Cheltenham Festival Cross Country Steeplechase Tips 2022 (4.10pm)

The Cross Country Chase is an extremely unique race with a variety of obstacles for the horses to take on.

It is run over about three miles and six furlongs and there are 32 obstacles to be jumped, it is often taken on by horses who have ambitions to run in the Grand National.

The race was first run at the Cheltenham festival in 2005 when the Enda Bolger-trained Spot Thedifference won with JT McNamara on board.

Tiger Roll regained his crown last year.

 

Cheltenham Festival Cross Country Betting Tips

Very much of a marmite race this, you either love it or you hate it. I have known people to go to the bar in this race, but I personally love it, the variations of jumps from the cheese wedges to the banks, to the canal like turn. It takes a very genuine, adaptable horse to take to these fences. And once again the field looks wide open. Tiger Roll the absolute Cross-Country king who managed to regain his crown from Easysland last year who I am sure if he did there would be no one who would begrudge him from doing so, however at this very minute it does look unlikely. E

Easysland had his first run for his new trainer Jonjo O’Neil when he was pulled up at Sandown over hurdles over the weekend looked a shadow of himself, albeit it was over hurdles but with the problems the horse has had you wonder if they are able to bring him back to his 2020 form.

You then have an unknown in the name of Prengarde who has taken the French Cross-Country scene by an absolute storm which has seen JP McManus buying him and moving him toMr Cross Country himself Enda Bolger. But as we have seen with French horse Easysland being one the going is all important and it seems Prengarde has done all his winning on Soft or worst so will the spring ground be a problem to him? He is apparently due to make an appearance over hurdles in a warm up for March.

Then we come to my pick MORTAL, who has a similar sort of profile to Cause Of Causes, he has the back class previously finishing second to Delta Work in a Novice Chase and even winning a big handicap last year off 147. Interestingly he was bought by Gordon in the sales (previously owned by Gigginstown) and horses re bought by Gordon from Gigginstown can be a very good angle to follow with the likes of Smoking Gun and Folsom Blue all doing very well. He was brought over in December to Cheltenham by Gordon for what was obviously a sighter and he took to the fences very well finishing 4th that day.

He was out the back for a lot of the race which really isn’t the place to be round the course as it is a very sharp track with some tight turns and can be a bit of sprint turning for him. However, he was given plenty time that day and plenty of sight at the fences, which would have been the aim. He did, however, after three out just suddenly seem to spring a pair of wings and absolutely flew home, he did slip round the home bend and ended up fading before the line to miss out on third. He then ran at the DRF in the 2 1/2m handicap which you have to think would have a been pipe opener for March.

Since his run in December, he has been brought over again for a schooling session over fences with Jamie Codd on board so you have to think he will be on board which really there is no better man. He performed better on his first run over these fences than the likes of Tiger Roll and Cause Of Causes. The race in March isn’t a handicap so he won’t be conceding weight this time around and with different tactics in a much more positive ride I can see him going very well and being very hard to beat.

SELECTION: Mortal (12/1)

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Cross Country Chase Trends

  • Age – 11 of the last 12 winners have been aged 8 or older.
  • Price – 2 of the last 12 favorites/joint favorites have won, 9/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.
  • Last Run – 4/12 winners won on their last run before the Glenfarcas Cross Country Chase, 7/12 winners ran within the last 46 days.
  • 4/12 winners ran in the Cross Country Handicap Chase (Cheltenham) on their last run, 1 of the 4 won. 0 placed.
  • Previous Course Form – 11/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 8/12 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham.
  • Previous Distance Form – 11/12 winners had at least 1 run over 30 furlongs, 5/12 winners had at least 1 win over 30 furlongs.
  • Previous Hurdle Form – 10/12 winners had at least 8 runs over hurdles, 11/12 winners had at least 1 win over hurdles.
  • Previous Chase Form – 10/12 winners had at least 13 previous chase runs, 10/12 winners had at least 2 previous chase wins.
  • Rating – 10/12 winners had a rating of 136 or higher.
  • Season Form – 9/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 7/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.

 

Cross Country Chase Recent Winners

Date Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Garde Champetre N Carberry E Bolger
2010 A New Story A P Heskin Michael Hourigan
2011 Sizing Australia A E Lynch Henry De Bromhead
2012 Balthazar King Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2013 Big Shu B M Cash Peter Maher
2014 Balthazar King Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2015 Rivage D’Or Davy Russell A J Martin
2016 Josies Orders Nina Carberry E Bolger
2017 Cause Of Causes J J Codd Gordon Elliott
2018 Tiger Roll Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott
2019 Tiger Roll Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott
2020 Easysland Jonathan Plouganou D Cottin

 

Cross Country Result 2020

1st – Easysland (3/1)

2nd – Tiger Roll (8/11)

3rd – Out Sam (33/1)

4th – Diesek D’Allier (33/1)

 

Cheltenham Day 2 Tips

TimeRaceOddsRead
1.30pmN/ARead
2.10pmBravemansgame9/4Read
2.50pmGowel Road14/1Read
3.30pmShishkin4/5Read
4.10pmMortal12/1Read
4.50pmBefore Midnight16/1Read
5.30pmAmerican Mike3/1Read