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2021 Cheltenham Festival News - Handicap Chase Key Runners and Latest Odds

  • The entries for the Handicap Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival were revealed this week
  • Escaria Ten and Coko Beach could represent Gordon Elliott in the Ultima
  • Sky Pirate remains the Grand Annual favourite
  • Irish horses dominate the Paddy Power Plate entries
  • Run Wild Fred and Time To Get Up top the Kim Muir market
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A view of the runners in the Ultima Handicap Chase. (Getty)

Punters were eagerly scrolling through the field yesterday afternoon, when the entries for all nine of the handicap races staged during the Cheltenham Festival were revealed.

We took a look through the handicap hurdles on Wednesday, so let's dive straight into the four handicap chases!

2021 Cheltenham Festival News - Handicap Chase Entries

2021 Ultima Handicap Chase Odds

Escaria Ten6/1
Lieutenant Rocco8/1
Coko Beach10/1
Sam Brown12/1

*Odds taken from Betfair 25/2/21*

Gordon Elliott has a strong hand to play in all of the handicaps at Cheltenham, and he has both Escaria Ten and Coko Beach sitting prominently in the Ultima betting. Farclas and Milan Native also feature towards the top of the betting.

The Ultima is one of the few races at Cheltenham where British horses have dominated in recent years, though. Nick Mitchell's Lieutenant Rocco is fancied, as are fellow novices Remastered and Happygolucky.

Jerrysback and Musical Slave could represent Philip Hobbs and JP McManus. One For The Team, Al Dancer and Alnadam are other names to look out for.

2021 Grand Annual Chase Odds

Sky Pirate8/1
A Wave Of The Sea14/1
Tamaroc Du Mathan14/1
Glen Forsa16/1
Pont Aven16/1
The Shunter16/1

*Odds taken from bet365 on 25/2/21*

Sky Pirate has topped the Grand Annual betting most of the season, and he looks more likely to run here instead of the Arkle or the Marsh. 

Joseph O'Brien's duo of Entoucas and A Wave Of The Sea sit just behind Sky Pirate in the betting, with Tamaroc Du Mathan, Glen Forsa and Ibleo also in the mix.

Last year's first and second, Chosen Mate and Eclair De Beaufeu have both been handed Grand Annual entries. As have Moonlighter, Pont Aven, The Shunter and Duc Des Genievres

2021 Paddy Power Plate Odds

Chatham Street Lad10/1
Fils D'Oudairies10/1
The Shunter10/1
Al Dancer12/1
Coko Beach12/1
A Wave Of The Sea14/1
Caribean Boy14/1
Eldorado Allen14/1
Fanion D'Estruval14/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 25/2/21*

Farclas jumped to the head of the Paddy Power Plate betting after his name featured in the entries, and Gordon Elliott's former Triumph Hurdle winner looks well-treated off his Irish mark.

Chatham Street Lad bolted up in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November, and he could run in the plate. A Wave Of The Sea, Battleoverdoyen and Conflated also feature in a betting heat dominated by Irish runners.

Eldorado Allen is the leading British contender. Caribean Boy, Midnight Shadow and Spiritofthegames all look likely to run. Samcro and Fanion D'Estruval have been handed surprise entries.

2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds

Run Wild Fred8/1
Time To Get Up8/1
Hold The Note14/1
Le Breuil14/1
Destinee Royale16/1
Double Shuffle16/1
Mount Ida16/1
Musical Slave16/1
Nestor Park16/1
Plan Of Attack16/1
Vintage Clouds16/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 25/2/21*

Run Wild Fred is yet to win over fences, but he tops the Kim Muir betting and will run, unless the British handicapper throws his rating up above the 145-ceiling for the Kim Muir.

Time To Get Up sits alongside Run Wild Fred at the top of the market. Hold The Note, Mount Ida and Musical Slave are also fancied.

Double Shuffle could carry top-weight into the Kim Muir, while Vintage Clouds, Shantou Flyer, Fagan and Jerrysback all get in having dropped below 145. Other notable entries include Big River, Plan Of Attack, Demachine and two-time Kim Muir runner-up, Kilfilum Cross.

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