Cheltenham Festival 2019: Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase preview, tv schedule, race time, tips, runners and riders and odds

To get you in the mood for the race at Prestbury Park, here’s all you need to know.

When is the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, what’s the distance and which sort of horses can enter?

The 2019 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 17:30 (5.30pm).

It’s a Listed National Hunt steeplechase run over two miles and four and a half furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards.

It is a handicap race for novice chasers with a rating between 0-145.

Who is running in the 2019 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase?

There are a few months to go before the race so we’ll keep you updated as contenders emerge over the coming months.

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How can I watch the race?

The race will be broadcast live on Racing TV and ITV.

ITV1 is on Sky channel 103 and Virgin channel 103.

You can watch Racing TV on Sky Channel 426 and Virgin Media Channel 536.

What are the latest odds?

Bookies are yet to price up the race with no confirmed runners. We’ll let you know when they do!

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Who won the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase in 2018?

Mister Whitaker (13-2) got up to win by a head for trainer Mick Channon and jockey Brian Hughes.

Rather Be (12-1) came home second with Rocklander (25-1) in third.

Which jockeys and trainers have won the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase the most? 

Ferdy Murphy is the leading trainer after saddling both L’Antartique (2007) and Divers (2011) to win the race.

Jockeys Graham Lee and Brian Hughes have both won the contest twice.

What are the top tips for the race? 

That’s a good question!

Check back here nearer the time for all the tips.

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