Ultima Handicap Chase Tips 2022

This Ultima Handicap Chase preview for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 will look at the leading players in the field. The list of runners generally presents punters with a wide-open field to look through. 

This year’s renewal for Ultima Handicap Tips doesn’t look any different, and for some, it’s a toss-up between appearing here or at the following month’s Grand National.

Ultima Handicap Chase Potential Runners & Favourites

The Ultima Handicap is a big stamina test as it creeps above the 3m mark. It’s often an unpredictable race, and with so many testing jumps for the Ultima Handicap runners to face, it can lead to some longer-priced winners, like last year’s shock 28/1 victor Vintage Clouds.

DOES HE KNOW is the current leader in Ultima Handicap betting, and with rival Shan Blue going to the Ryanair, his claims are further bolstered. Does He Know claimed a Grade 2 novices chase win in February to warm-up for this one. 

He was involved in last year’s Ballymore but finished well down the pecking order. But since then, he’s found his footing in this sphere and has also claimed a win at Cheltenham.

DEATH DUTY was an impressive winner of a Grade 3 Chase at Punchestown last month, beating some quality horses in comfortable fashion. That result alone means he warrants respect in Ultima Handicap betting tips.

NOBLE YEATS is another who looks set to have a good chance in this. His runner-up performance in the Grade 2 Towton Novices’ Chase puts him firmly in the mix here. He’ll be looking to give trainer Emmet Mullins a first winner in the race.

As for some each-way consideration in Ultima Handicap Chase 2022 tips, FRODON and CORACH RAMBLER are certainly of interest. The former drops down into Grade 3 company for the first time this season, while Corach Rambler just needs a bit of a revival, as he was in winning form earlier in the season.

Ultima Handicap Chase Confirmed Runners

Horse Silks Trainer/Jockey Odds
Does He Know J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
Floueur J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
Noble Yeats J: Sam Waley-Cohen
T: Emmet Mullins
Death Duty J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Corach Rambler J: Derek Fox
T: Lucinda Russell
Fantastikas Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Gericault Roque Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Tom Scudamore
T:David Pipe
Frodon Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
Full Back J: Joshua Moore
T: Gary Moore
Our Power J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Sam Thomas
Tea Clipper Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Stan Sheppard
T: Tom Lacey
Oscar Elite Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Cobden
T: Colin Tizzard
Ben Dundee Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny Mullins
T: Andrew Lynch
Discordantly Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Robbie Power
T: John Harrington
Lostintranslation Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J:Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
Kiltealy Briggs Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: A P Heskin
T: Jamie Snowden
Vintage Clouds Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Quinlan
T: Sue Smith
Grumpy Charley Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Bryan Carver
T: Chris Honour
Foxy Jacks Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jonathan Moore
T: Mouse Morris
Rapper Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Tom O’Brien
T: Henry Daly
Doctor Duffy Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Liam Quinlan
T: Charles Byrnes
Belargus Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Niall Houlihan
T: Nick Gifford
Run To Milan Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Alan Johns
T: Victor Dartnall
One More Fleurie Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Charlie Todd
T: Ian Williams
Pontresina (RESERVE) Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Ben Godfrey
T: Ben Lund

*Odds Correct as of 11am 14/03/22*

How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Ultima Handicap Chase Race? 

Favourites in Ultima Handicap betting haven’t had the greatest of time in things in the last 10 renewals of this Cheltenham Day 1 race. There has been just the one winning favourite crop up in that span, Coo Star Sivola, in 2018.

Two of the last nine Ultima Handicap Chase winners have come home first at a quote of 28/1, with Golden Chieftain in 2013 and then Vintage Clouds last year defying the massive odds in the fixture. So that suggests for the 2022 Festival Handicap Chase tips, it is worth looking at some longer-priced options for the shortlist too.

Ultima Handicap Chase Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

Year Favourite Horse* Winning Horse
2021 Happygolucky (2nd) Vintage Clouds (28/1)
2020 Discorama (3rd) / Vinndication (4th) The Conditional (15/2)
2019 Up For Review (8th) / Coo Star Sivola (PU) / Mister Whitaker (PU) Beware The Bear (10/1)
2018 Coo Star Sivola Coo Star Sivola (5/1)
2017 Singlefarmpayment (2nd) Un Temps Pour Tout (9/1)
2016 Out Sam (7th) Un Temps Pour Tout (11/1)
2015 Ned Stark (8th) The Druids Nephew (8/1)
2014 Alfie Sherrin (8th) Holywell (10/1)
2013 Our Mick (2nd) Golden Chieftain (28/1)
2012 Quantativeeasing (7th) / Hold On Julio (10th) Alfie Sherrin (14/1)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up

Ultima Handicap Chase History & Present Time

This race is officially the Festival Handicap Chase but is known as the Ultima because of sponsorship. This is a Grade 3 feature of the Day 1 Cheltenham card, and it is run over a distance of 3m 1f on the Old Course, with twenty fences to be jumped. 

The race is open to five-year-olds and above under handicap terms. The first edition of the race was in 1946 when it was under the guise of the National Hunt Handicap Chase. The 2022 Ultima Handicap has a prize purse of £125,000.

Ultima Handicap Chase Jockey & Trainer Records

The leading jockeys in the Festival Handicap Chase are Robert Thornton and Tom Scudamore, with three wins each. The latter scored back-to-back wins on Un Temps Pour Tout in 2016 and 2017. No horse has won the Ultima more than twice.

As for the trainer landscape for the race, only two have managed to win the fixture on four occasions, and those were Fred Rimell and Fulke Walwyn, who both achieved the feat well before the turn of this century. Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe have won it three times each in the last twenty renewals.

Tips for all the other races on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival

1:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips See Preview
2:10 Arkle Chase Tips See Preview
2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase Tips See Preview
3:30 Champion Hurdle Tips See Preview
4:10 Mares’ Hurdle Tips See Preview
4:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips See Preview
5:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Tips See Preview