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Festival Handicap Chase 2021 Racecard

The Festival Trophy Handicap Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase handicap which takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March, and is one of the big betting races on day one of the meeting. Open to horses aged five years or older, the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about three miles and one furlong (3 miles 1 furlong), with 20 fences to be jumped.

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2:30 Tue 16 Mar FESTIVAL HANDICAP CHASE

Distance: 25f 0y Age: 5yo + Prize: £82,500

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
211P1/2-22
jockey silks 1. ACHILLE (FR)
T: Venetia Williams
11
0-0
211P1/2-22
2
3/R2211-13
jockey silks 2. ADMIRAL'S SECRET
T: Victor Dartnall
10
0-0
3/R2211-13
3
12425-139
jockey silks 3. AL DANCER (FR)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
8
0-0
12425-139
4
61F15-51P
jockey silks 4. ALMAZHAR GARDE (FR)
T: Charlie Longsdon
6
0-0
61F15-51P
5
1441-2181
jockey silks 5. ALNADAM (FR)
T: Dan Skelton
8
0-0
1441-2181
6
2/3547-7F2
jockey silks 6. ASO (FR)
T: Venetia Williams
11
0-0
2/3547-7F2
7
U15-23262
jockey silks 7. AYE RIGHT (IRE)
T: Harriet Graham
8
0-0
U15-23262
8
411P/48-57
jockey silks 8. BEWARE THE BEAR (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
11
0-0
411P/48-57
9
12/5-U3141
jockey silks 9. BLACK KALANISI (IRE)
T: Joseph Tuite
8
0-0
12/5-U3141
10
24617-P14
jockey silks 10. CEPAGE (FR)
T: Venetia Williams
9
0-0
24617-P14
11
244U6-201
jockey silks 11. CHOUNGAYA (FR)
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
8
0-0
244U6-201
12
4/291-2132
jockey silks 12. CLONDAW CASTLE (IRE)
T: Tom George
9
0-0
4/291-2132
13
13/4328-31
jockey silks 13. CLOTH CAP (IRE)
T: Jonjo O'Neill
9
0-0
13/4328-31
14
R2F6-150U
jockey silks 14. CLOUDY GLEN (IRE)
T: Venetia Williams
8
0-0
R2F6-150U
15
9P566-7PP
jockey silks 15. COBRA DE MAI (FR)
T: Caroline Bailey
9
0-0
9P566-7PP
16
09-242311
jockey silks 16. COKO BEACH (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
0-0
09-242311
17
1199-8064
jockey silks 17. CRIEVEHILL (IRE)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
9
0-0
1199-8064
18
2/P8P-2222
jockey silks 18. CROSSPARK
T: Caroline Bailey
11
0-0
2/P8P-2222
19
4921/7231-
jockey silks 19. DELIRE D'ESTRUVAL (FR)
T: Ben Pauling
8
0-0
4921/7231-
20
5/P52-68P1
jockey silks 20. DIDERO VALLIS (FR)
T: Venetia Williams
8
0-0
5/P52-68P1
21
F14-149UF
jockey silks 21. DISCORDANTLY (IRE)
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
7
0-0
F14-149UF
22
23110-512
jockey silks 22. ESCARIA TEN (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
0-0
23110-512
23
70-631
jockey silks 23. FAGAN
T: Alex Hales
11
0-0
70-631
24
5P/111-534
jockey silks 24. FARCLAS (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
0-0
5P/111-534
25
32212P-49
jockey silks 25. FINGERONTHESWITCH (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
11
0-0
32212P-49
26
514-311P
jockey silks 26. FULL BACK (FR)
T: Gary Moore
6
0-0
514-311P
27
23F-11433
jockey silks 27. GO ANOTHER ONE (IRE)
T: John McConnell, Ireland
9
0-0
23F-11433
28
9F122/1-U6
jockey silks 28. GOOSE MAN (IRE)
T: Tom J. Taaffe, Ireland
9
0-0
9F122/1-U6
29
1334-121
jockey silks 29. HAPPYGOLUCKY (IRE)
T: Kim Bailey
7
0-0
1334-121
30
3P11/715-P
jockey silks 30. HOGAN'S HEIGHT (IRE)
T: Jamie Snowden
10
0-0
3P11/715-P
31
P23-44352
jockey silks 31. HOLD THE NOTE (IRE)
T: Mick Channon
7
0-0
P23-44352
32
127P/5F
jockey silks 32. IBIS DU RHEU (FR)
T: Richard Hobson
10
0-0
127P/5F
33
1223/03-3P
jockey silks 33. JERRYSBACK (IRE)
T: Philip Hobbs
9
0-0
1223/03-3P
34
22PP-51P3
jockey silks 34. JUST YOUR TYPE (IRE)
T: Charlie Longsdon
9
0-0
22PP-51P3
35
138/2520-4
jockey silks 35. KAUTO RIKO (FR)
T: Tom Gretton
10
0-0
138/2520-4
36
2131P-234
jockey silks 36. KILTEALY BRIGGS (IRE)
T: Jamie Snowden
7
0-0
2131P-234
37
13P/533-15
jockey silks 37. LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)
T: N. W. Alexander
11
0-0
13P/533-15
38
11P-3231
jockey silks 38. LIEUTENANT ROCCO (IRE)
T: Nick Mitchell
6
0-0
11P-3231
39
4221-12P0
jockey silks 39. MILAN NATIVE (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
8
0-0
4221-12P0
40
232-12425
jockey silks 40. MINELLA ENCORE (IRE)
T: Dr Richard Newland
9
0-0
232-12425
41
11321-14
jockey silks 41. MR MULDOON (IRE)
T: Dr Richard Newland
8
0-0
11321-14
42
58132-5U3
jockey silks 42. MUSICAL SLAVE (IRE)
T: Philip Hobbs
8
0-0
58132-5U3
43
12U27-333
jockey silks 43. NIETZSCHE
T: Brian Ellison
8
0-0
12U27-333
44
11P/091-
jockey silks 44. OK CORRAL (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
11
0-0
11P/091-
45
231-3U255
jockey silks 45. ONE FOR THE TEAM
T: Nick Williams
7
0-0
231-3U255
46
250-22313
jockey silks 46. PAINT THE DREAM
T: Fergal O'Brien
7
0-0
250-22313
47
P17U2-FPP
jockey silks 47. PINSON DU RHEU (FR)
T: Alexandra Dunn
10
0-0
P17U2-FPP
48
31P/1F50-2
jockey silks 48. PISTOL WHIPPED (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
7
0-0
31P/1F50-2
49
21134-PP8
jockey silks 49. PLAN OF ATTACK (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
0-0
21134-PP8
50
0/211PP-15
jockey silks 50. PYM (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
8
0-0
0/211PP-15
51
25U7/5-P06
jockey silks 51. RED INFANTRY (IRE)
T: Ian Williams
11
0-0
25U7/5-P06
52
52P33-111
jockey silks 52. REMASTERED
T: David Pipe
8
0-0
52P33-111
53
5P-P2P0P9
jockey silks 53. ROARING BULL (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
8
0-0
5P-P2P0P9
54
F1-345522
jockey silks 54. RUN WILD FRED (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
0-0
F1-345522
55
11P-3
jockey silks 55. SAM BROWN
T: Anthony Honeyball
9
0-0
11P-3
56
945-112FP
jockey silks 56. SIZING AT MIDNIGHT (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
9
0-0
945-112FP
57
1F11P6-P3
jockey silks 57. SLATE HOUSE (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
9
0-0
1F11P6-P3
58
92-3212
jockey silks 58. SNOW LEOPARDESS
T: Charlie Longsdon
9
0-0
92-3212
59
5F-11112P
jockey silks 59. SOLDIER OF LOVE
T: Paul Nicholls
8
0-0
5F-11112P
60
122P-561P
jockey silks 60. SOUPY SOUPS (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
10
0-0
122P-561P
61
5P3-7311P
jockey silks 61. STORM CONTROL (IRE)
T: Kerry Lee
8
0-0
5P3-7311P
62
21251/3P-3
jockey silks 62. TALKISCHEAP (IRE)
T: Alan King
9
0-0
21251/3P-3
63
52-121366
jockey silks 63. THE BUTCHER SAID (IRE)
T: Olly Murphy
8
0-0
52-121366
64
3220-3726
jockey silks 64. THE KINGS WRIT (IRE)
T: Kayley Woollacott
10
0-0
3220-3726
65
217-21543
jockey silks 65. THE WOLF (FR)
T: Olly Murphy
7
0-0
217-21543
66
453-2359P
jockey silks 66. TOUT EST PERMIS (FR)
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
8
0-0
453-2359P
67
1/1P-09576
jockey silks 67. TOWNSHEND (GER)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
10
0-0
1/1P-09576
68
P3158-753
jockey silks 68. VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)
T: Sue Smith
11
0-0
P3158-753
69
5950-2P5P
jockey silks 69. VIVAS (FR)
T: Charlie Longsdon
10
0-0
5950-2P5P
70
31-121260
jockey silks 70. YOUNG WOLF (IRE)
T: Jonjo O'Neill
8
0-0
31-121260

Betting Forecast : Betting forecast will appear here when available.

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In 2011, the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase was run as the Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase to highlight the work done by the charity Spinal Research.

Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop effective treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.

The Stewart family in question is that of racehorse owner Andy Stewart who has enjoyed plenty of success as an owner at the Cheltenham Festival, his winners including the multiple Stayers’ Hurdle winner Big Buck’s who wore Stewart’s familiar red and white halved silks.

Stewart’s son Paul was told he would never walk again after breaking his back after getting caught up in an avalanche while snowboarding in the Alps in 2008.

Stewart Snr has never won the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase, but Lizzie Kelly became the 12th women to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival when guiding the well-supported 5/1 favourite Coo Star Sivola to victory in the race in 2018.

Winners of the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase often go on to run in the Grand National, although not always in the same year. Horses to have achieved victory in both events include Royal Tan, Team Spirit, West Tip, Seagram and Rough Quest.

Three horses have won the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase twice - Sentina in 1957 and 1958, Scot Lane in 1982 and 1983, and Un Temps Pour Tout in 2016 and 2017.

The last-named was ridden by Tom Scudamore , who, along with Robert Thornton, has won the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase on three occasions.

Thornton’s wins in the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase include Kelami , successful in 2005, who is the only French-trained winner of the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase.

In terms of Timeform ratings this century, Coo Star Sivola’s smart performance was actually one of the lesser winning efforts, rated 2 lb lower than the iconic Festival Trophy Handicap Chase victory of Wichita Lineman in 2009.

The well-backed favourite Wichita Lineman had been pushed along for over a circuit by the legendary AP McCoy , but stayed on best of all up the hill to collar Maljimar in the dying strides and win by a neck.

The ride is considered one of the best of all time, and is fondly remembered by McCoy in his 2011 book My Autobiography. "It was only after we crossed the winning line that I was aware of the noise coming from the stands. It was probably one of the better rides that I have given any horse; in fact I'd say that in my own little head I thought it was probably the best ride I have ever given a horse."

Un Temps Pour Tout, winner of the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase in 2016 and 2017, has produced the best winning performances in recent years, his most recent effort was classified as ‘High Class’ by Timeform, and would have been good enough for a fourth-placed finish in the same year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Though Fred Rimell and Fulke Walwyn both won the race four times many decades ago, the most successful Festival Trophy Handicap Chase trainer in recent times is David Pipe, who has won it three times, with: An Accordion (2008), and Un Temps Pour Tout (2016, 2017).

The most successful Festival Trophy Handicap Chase jockey in recent times are Tom Scudamore and Robert Thornton , who have both won it three times.

Scudamore’s wins were all on the David Pipe-trained runners listed above, while Thornton’s success came with: Fork Lightning (2004), Kelami (2005), and Bensalem (2011).

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Festival Handicap Chase 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Festival Handicap Chase?

3 miles and 1 furlong

How many obstacles are jumped in the Festival Handicap Chase?

20

What day of the festival is the Festival Handicap Chase?

Day 1

What time is the Festival Handicap Chase?

14:50

What weights are carried for the Festival Handicap Chase?

As it is a traditional National Hunt handicap steeplechase, weights range from 11 st 12 lb for the top weight, to 10 st for the bottom weight.

What is the purse for the Festival Handicap Chase?

£110,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Festival Handicap Chase*?

Tom Scudamore and Robert Thornton

Who is the leading trainer in the Festival Handicap Chase*?

David Pipe

Who won the Festival Handicap Chase?

You can check out our Festival Handicap Chase results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Festival Handicap Chase?

Click the link to visit our Festival Handicap Chase Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1977

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