Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase Betting Tips & Odds 2018
17.30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
This £70,000 Novices’ Handicap Chase brings down the curtain on Cheltenham Champion Day and is a fiercely competitive race over 2m 4f for some of the brighter novice chasers around, but who are not quite up to Grade 1 level.
In 2017, Tully East stayed on best from Gold Present to land a memorable win for trainer Alan Fleming.
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It is often a tussle between three mile types and two mile types meeting in the middle over the 2m4f distance and it’s a race which always throws up plenty of bright prospects over fences for the following season, as well as being a fantastic handicap in its own right.
Novices’ Handicap Feature Betting Tip
Leading fancy De Plotting Shed was nominated by the BHA handicapping team as their highest-profile ‘headache horse’ in their pre-Cheltenham deliberations with the horse being well supported in the betting for this race.
It is some time since Donald McCain had a Festival winner but the Trevor Hemmings owned TESTIFY could quite easily put him back on the board. Unbeaten in three runs over fences he is improving all time and 20/1 looks to be more than generous odds.
Neil Mulholland’s Kalondra ran well in the Coral Cup here last year and has got course-and-distance form. He is worth a second look in the betting market.
Willie Mullins trains the interesting Rich Ricci owned Koshari, who screams of being not quite up to Graded level this season but more than capable of winning a top novice handicap on route to better things later in the year. He is 10/1 here, with Shattered Love the same top price.
Paul Nicholls often gets it right in Cheltenham handicaps and his talented but enigmatic Movewiththetimes is high in the Cheltenham betting odds at 14/1 and has lots of track form, but does he have the guts for a battle? Nicholls has a job on his hands to produce him spot on for the race.
Ballyandy is 16/1 and has to be respected for Nigel Twiston-Davies, while Nicky Henderson’s Rather Be also looks an ideal type for this despite an unfortunate slip at Plumpton.
Latest Close Brothers Chase Betting Odds
- Koshari – 10/1
- Shattered Love – 10/1
- Acting Lass – 12/1
- Movewiththetimes – 14/1
- Ballyandy – 16/1
- Brelade – 16/1
- Rather Be – 16/1
- Fix Le Lap – 20/1
- Born Survivor – 25/1
2017 WINNER: Tully East – 8/1
Novices’ Handicap Chase Betting Odds
Novices’ Handicap Chase Race Card
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1TestifyJ W T Kennedy T D McCain Jnr129-11111-10 7145
2Any Second NowJ M P Walsh T T M Walsh3U-222311-10 6145
3Tycoon PrinceJ J W Kennedy T G ElliottP/45-21F11-9 8144
4Le RocherJ T Scudamore T Nick Williams07111311-9 8144
5Demi SangJ B J Geraghty T W P Mullins13111411-9 5145
6Conrad HastingsJ D Robinson T H de Bromhead0-1125011-8 7143
7Barney DwanJ N D Fehily T F O'Brien427-31111-8 8143
8Rather BeJ J McGrath T N J HendersonU18-1U111-8 7143
9De Plotting ShedJ D N Russell T G Elliott24-252211-8 8143
10RocklanderJ A P Heskin T T R George220-1U111-7 9142
11Divine SpearJ Non Runner T N J Henderson225-11211-6 7141
12Western MillerJ Jonathan Burke T C E Longsdon41F22411-6 7141
13Ibis Du RheuJ Sam Twiston-Davies T P F Nicholls8/323P-411-6 7141
14JamesonJ Thomas Bellamy T N A Twiston-Davies2-2124411-5 6140
15Report To BaseJ Adam Wedge T Evan Williams25-82D111-4 6139
16LivelovelaughJ R Walsh T W P Mullins043-31311-4 8139
17MarkovJ D A Jacob T B Pauling343-11F11-3 8138
18BallyhillJ Jamie Bargary T N A Twiston-Davies235F1011-3 7138
19Kayf AdventureJ R Johnson T P J Hobbs16312311-3 7138
20Mister WhitakerJ B Hughes T M R Channon43-312111-2 6137