We are starting this Handicap piece off with the first race of its kind at the festival, with the Ultima Handicap Chase always seeing a attritional gallop to the line.
This handicap event is one of the very few races at the festival that is dominated by the English with the Irish raiders now 0-15 in the race having last took the spoils in 2005.
With that in mind, we are highlighting three British horses that could end up in the race and if they do have big chances of going close.
The first is the seven year old mare VIENNA COURT (20/1) who could step up in trip for the event having already won twice at Cheltenham this season, Winning a Mares Handicap Chase over 2m4f and then last time out backing that up in the Grade Three Paddy Power Handicap Chase on New Year's Day.
GOOD BOY BOBBY (20/1) for Nigel Twiston-Davies could be a big player in the event if the handicapper is lenient looking a rejuvenated character over fences this season.
He has been seem three times at Wetherby and Newcastle, winning two of his three events and the step up to three miles and bought huge improvement from him, player.
Finally, another British runner that could enter the race is the Harry Fry trained PHOENIX WAY (33/1), who was upped to three miles last time out and it seemed to make the penny drop over fences for the first time when second in the Listed Silver Cup at Ascot.