Festival Hunters Chase Tips – Preview, Odds & Trends (Cheltenham Day 4 4.10pm)

The Festival Hunters Chase (Foxhunters Chase) is run over 3 miles 2½ furlongs on the New Course at Cheltenham or, in other words, the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Traditionally restricted to amateur riders, the race is often known, colloquially, as the ‘Amateurs’ Gold Cup’.


Festival Hunters Chase Tips

On Friday at 4.10, with Prestbury Park still on a high from Minella Indo winning back to back Gold Cups (Bonus Tip), we turn our attention to the Race that stops a nation……from wanting to have a 5th day at the Cheltenham FestivalBillaway, for the 3rd year in a row, is the favourite but I would be concerned that he has found one too good on his last 2 attempts. Winged Leader beat him easily in Thurles and I think the only reason he’s not outright favourite is because Willie has said that Billaway would come on from the run. This may also be true for David Christie’s horse who was having his first start of the season under rules.

However, another horse in the race who I believe would be half its odds bar one noticeable concern, is my selection BOB AND CO (8/1). It is easy to mock Owner/Jockey David Maxwell, who once pulled up this classy French recruit because he himself was cramping. However, the likeable Maxwell has actually had 7 winners this year for a £16.38 profit to level stakes. The horse was travelling well in last year’s race before coming down 3 out and if the Jockey can get enough electrolytes on board in the lead up to the race, I fancy him to go very close.

Selection: BOB AND CO 8/1 with William Hill.

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Hunters Chase Trends

Age – 10 of the last 12 winners were aged 8 or older.

Price – 4 of the last 12 winners were favourites/joint favourites, 7/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.

Last Run – 7/12 winners won on their last run before the Foxhunters Chase, 9/12 winners won or placed on their last run before Cheltenham, 9/12 winners had their last run within the last 41 days.

Previous Course Form – 8/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 3/12 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham.

Previous Distance Form – 7/12 winners had at least 1 previous run over 26/27 furlongs, 3 of the 7 had at least 1 win over 26/27 furlongs.

Previous Chase Form – 10/12 winners had at least 6 previous chase runs, 11/12 winners had at least 1 previous chase win
Rating – 9/12 winners had a rating of 134 or higher.

Season Form – 11/12 winners had at least 1 previous run that season, 8/12 winners had at least 1 previous win that season.


St James’ Palace Foxhunters Recent Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Cappa Bleu R Burton Sheila Crow
2010 Baby Run Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
2011 Zemsky Derek O’Connor I R Ferguson
2012 Salsify C J Sweeney Rodger Sweeney
2013 Salsify C J Sweeney Rodger Sweeney
2014 Tammys Hill J J Smyth Liam Lennon
2015 On The Fringe N Carberry E Bolger
2016 On The Fringe N Carberry E Bolger
2017 Pacha Du Polder Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls
2018 Pacha Du Polder Harriet Tucker Paul Nicholls
2019 Hazel Hill Alex Edwards Philip Rowley
2020 It Came To Pass M O’Sullivan Eugene O’Sullivan


Foxhunters Chase 2020 Result

1st – It Came To Pass (66/1)

2nd – Billaway (11/4)

3rd – Shantou Flyer (3/1)

4th – Staker Wallace (15/2)


Cheltenham Day 4 Tips

The last day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival includes the Gold Cup on Friday 19th March 2021.

1.30pm - Triumph HurdleMajborough - 10/1 (ew NRNB)
Salvator Mundi - 25/1 (ew)
Place Bet
2.10pm - County HurdleKing of Kingsfield - 7/1Place Bet
2.50pm - Albert Bartlett Novices' HurdleDancing City - 8/1Place Bet
3.30pm - Cheltenham Gold CupPlace Bet
4.10pm - Festival Challenge Cup Hunters ChasePlace Bet
4.50pm - Paddy Power Mares ChasePlace Bet
5.30pm - Martin Pipe HurdleBetter Days Ahead - 14/1Place Bet