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.