil (25/1), Twig (28/1), Minella Crooner (33/1), Excello (33/1), Kitty's Light (40/1), Chambard (40/1), Busselton (40/1), Gevrey (40/1), Found On (50/1), Highland Hunter (50/1), Run Wild Fred (50/1), Risk And Roll (66/1)

Verdict

One of the few races Britain has dominated but the Irish look to hold the upper hand this time, their challenge headed by THE GOFFER, who was an excellent fourth in this last year when only a 6-y-o and looks to have been campaigned with this race in mind. Progressive pair Meetingofthewaters and Stumptown make the shortlist, while Chianti Classico makes the most appeal from the home team.

Previous Winners

2022
10/1
2021
Weight: 10-11  |Age: 11
28/1
2020
15/2
2019
Weight: 11-8  |Age: 9
10/1
2018
Weight: 10-13  |Age: 6
5/1
2017
Weight: 11-12  |Age: 8
9/1

Prize Money

1st: £70,338.002nd: £26,500.003rd: £13,262.004th: £6,625.005th: £3,325.006th: £1,662.007th: £825.008th: £425.00

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