Northern Trust Handicap Chase Tips – Aura can steal the show on Festival opening day

Imperial Aura (near) comes to challenge for the leadImperial Aura (near) comes to challenge for the lead

Northern Trust Chase Tips

Daryl Carter (@DarylCarter7) gives the latest of his Cheltenham day 1 tips here as he runs the rule over the Northern Trust Company Novice Handicap Chase.

As ever, this appears to be one of the moe competitive handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival. Let’s take a look at the leading contenders but there is a standout selection in this contest.

Northern Trust Chase Tips – Time to get betting boots on

I could write an essay on IMPERIAL AURA but I’ll try to keep things short.

His trainer Kim Bailey is in flying form this season and Imperial Aura has a serious chance of becoming a Cheltenham Festival winner. He has had three starts over fences this term but two of those have been over the wrong trip of three miles.

He chased home the progressive Simply The Betts at Cheltenham when last seen in January with the pair pulling 12 lengths clear of the remainder. That rates strong form given the horses in behind and the third is now rated 7lb higher. Imperial Aura has the ability to be rated in the 150s so he is a solid bet in this race off a mark of 143. Use whatever Cheltenham free bets you have and pile them on this horse.

Drop in trip looks set to suit

GALVIN has run in three competitive chases this term but is yet to win. He may well have been destined to go down the handicapping route by connections so it would be folly to read too much into those runs.

His best hurdles form came over 2m so a drop back in trip might be what the doctor orders to see him in his best light.

A handicap plot?

Many people are convinced that HOLD THE NOTE has been targeted at this race by connections who won it with Mister Whitaker in 2018.

He has had three starts this term with form figures of 2P3 and has risen 12lb in the handicap ratings for doing so. He may still have more to come but don’t make him one of your Cheltenham day 1 tips  at this stage.

Improving mare one to consider

ANNIE MC is a progressive mare and is on the up after winning three times this season from four runs. She has only stepped out of mares company once, which could pose a concern and she currently sits on a mark of 145, which looks high enough for this race, but she will benefit from the mares’ allowance. She could be one to consider on Cheltenham Festival day 1.

Kettle could be coming to boil

PUT THE KETTLE ON rates an attractive proposition and is a winner of four of her five starts over fences, including taking the scalp of Al Dancer and Rouge Vif who are both rated in the 150’s at this course over two miles.

She hasn’t been seen since that race in November and sits on a handicap mark of 142 with the return to this trip likely to suit and she rates a big player with her mares’ allowance. There are worse horses to put your Cheltenham betting offers on.


Northern Trust Chase Tips – Big-race Verdict

This race has a competitive look it but it’s difficult to get away from Imperial Aura, who looks extremely well-handicapped and I’ll be disappointed if he couldn’t get the job done with course experience enhancing his claims.