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When is the Foxhunter Chase 2020?

Cheltenham Friday 13th March 4.10pm

St. James’s Place Foxhunter Chase (Hunter Chase) (5yo+)

Distance: 3 miles 2 furlongs

Weights:  11st 12lbs (5yo), 12st (6yo+), 7lb allowance for mares

In the wake of the Gold Cup the excitement continues with the fifth race of the day – The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, a Hunter Chase for amateur riders over the Gold Cup distance of three miles two and a half furlongs, they again have to jump 22 fences.

To qualify for the race,  a horse must have finished first or second twice in hunter chases, or have won two open point to point races, or have won one point to point race and finished first or second in a hunter chase.

Many of the older runners however, will have contested handicap chases under national hunt rules in their early careers. As with the other amateur races on the Cheltenham card,  it pays to stick to jockeys who know how to ride this course.

 

Foxhunter Chase Trends and Statistics

Here are the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Chase 12 Year Trends and Statistics:

  • Age – Ten of the last twelve winners were aged eight or over.
  • Starting Price – Four of the last twelve winners returned a price between 16/1 and 33/1 while the other eight were 15/2 or less so the betting market isn’t the greatest of guides.
  • Last Run – Nine of the last twelve made the frame on their last run before Cheltenham, seven of them won, ten of the last twelve winners ran within the last 57 days.
  • Course Form – Eight of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run at Cheltenham, three of them had at won at Cheltenham.
  • Distance Form – Seven of the last twelve winners had at least onr previous run over 3m 2f  to 3 m 3f, three of them had won over the trip.
  • Chase Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least six previous chase runs, eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one previous chase win.
  • Official Rating – Nine of the last twelve winners had a rating of 134 or higher.
  • Season Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run that season, seven of them had at least onr previous win that season.

Who are the Foxhunter Chase Leading Contenders?

The leading contenders for the 2020 St James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase are:

  • HAZEL HILL
  • MINELLA ROCCO
  • BILLAWAY
  • SHANTOU FLYER
  • CAID DU BERLAIS

What’s Keith’s Foxhunter Chase Tips for 2020?

Here is Keith’s tip for the 2020 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup.

Previous Cheltenham form is a major advantage in many of the Festival races. Well, the Foxhunter is no exception and it is always worth studying the form book of the contenders.

One that is jumping off the page is the dual Punchestown Champion Chaser CAID DU BERLAIS, who has the required experience, and despite pulling up in this last year, he is a major force in the Point To Point and Hunter Chase world. He was sixth here in 2018, just 3¾ lengths behind the winner.

CAID DU BERLAIS is expected to be partnered by his regular jockey, the seven times Point To Point Champion William Biddick.

My selection for the Foxhunters Chase 2020 is: CAID DU BERLAIS 10/1 each way (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 Cheltenham Gold Cup 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 4. 

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What was Keith’s Foxhunter Chase Tip for 2019?

Last year for the 2019 Foxhunter Chase, Free Racing Tips Tipster Keith advised:

The betting market for this race revolves around Enda Bolger’s STAND UP AND FIGHT but I think his other runner GILGAMBOA is a better prospect for the win, he was 4th in the 2016 Grand National and was cleaning up in Hunter Chases at the beginning of last year.

Paul Nicholls saddles PACHER DU POLDER who has won this for the last two years and Gordon Elliott has a live prospect with UCELLO CONTI.

My selection for is GILGAMBOA 8/1 each way.

 Result: GILGAMBOA was a Non Runner.

On raceday Keith advised ROAD TO ROME (8/1 each way) – ROAD TO ROME finished 4th of 24 some 15 lengths behind the winner HAZEL HILL, while offically a loser some bookmakers paid out on fourth for this race.

 

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Foxhunter Chase Previous Winners

  • 2008 Amicelli 9 Oliver Greenall Cherry Coward
  • 2009 Cappa Bleu 7 Richard Burton Sheila Crow
  • 2010 Baby Run 10 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • 2011 Zemsky 8 Derek O’Connor Ian Ferguson
  • 2012 Salsify 7 Colman Sweeney Roger Sweeney
  • 2013 Salsify 8 Colman Sweeney Roger Sweeney
  • 2014 Tammys Hill 9 James Smyth Liam Lennon
  • 2015 On The Fringe 10 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
  • 2016 On The Fringe 11 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
  • 2017 Pacha Du Polder 10 Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls
  • 2018 Pacha Du Polder 11 Harriet Tucker Paul Nicholls
  • 2019 Hazel Hill 11 Alex Edwards Philip Rowley

As these articles are written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Cheltenham Gold Cup 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 4. 

To get Keith’s very latest, up-to-date thoughts on the Day 4 card, and his final Day 4 tips, simply register as a FREE FRT member here, and Keith will email you the full Day 4 tips on the morning of Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.

Who is FRT’s Cheltenham Day 4 Tipster?

Keith Bond is our resident pro tipster here at FRT Towers. Keith lives and breathes horse racing, having begun his love of horse racing over 40 years ago with a part time job at Catterick Racecourse, as one of three fourteen year-olds looking after two jumps and a hurdle.

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. 

He was one of the co-founders of Free Racing Tips all the way back in 2008, and his free tips are now backed by more than seventy thousand FRT members every single day.

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