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.

Main Players

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

Cheltenham
Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
17:3013.03.2018
Heavy-soft in places
  • 1
    Testify
    J W T Kennedy T D McCain Jnr
    129-111
    11-10 7
    145
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  • 2
    Any Second Now
    J M P Walsh T T M Walsh
    3U-2223
    11-10 6
    145
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  • 3
    Tycoon Prince
    J J W Kennedy T G Elliott
    P/45-21F
    11-9 8
    144
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  • 4
    Le Rocher
    J T Scudamore T Nick Williams
    071113
    11-9 8
    144
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  • 5
    Demi Sang
    J B J Geraghty T W P Mullins
    131114
    11-9 5
    145
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  • 6
    Conrad Hastings
    J D Robinson T H de Bromhead
    0-11250
    11-8 7
    143
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  • 7
    Barney Dwan
    J N D Fehily T F O'Brien
    427-311
    11-8 8
    143
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  • 8
    Rather Be
    J J McGrath T N J Henderson
    U18-1U1
    11-8 7
    143
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  • 9
    De Plotting Shed
    J D N Russell T G Elliott
    24-2522
    11-8 8
    143
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  • 10
    Rocklander
    J A P Heskin T T R George
    220-1U1
    11-7 9
    142
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  • 11
    Divine Spear
    J Non Runner T N J Henderson
    225-112
    11-6 7
    141
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  • 12
    Western Miller
    J Jonathan Burke T C E Longsdon
    41F224
    11-6 7
    141
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  • 13
    Ibis Du Rheu
    J Sam Twiston-Davies T P F Nicholls
    8/323P-4
    11-6 7
    141
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  • 14
    Jameson
    J Thomas Bellamy T N A Twiston-Davies
    2-21244
    11-5 6
    140
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  • 15
    Report To Base
    J Adam Wedge T Evan Williams
    25-82D1
    11-4 6
    139
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  • 16
    Livelovelaugh
    J R Walsh T W P Mullins
    043-313
    11-4 8
    139
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  • 17
    Markov
    J D A Jacob T B Pauling
    343-11F
    11-3 8
    138
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  • 18
    Ballyhill
    J Jamie Bargary T N A Twiston-Davies
    235F10
    11-3 7
    138
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  • 19
    Kayf Adventure
    J R Johnson T P J Hobbs
    163123
    11-3 7
    138
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  • 20
    Mister Whitaker
    J B Hughes T M R Channon
    43-3121
    11-2 6
    137
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