Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase

Tue 10th March 202016:50Grade 22m 4f 110y

Novices’ Handicap Chase Results

1stImperial AuraDavid BassK C Bailey
2nd3.25GalvinD N RussellG Elliott
3rd9Hold The NoteJ J BurkeM R Channon
4th0.5WhatmoreT J O’BrienH D Daly
5th0.5BeakstownHarry SkeltonD Skelton
6th4.75MitchoukaD J McInerneyGearoid O’loughlin
7th3Highest SunR M PowerC L Tizzard
8thshdChampagne CourtNick ScholfieldJ Scott
9th1.5Daly TigerS W FlanaganN Meade
10th2.75TorpilloD A JacobN A Twiston-Davies
11th11EarlofthecotswoldsSam Twiston-DaviesN A Twiston-Davies
12th3.5Paint The DreamJack TudorF O’Brien
13th29TrainwreckRachael BlackmoreH de Bromhead
Precious CargoN de BoinvilleN J Henderson  
Jarveys PlateP J BrennanF O’Brien  
Mellow BenUnknownUnknown  
Knight In DubaiConor ShoemarkD Skelton  
Lord SchnitzelB J CooperMatthew J Smith  
Espoir De GuyeCharlie DeutschMiss V Williams  
Champagne MysteryJ McGrathN J Henderson  
De Plotting ShedT ScudamoreSuzi Best  

Novices’ Handicap Chase Offers

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About the Novices’ Handicap Chase

The Novices’ Handicap Chase is a Listed handicap steeplechase run on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. Covering a distance of 2 miles 4½ furlongs, the race features 16 fences. Entry is restricted to 5-year-old racehorses with a handicap below 140.

Given the restrictions on racehorse quality and the handicap, the Novices’ Handicap Chase doesn’t match the prestige of the other races on Cheltenham’s Day One card. Nevertheless, a win in the race will typically be the crowning achievement of the winner’s career.

Betting on the Novices’ Handicap Chase

The Novices Handicap Chase is easily the most open race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. The prices for the field are speculative at best, and picking a winner will require a thorough assessment of each horse in the race, looking for matches to race distance under similar handicaps, as well as how recent form will have impacted the handicaps.

Keep in mind that some trainers will have run their horses to perform poorly in races in the lead-up to the Novices’ Handicap Chase in order to push down the handicap for their Cheltenham run. So look out for horses recently run outside their favoured race distance, who have previously performed well over 20 furlongs under similar weights to what they’ll carry at Cheltenham.

Novices’ Handicap Chase Past Winners

2019A Plus Tard511-07Rachael BlackmoreHenry de Bromhead
2018Mister Whitaker611-02Brian HughesMick Channon
2017Tully East711-08Denis O’ReganAlan Fleming
2016Ballyalton911-10Brian HughesIan Williams
2015Irish Cavalier611-07Paul TownendRebecca Curtis