The main event on the middle Saturday on Cheltenham’s November Meeting is the BetVictor Gold Cup, the race which runs directly before it though is this classy Grade 3, the BetVictor Handicap Chase.
At 3 miles and 3½ furlongs, this is almost a mile longer than the BetVictor Gold Cup with winners going on to compete in a range of staying contests. West Approach, the 2019 winner, followed up with the Welsh National at Chepstow and Stayers’ Hurdle back at Cheltenham. The 2018 winner Rock The Kasbah went on to run in that season’s Grand National.
Next Race: Saturday, 14th November 2020
The next race is scheduled to run on 14th November 2020. The race info, trends and tips shown below will be updated for the next renewal once the final declarations have been made.
Last Run: 16th November 2019
- Winner: West Approach
- SP: 11/4
- Trainer: Colin Tizzard
- Jockey: Robbie Power
This Grade 3 handicap chase is run over the Old Course at Cheltenham with almost £34,000 awarded to the winner.
|Going||Distance||Class||Prize Money||Runners||EW Terms|
|Soft||3m 3½f||Grade 3||£60,000||7||1/4 1-2|
BetVictor Handicap Chase Betting Tips
Note: The following tips are from the last running of the race. Tips for the next renewal will be added once the final declarations have been made.
Preview will be available before the next running of the BetVictor Handicap Chase.
BetVictor Handicap Chase Winners
|2019||West Approach||11/4||Colin Tizzard||Robbie Power|
|2018||Rock The Kasbah||9/1||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2017||Perfect Candidate||7/1||Fergal O'Brien||Paddy Brennan|
|2016||Viconte Du Noyer||20/1||Colin Tizzard||Harry Cobden|
|2015||Sausalito Sunrise||7/1||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2014||Sam Winner||15/2||Paul Nicholls||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|2013||Alvarado||12/1||Fergal O'Brien||Paul Moloney|
|2012||Monbeg Dude||25/1||Michael Scudamore||Jamie Moore|
|2011||Galaxy Rock||9/1||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy|
|2010||Midnight Chase||8/1||Neil Mulholland||Dougie Costello|
About the BetVictor Handicap Chase: A November Meeting Highlight
Cheltenham Racecourse is home to some of the most valuable and prestigious races in the National Hunt season. Of course, most of them take place during the Cheltenham Festival but there are some excellent races held much earlier in the season during Cheltenham’s November Meeting.
The BetVictor Handicap Chase takes place on the Saturday of the November Meeting and is one of its feature races. It may be a handicap but this Grade 3 regularly features horses who go on to compete at the top level, with recent years even seeing horses return to Cheltenham in March to compete in the Gold Cup.
Stayers to the Fore
At three miles, three and a half furlongs, the BetVictor Handicap Chase is a true race for hardy stayers. As with any long distance race though, it’s not simply about stamina. Horses who jump well and do so reliably will conserve vital energy over the 22 fences which must be navigated in the race. That energy is absolutely crucial for any steeplechase at Cheltenham as the run up to the winning post climbs the famously demanding hill.
The requirement for horses to jump well and to dig deep in the closing stages has thrown up an interesting mixture of winners over the history of the BetVictor Handicap Chase. On the one hand, you have out and out stayers who are battle hardened in the most demanding handicaps. These horses tend to follow their November trip to Cheltenham with runs in races such as the Grand National races run at Aintree, Chepstow and Ayr.
Many of the main contenders in the BetVictor Handicap Chase will compete almost exclusively in handicaps for the remainder of their careers. Others will impress sufficiently and/or get to the point where their rating makes it impossible for them to remain competitive in handicaps that connections try them out amongst Grade 1 or 2 company. So far, the race is yet to produce a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner but it has produced several runners. It was also won by Royal Athlete in 1993 who subsequently won the Grand National in 1995.
The BetVictor Handicap Chase Trends to Consider
It takes a certain amount of experience to win the BetVictor Handicap Chase. Horses without enough experience over fences and this sort of challenging handicap will find their challenge peter out. Therefore, it takes a very good performance from any horse to win this under the age of seven. Whilst winners aged over 10 are rare, older horses should not be immediately discounted.
This is often the big betting race of the November Meeting at Cheltenham. Picking a winner is no easy task with several outsiders and very few favourites winning but those who get it right received handsome returns from the bookies. The competitiveness of this race means that runners at big odds often claim a place so it’s a race for which each way betting is perfect.
It is always worth paying very close attention to the weights before having a bet on the BetVictor Handicap Chase. Punters need very good reasons to back any horse carrying 11 stone or more but, as we’ve seen, it is a contest that often involves some very high class types who can defy a penal rating.