The Ultima Handicap Chase takes place at 2.50pm on day one of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival and we’ve got a preview and two each-way betting tips for the race.
A competitive handicap chase as always, make sure to shop around to get at least four places, for the each-way punters, and in some cases certain bookmakers will be offering five places which is ideal for our two each-way tips on the race.
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Ultima Handicap Chase Predictions – 2.50pm Cheltenham
Shanahan’s Turn is a horse I really like, who runs in the same colours as Sizing John, in the previous race. However, with some of the higher rated horses being taken out following declarations he now has to carry top weight which may be too much to ask of the Galway Plate winner. However, if he is on a going day he cannot be ignored at fancy prices.
Holywell is a Spring Horse, and has some good festival form; however, it is hard to see him winning this on his form thus far this season.
Two horses that I am quite keen on are Paul Nicholl’s runner Southfield Theatre, and one with a light weight, Tom George’s runner O Maonlai, both of these horses are very big odds so I advise each-way bets on both for my Cheltenham 2.50pm betting tips.
Nicholls runner was second behind Don Poli last year in the RSA, and if he was able to reproduce that form he would be hard to beat here. His form has been slightly disappointing this year, having only run twice, but Paul Nicholls is bullish about him, and although carrying plenty of weight he can run a big race at a nice price.
The Tom O’Brien ridden O Maonlai runs here following a disappointing run when favourite at Haydock before Christmas. His run before that was quite good, although never going to beat Aloomomo when runner up at Newbury he caught the eye, and was running fresh that day too. His form in Ireland looks pretty good and he is quite lightly raced for an 8-year-old. The better ground looks likely to play to his favour, and although lacking the class of some of the top weights, history tells us that horses at the bottom end of the weights have been successful more so than not.
Ultima Handicap Betting Tips
Southfield Theatre (each-way) – 20/1 with Bet Victor (5 places).
O Maonlai (each-way) – 50/1 with bet365 (5 places).
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