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.

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