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Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase TipsWhen is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 2021?

Cheltenham Wednesday 17th March 4.10pm

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (Class 2) (5yo+)

Distance: 3 Miles 6 furlongs

Weights – 11st 4lb

The fifth race on day two is the popular Cross Country Chase, held on the cross-country course in the centre of Cheltenham racecourse.  The trip is three miles and six furlongs, and they have to negotiate 32 various obstacles.

This race was a handicap until 2015, when it was changed to a conditions race,  and we are starting to see higher rated horses, and top trainers such as Willie Mullins and Phillip Hobbs are now targeting the race.

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Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Records

Fastest Win: Balthazar King 2012 ridden by Richard johnson trained by Philip Hobbs finished in 471.7 s – 7 minutes 51.7 seconds

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Garde Champetre – 2008, 2009
Balthazar King – 2012, 2014
Tiger Roll – 2018, 2019

Leading jockey (4 wins):

Nina Carberry – Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008, 2009), Josies Orders (2016)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

Enda Bolger – Spot Thedifference (2005), Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008, 2009), Josies Orders (2016)

Source: Wikipedia

Cross Country Chase Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age11 of the last 12 winners have been aged 8 or older.
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings.
  • Trainer – Gordon Elliott, Phillip Hobbs and Enda Bolger are the only trainers to saddle more than 1 winner in the last 12 years with 3, 2 and 2 wins respectively.
  • Country – 8 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 1 in France and 1 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – All of the last 12 winners were bay..
  • Weight Carried10 of the last of the last 12 winners carried 11st 4lbs or less.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 9 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 8/1 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – 2 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 9 were in the first 3 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 8 of the last 12 winners were without headgear
  • Days Since Last Run – 11 of the last 12 winners had run within the past 120 days. 
  • Last Run Form –4 of the last 12 winners had won last time out. 8 finished in the first 5.
  • Official Rating – 11 of the last 12 winners had an OR between 134 and 152

Who are the Cross Country Chase Leading Contenders?

EASYSLAND – Two from three over these fences easy winner of this race last year, was conceding 21 lb to the winner when beaten here in November.

TIGER ROLL – Dual winner of this race, dual Grand National winner

POTTERS CORNER – Midlands Grand National winner in 2019, ahead of EASYSLAND over these fences in November.

UNIKETAT – French raider who is expected to enjoy this test.

What’s Keith’s Cross Country Chase Tips for 2021?

Difficult at this stage to weigh up the contenders, many of them lack a run but EASYSLAND and TIGER ROLL have to be on anyones shortlist.

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What was Keith’s Cross Country Chase Tip for 2020?

For the 2020 Cheltenham Festival Guide, Free Racing Tips Tipster Keith's antepost selections was:

There will be no horse more  popular than dual Grand National  winner TIGER ROLL, who is  attempting to record a hat-trick of  wins in this race, before another  crack at the big one. He made a satisfactory return in  the Boyne Hurdle at Navan, where  he finished fifth under a hands and  heels ride.

On the day, Keith went against the favourite instead looking for value, his selection was EASYSLAND

Result: The Cross Country Chase gave us another winner when EASYSLAND drew clear of the well backed fands favourite TIGER ROLL.


Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Results

Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country Chase)
Distance: 3m6f (6637 yards) Prize (winner): £40235 Direction: Left Handed
Runners: 14    Going: Soft    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 9 mins 9.60s   Avg OR: 143     Median OR: 140 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
41stEasysland (FR)6152Cottin, DPlouganou, Jonathan3/14.651.65
tracked leaders, led 20th, made rest, ridden before last, clear flat, stayed on well BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 5.7
132nd17Tiger Roll (IRE)10171Elliott, GordonDonoghue, K M8/11 (Fav)1.811.37
mid-division, headway and in touch halfway, went 2nd after 25th, driven and unable to quicken after 2 out, ridden and kept on under pressure before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 1.43 BF IP MAX 1000
113rd18Out Sam11137Elliott, GordonCodd, Mr J J33/195.008.55
behind, mistake 12th, headway when blundered 20th, lost place 25th, ridden after 2 out, stayed on into modest 3rd flat, no chance with clear pair BF IP MIN 70 BF IP MAX 1000
34th3Diesel DAllier (FR)7137Clayeux, EmmanuelDeutsch, Charlie33/160.996.39
mid-division, headway to track leaders 22nd, outpaced 4 out, plugged on in modest 4th from next BF IP MIN 28 BF IP MAX 1000
145th1Urgent De Gregaine (FR)12149Clayeux, EmmanuelGiles, Felix De16/140.383.89
held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 19th, chased leaders 24th, went 3rd before 26th, outpaced 3 out, no chance with front pair after, weakened flat BF IP MIN 16 BF IP MAX 1000
106th0.75Outlander (IRE)12145Spencer, RichardBowen, James C100/1418.4526.00
prominent, outpaced 4 out, never able to get back on terms, ridden before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
87th9.5Might Bite (IRE)11158Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico9/111.004.58
held up, always towards rear BF IP MIN 9.2 BF IP MAX 1000
98th4.25Neverushacon (IRE)9138Harrington, Mrs JohnKennedy, PAddy D25/147.875.43
mid-division, close up 11th, outpaced 4 out, weakened after 2 out BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000
1PUArlequin DAllier (FR)10140Clayeux, EmmanuelOConnor, Derek33/150.826.20
keen early, led 2nd, headed 20th, weakened quickly and pulled up after 22nd BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
2PUChic Name (FR)8132Hobson, RichardBurke, Jonathan50/187.879.24
always towards rear, lost touch 25th, pulled up before last, dismounted BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
6PUJosies Orders (IRE)12140Bolger, EWalsh, M P50/1139.749.94
in touch, mid-division halfway, hampered and dropped towards rear 19th, no danger after, weakened and pulled up after 23rd BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
7PUKingswell Theatre11129Scudamore, M JScudamore, Tom100/1451.3629.00
tracked leader to 16th, in touch until weakened 22nd, pulled up before next BF IP MIN 200 BF IP MAX 1000
12PUSumkindofking (IRE)9132George, T RGeorge, Mr N100/1472.6730.00
always behind, lost touch 20th, tailed off when pulled up after 22nd BF IP MIN 450 BF IP MAX 1000
16URYanworth10145Bolger, EOKeeffe, Darragh18/129.245.00
led to 2nd, tracked leaders until blundered and unseated rider 19th BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Fact Of The Matter (IRE), Utility (GER)

Cross Country Chase Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOdds
Good To Soft16104/1
Good To Soft16814/1
Good To Firm16811/2
Good To Firm15913/2
Good To Soft16107/2
Good To Soft1694/1
Good To Soft16127/2
Good To Soft16124/1


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Cheltenham Festival Wednesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m abt ½fChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m abt ½fBumper

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