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When is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 2020?

Cheltenham Wednesday 11th 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.

Cross Country Chase Trends and Statistics

Here are Cheltenham Cross Country Chase 12 Year Trends and Statistics.

  • Age – Eleven of the last twelve winners have been aged between eight and ten
  • Starting Price – Nine of the last twelve winners returned at between 5/4 and 13/2 but only two of them started favourite. 
  • Last Run – Just four of the last twelve winners won on their last run before Cheltenham. Ten of the last twelve winners ran within the last 95 days
  • Course Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run at Cheltenham, seven of them had at least one previous win at Cheltenham. 
  • Distance Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run over 3m 6f, four of them had at least 1 win over 3m 6f. 
  • Hurdle Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least seven runs over hurdles and at least one win over hurdles
  • Chase Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least eleven previous chase runs, all 12 had at least 1 previous chase win
  • Official Rating – Ten of the last twelve winners had a rating of 135 or higher. 
  • Season Form – Nine of the last twelve winners had at least three runs in the current season, seven of them had at least one win in the current season.

Who are the Cross Country Chase Leading Contenders?

Currently the leading contenders for the 2020 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase are:

What’s Keith’s Cross Country Chase Tips for 2020?

Here is Keith’s tip for the 2020 Cross Country Chase.

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.

The classy French chaser EASYLAND, trained by former French champion jockey David Cottin, made it five cross-country wins on the bounce when scoring impressively at Cheltenham in December, and has since been purchased by JP McManus.

McManus likes to target this race, and his horses have won it six times, most recently with Cause Of Causes in 2017. It looks like he has another live contender.

 

My selection for the Cross Country Chase 2020 is: EASYLAND 100/30 (NRNB)

As this article is written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Ladies Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 2. 

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What was Keith’s Cross Country Chase Tip for 2019?

For the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, Free Racing Tips Tipster Keith got the first and second horses….sadly the wrong way around!

TIGER ROLL, who won this last year before going on to win the Grand National is expected to defend his crown, and is the ante-post favourite.

My preference though is JOSIES ORDERS a regular in races of this type, he won the 2016 renewal and has in total clocked up 4 wins in 7 runs over these fences.

My Selection: JOSIES ORDERS 10/1 each way 

Result: 1st TIGER ROLL, 2ND JOSIES ORDERS

 

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Cross Country Chase Previous Winners

  • 2008 Garde Champetre 9 10–13 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
  • 2009 Garde Champetre 10 11–12 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
  • 2010 A New Story 12 09-07 Adrian Heskin Michael Hourigan
  • 2011 Sizing Australia 9 10-09 Andrew Lynch Henry De Bromhead
  • 2012 Balthazar King 8 10-09 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
  • 2013 Big Shu 8 10-05 Barry Cash Peter Maher
  • 2014 Balthazar King 10 11–12 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
  • 2015 Rivage d’Or 10 10-10 Davy Russell Tony Martin
  • 2016 Josies Orders 8 11-04 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
  • 2017 Cause of Causes 9 11-04 Jamie Codd Gordon Elliott
  • 2018 Tiger Roll 8 11-04 Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott
  • 2019 Tiger Roll 9 11-04 Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott

As these articles are written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Ladies Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 2. 

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Over the years, Keith has been a regular at the northern tracks attending countless race meetings and building up a network of contacts, and a portfolio of systems and strategies. 

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