Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase

A 3m1f Handicap Chase which often features past and future Grand National runners.

Despite being a handicap this has been a good race for punters over the years with horses near the front of the market showing a good return.

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JLT Specialty Handicap Steeple Chase
This race in 2013

Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Trends

10/10were aged seven to ten
10/10were rated 129-145
9/10won over at least three miles
8/10had a top three finish last time out
8/10carried no more than 10st 12lb
7/10had no more than nine starts over fences


Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Trends Analysis

The Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase has been an excellent race for horses that have run well at previous Festivals with some managing to perform well in this race more than once.

Bensalem won here in 2011 and would have gone very close but for falling in 2010 and Ad Hoc, Juveigneur and Irish Hussar were all recently placed twice in this race.

Last year's winner Holywell was winning at the Festival for the second consecutive year having won the Pertemps Hurdle in 2013.

So focus on any Festival winner or previously placed horse from this race who are targeted here.

The favourite has a poor record in this race with only two outright favourites winning since 1977.

Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Last Ten Winners

Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age/weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
YearHorseAge/WtTrainerJockeyPrice
2014Holywell7-11-6JJ O'NeillAP McCoy10/1
2013Golden Chieftain8-10-2C TizzardB Powell28/1
2012Alfie Sherrin9-10-0JJ ONeillR McLernon14/1
2011Bensalem8-11-2A KingR Thornton5/1
2010Chief Dan George10-10-10J MoffattP Aspell33/1
2009Wichita Lineman8-10-9JJ ONeillAP McCoy5/1F
2008An Accordion7-10-12D PipeT Scudamore7/1
2007Joes Edge10-10-6F MurphyD Russell50/1
2006Dun Doire7-10-9A MartinR Walsh7/1
2005Kelami7-10-2F DoumenR Thornton8/1


Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Preview

Alan King has had two winners and a placed runner in the last eight years in this race and that score could be even better if the 2011 winner Bensalem had not come down at the old second-last fence here in 2010.

Nicky Henderson has had five horses placed in the equivalent race since 2005 and also recorded a victory with Marlborough in 2000. Horses from the Seven Barrows yard will definitely be worth considering for the 2015 renewal.

Novices also have a great record in this race so keep an eye out for any decent prospects who have taken a while to get their act together in their novice year as they could be well handicapped.

Ultima Business Solutions Hcap Chase Tips

OLBG member Billy121only believes Harry Fry's MENDIP EXPRESS is the one to be on in this race:

"Don't subscribe to the misguided view that the festival handicaps are impossible, this is where the opportunities lurk.

Tuesday's first such race may go to a relatively well-fancied horse. MENDIP EXPRESS has won 7 of his 9 point to points before switching to rules and on just his third start over regulation fences, he beat the useful yardstick Alfie Spinner by 5-lengths here at Cheltenham.

Not over-campaigned, Harry Fry's early flagship horse just failed to take the Becher over the Aintree fences and the 9-y-o remains a chaser to be interested in."

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