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Festival Handicap Chase

The third race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Festival Handicap Chase which was sponsored by the Stewart Family in 2011. It was formerly known as the William Hill Trophy and is the first big handicap of the Festival for punters to get their teeth into. Horses that run in the Festival Handicap Chase are often considered Grand National horses of the future and it can often be used to test a horse's stamina and jumping with Aintree in mind.

The race itself is run over 3 miles at Cheltenham and there are 19 fences for the field to jump around the old course at Prestbury Park. There have been some top class winners of the race in recent years with perhaps the most memorable being Wichita Lineman who was given one of the great rides by AP McCoy to win in 2009. The most recent winner of the race was Bensalem who came out on top of a classic battle with Carole's Legacy in 2011 and much of the credit should go to Choc Thornton who game him a terrific ride.

Festival Handicap Chase Odds 2019

The Festival Handicap betting goes through many changes in the run up to the race with the most significant day being when the weights are announced by the handicapper. Punters will be looking for those horses who have the stamina and the class to come out on top in what is always a high quality Cheltenham race.

Check out the latest Festival Handicap Chase Odds on our comparison tables

Latest Festival Handicap Chase Form and Race Card

Outlined on this section are the principles for the 2019 Festival Handicap Chase and you can check out the latest form guide on this section.

Festival Handicap Chase Form

Latest Festival Handicap Chase Tips

Look no further than the top trainers for the winner of this race and for more top Festival Chase tips check out our race tipping preview.

Festival Handicap Chase Tips

Latest Festival Handicap Chase Results

Winners of the Festival Handicap Chase since 2002

2018 Coo Star Sivola (L Kelly) 5/1F
2017 Un Temps Pour Tout (T Scudamore) 9/1
2016 Un Temps Pour Tout (T Scudamore) 11/1
2015 The Druids Nephew (B Geraghty) 8/1
2014 Holywell (R McLernon) 10/1
2013 Golden Chieftain (B Powell) 28/1
2012 Alfie Sherrin (R McLernon) 14/1
2011 Bensalem (R Thornton)
2010 Chief Dan George (P Aspell) 33/1
2009 Wichita Lineman (AP McCoy)
2008 An Accordion (T Scudamore)
2007 Joes Edge (D Russell)
2006 Dun Doire (R Walsh)
2005 Kelami (R Thornton)
2004 Fork Lightning (R Thornton)
2003 Youlneverwalkalone (B Geraghty)
2002 Frenchman's Creek (P Carberry)

Festival Handicap Chase Results

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