Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

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Introduced2005
RacecourseCheltenham, Old Course
Race Distance 2 miles & 4 1/2 furlongs
Entry ConditionsNovice horses aged 5 and over
Current SponsorClose Brothers
Date & TimeDay 1 / Tuesday 10th March 2020 / 16:50
Leading JockeyGraham Lee & Brian Hughes with 2 wins
Leading TrainerFerdy Murphy with 2 wins

The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, also known as the Centenary Novices Handicap Chase, is the 2nd last race to take place on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival.

It is run over a distance of around 2 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs on the old course at Cheltenham and features 16 fences.

The race is one of the newer races to feature at the Cheltenham Festival having been introduced in 2005 when a fourth day was added to the festival.

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2019 1st A Plus Tard 5 5-1F H De Bromhead R Blackmore  
  2nd Tower Bridge 6 6-1 J P O’Brien J J Slevin  16 Lengths
  3rd Ben Dundee 33-1 G Elliott K M Donoghue  4 1/2 Lengths
2018 1st Mister Whitaker 6 11-1 M R Channon B S Hughes  
  2nd Rather Be 7 15-2 N J Henderson J McGrath Head
  3rd Rocklander 9 16-1 T R George A Heskin 3 1/4 Lengths
2017 1st  Tully East 7 8-1 A Fleming D F O’Regan  
  2nd Gold Present 7 14-1 N J Henderson J McGrath 1 1/4 Lengths
  3rd Two Taffs 7 7-1 D Skelton D N Russell Neck
2016 1st  Ballyalton 9 12-1 I Williams B S Hughes  
  2nd Bouvreuil 5 14-1 P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 1/2 a Lengths
  3rd Double Shuffle 6 8-1 T R George P J Brennan 4 1/2 Lengths
2015 1st  Irish Cavalier 6 11-1 R Curtis P Townend  
  2nd Thomas Crapper 8 6-1 R Dickin C Poste 2 1/2 Lengths
  3rd Generous Ransom 7 8-1 N J Gifford D A Jacob 1/2 a Length

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Trends

  • 11 of the last 15 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase winners either finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • 11 of the last 15 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase winners were aged 6 or 7 years old

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Betting Offers

The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase is the second last race to take place on day 1 of the Cheltenham festival and so whether you’ve hit a few winners already or luck hasn’t been on your side, you should look at taking advantage of some of the betting offers available on the race to increase your chances of being in profit.

There will be a number of betting offers for the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, as there will be for every race at Cheltenham. These include free bet offers, enhanced prices, money-back on losing bets, best odds guaranteed and extra places to name a few. These offers can add extra value to your bets and are worth taking advantage of.

Below is a list of Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase betting offers which are currently available.

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Money Back if 2nd or 3rd to SP Favourite – Cheltenham

Get a refund as a free bet up to £20 if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd to the SP Favourite in ANY RACE at Cheltenham

Free Bet if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd to the SP favourite at the Cheltenham Festival. 18+. UK/IRE customers only. Max refund £/€20. Win or win part of e/w outright singles only. Min field size required. 1st bet on each race. Free bet expires after 7 days. Applies to Ante Post bets placed from 3/3/2020. Free/void bets don't qualify. T&Cs apply.

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Cheltenham Money Back if 2nd

Cash refund up to £10 if your horse finishes 2nd at Cheltenham

Money back credited as cash to £10 per race. First bet qualifies on the Race Winner market only. Min odds 3/1 and 4+ runners. Other terms and restrictions apply.

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Cheltenham Extra Places

Paying 5 places in selected races at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

Betfred are paying 5 places on selected races at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

18+, 5 places at 1/5 the odds available for single & multiple ante-post bets on selected races at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Further T&C's apply. Begambleaware.org

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