Cross Country Chaseby Darren Brett
We have now had nine Cross Country Chases at the Festival since its introduction in 2005.
Perhaps the most famous previous Winner
is Spot Thedifference who won the first running of the cross country, finished runner up in 2006 and finished fourth in 2007. Upon his retirement he had won on seven occasions over the cross country fences at Cheltenham!
Partial view of the Cross Country course on Cheltenham Festival Day One 2012
The Cross Country was run on the Thursday of the meeting in 2013 after the race was lost to frost on the first day of the Festival.
Cross Country Chase Trends
|8/9||were trained in Ireland (as were 27 of the last 32 placed horses!)|
|8/9||were rated between 126-143|
|7/9||were aged nine or older|
|8/9||had won over at least three miles|
|7/9||carried no more than 10st 13lbs|
|6/9||had contested the cross country handicap at Cheltenham in December|
|5/9||had previously won a cross country race|
Cross Country Analysis
The Cross Country Chase is approaching its tenth year at the Festival and the race could be hitting a turning point with an apparent improvement in the quality of horse now taking its chance in the race.
With the likes of top trainers Willie Mullins and Philip Hobbs now targeting this race we are seeing a different type of chaser take on the demands of this most unusual course and as such some of the previous trends are starting to come under question.
For the first five years it appeared that coming into the race in good form was an essential criteria as was winning form in a cross country race. However, the last four winners have all gone against the grain in these areas so the complexion of what is required to win this race appears to be changing.
Watch out for the Winner
of the PP Hogan Cross Country Chase at Punchestown in February as the Winner
there has gone on to win this race at Cheltenham in three of the last nine years.
Cross Country Chase Last Nine Winners
Table below shows the last nine winners of the race, their age/weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2013||Big Shu||8-10-5||P Maher||B Cash||14/1|
|2012||Balthazar King||8-10-9||P Hobbs||R Johnson||11/2|
|2011||Sizing Australia||9-10-9||H De Bromhead||A E Lynch||13/2|
|2010||A New Story||12-9-7||M Hourigan||AP Heskin||25/1|
|2009||Garde Champetre||10-11-12||E Bolger||Miss N Carberry||7/2|
|2008||Garde Champetre||9-10-13||E Bolger||Miss N Carberry||4/1|
|2007||Heads On The Ground||10-10-2||E Bolger||Miss N Carberry||5/2F|
|2006||Native Jack||12-10-8||P Rothwell||D Russell||7/2F|
|2005||Spot Thedifference||12-11-12||E Bolger||Mr J T McNamara||4/1|
Cross Country Chase Preview
Enda Bolger’s early domination of this race could now be under threat as the master of the Cross Country race has not won this race since 2009 after winning four of the first five renewals.
More of the high profile trainers are now actively targeting this race so it will be interesting to see if Bolger can regain the winning thread.
Cross Country Chase Tips
JP McManus owned horses have won four of the runnings of this race and the cross country is undoubtedly one of the races that the legendary owner targets at the Festival.
Watch out for our tip for the 2014 Cross Country Chase nearer the race
Cross Country Odds
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