The Handicap Hurdle Final Betting Guide & Tips The Handicap Hurdle Final is the last of a series of races run during the national hunt season. The event is raced on the Cheltenham New Course over a distance of 3 miles. In order to compete in the Handicap Hurdle participants must be 5 years old or older, and must have qualified for the race in one of a series of pre Cheltenham Festival hurdle events. The fact that horses have to come through qualifying events to participate in the race means that punters have access to a veritable wealth of information on runners’ form.
Handicap Hurdle Final History and Winners The Handicap Hurdle Final replaced the George Duller Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 1974. The Handicap Hurdle Final tends to be a hit and miss affair for trainers. Only Jonjo O’Neill managed to achieve anything approaching a decent run of form in recent years. While the runners participating in the race tend to be quality hurdlers, few go on to impress in some of the Cheltenham Festival’s more prestigious hurdle races.
Handicap Hurdle Final Betting Tips ✔
While the age of the Handicap Hurdle Final winners tends to be variable, 5 year olds rarely win the race.
Betting markets tend to be a poor guide to runners’ prospects, with only two favourites winning the race during the past two decades.
Previous successes over distances of 3 miles or more is an important indication for a Handicap Hurdle Final win.
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