Horse Racing

Festival Handicap Chase 2022 Betting Odds, Runners Preview


A stronghold for racehorses trained on home soil, previous winners have come in all shapes and sizes (aged 6 to 10 in the past decade). Statistically David Pipe is the most successful trainer having won this contest 3 times in the past 13 years.

Also known as the Festival Trophy Handicap, the Ultima often features past and future Grand National runners.

Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe have both won the race 3 times, whilst Nicky Henderson and Alan King are just behind them on two victories apiece.

Each-way terms will be places 1-2-3-4-5 (and might be 1-2-3-4-5-6 with some online bookmakers) so looking for a big-priced each-way bet will be most people’s plan of attack in this one.

In 2021 Vintage Clouds, a 28/1 shot, won the Ultima Handicap Chase at the fifth attempt, causing the first upset of the Festival.

Race Details
When:Tuesday 15th March, 14.30pm
Prize:£110,000
Distance:Three-miles one-furlong
Race TypeHandicap Steeplechase
Age:5-Years+
CourseOld Course
Weights:Handicap
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams
Key Betting Stats:9 of the last 10 winners were aged between 7 and 9.
Last Irish trained winner was back in 2003 so this is so this is a very good race for British trainers.

As the Cheltenham Festival draws closer, we will update this page with our full betting preview, the latest odds for the race and any other key info that punters need before they place their bets.

The Festival Handicap Chase

The Festival Trophy is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase for horses aged five and older. Run over a distance of around three miles and one furlong on the Old Course, and there are 20 fences to jump. It’s a handicap event that takes place every year on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March. The start time is 2.30pm

Festival Handicap Chase Key Stats

  • Nine of the last 11 winners were aged between seven and nine.
  • The last Irish trained winner was back in 2003 so this is a very good race for British trainers.

Previous Winners of the Handicap Chase

2021 – Vintage Clouds

2020 – The Conditional

2019 – Beware The Bear

2018 – Coo Star Sivola

2017 – Un Temps Pour Tout

2016 – Un Temps Pour Tout

2015 – The Druids Nephew

2014 – Holywell

2013 – Golden Chieftain

2012 – Alfie Sherrin

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* Cheltenham betting odds 2022 correct at the time of writing

Cheltenham Festival Handicap Chase FAQ’s

What day is the Festival Handicap Chase at Cheltenham?

The Festival Handicap Chase takes place on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is the third race on the card and is due off at 2.30pm.

What distance is the Festival Handicap Chase at Cheltenham?

The race is run on the Old Course over a distance of three miles and one furlong (5,029 metres to be precise).

Who won the Festival Handicap Chase in 2021?

In 2021 the remarkable Vintage Clouds finally won the Ultima Handicap Chase at the fifth attempt with a game display. The Sue Smith-trained grey, owned by Trevor Hemmings, made a lot of the running before his stamina and determination kicked in, as he improved on two placed efforts from his four previous efforts in this staying contest.

What time is the Festival Handicap Chase?

The scheduled race off-time is set for 2.30pm on the opening day of the Festival (Tuesday 15th March 2022).

What is the purse for the Festival Handicap Chase?

The prize purse in 2021 was £82,500 with £46,423 going to the winner. There is prize money all the way down to 8th place.