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Foxhunter Chase tipsWhen is the Foxhunter Chase 2021?

Cheltenham Friday 18th 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.


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St James Place Foxhunter Chase Records

Fastest Win: CAVALERO 2000 ridden by A Charles-Jones trained by JH Manners finished in 396.6s – 6minutes 36.6 seconds

Most successful horse since 1946 (2 wins):

  • The Callant – 1956, 1957
  • Whinstone Hill – 1958, 1960
  • College Master – 1961, 1962
  • Double Silk – 1993, 1994
  • Fantus – 1995, 1997
  • Earthmover – 1998, 2004
  • Salsify – 2012, 2013
  • On The Fringe – 2015, 2016
  • Pacha du Polder – 2017, 2018

Leading jockey since 1946 (3 wins):

  • Colman Sweeney – Sleeping Night (2005), Salsify (2012, 2013),

Leading trainer since 1946 (4 wins):

  • Richard Barber – Rushing Wild (1992), Fantus (1995, 1997), Earthmover (1998)
  • Paul Nicholls – Earthmover (2004), Sleeping Night (2005), Pacha du Polder (2017, 2018)

Source: Wikipedia

Foxhunter Chase Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age10 of the last 12 winners were aged between 8 and 11
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings. Of the 10 mares that ran in the race in the last 12 years 9 were unplaced..
  • Trainer – Roger Sweeney, Paul Nicholls and Enda Bolger have all won this race twice in the last 12 years.
  • Horse – Only 2 horses have won more than once in the last 12 years. 
  • Country – 9 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland and 3 in France.
  • Colour – 11 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – Geldings carry 12st and mares 11st 7lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 8 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 15/2 or less. 
  • Starting Price Rank – 3 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 8 were in the first 4 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 11 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear
  • Days Since Last Run – 9 of the last 12 winners had run between 16 and 45 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –6 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, 9 finished in the first 3.
  • Official Rating – 9 of the last 12 winners had an official rating of at least 134.

Who are the Foxhunter Chase Leading Contenders?

All we have to go off at present is a list of possible entries.

BILLAWAY has been intalled antepost favourite, IT CAME TO PASS, STALKER WALLACE and RED INDIAN are also prominent in some of the betting markets.

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

One that doesn't appear on many bookmakers list is SAMETEGAL who is a formerly useful chaser and won a Hunter chase lastr time, I suspect Paul Nicholls will send him here.

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What was Keith’s Foxhunter Chase Tip for 2019?

Here is what Keith wrote about 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).

On the day, CAID DU BELAIS pulled up in the Foxhunters.

St. Jamess Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Chase Results

St. Jamess Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters Chase
Distance: 3m2½f (5790 yards +75 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £26685 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 24    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 50.75s   Avg OR: 127     Median OR: 132.5

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
111stHazel Hill (IRE)11139Rowley, PhillipEdwards, Alex7/2 (Fav)4.902.33
held up in touch, tracked leaders after 5 out, ridden into 2nd approaching 2 out, led before last, clear when when slightly hampered by loose horse flat, driven out, kept on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 5.2
172nd4Shantou Flyer (IRE)9145Hobson, RichardMaxwell, David7/19.003.07
always prominent, driven to chase front pair turning in, ridden and one pace after 2 out, went 2nd and kept on under pressure flat, not reach winner BF IP MIN 3.05 BF IP MAX 1000
233rd7Top Wood (FR)12137Morgan, Miss KellyWorsley, Tabitha33/190.0011.70
tracked leaders, went 2nd at 14th (water), effort before 2 out, ridden and unable to quicken between last 2, 4th and held last, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish BF IP MIN 2.6 BF IP MAX 1000
154th4.5Road To Rome (IRE)9139OShea, J JWaley-Cohen, Mr S7/19.203.44
led, driven before 2 out, ridden between last 2, headed before last, soon no extra, lost 2nd flat, weakened into 4th closing stages BF IP MIN 2.08 BF IP MAX 1000
245th8Ucello Conti (FR)11147Elliott, GordonCodd, Mr J J4/15.612.64
mid-division, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never threatened leaders BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
206th2.5Stand Up And Fight (IRE)7139Bolger, EOConnor, Derek13/27.673.65
towards rear, mistake 10th, some headway under pressure after 4 out, plugged on same pace from next, never pace to get involved BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
87th14Dont Do Mondays (IRE)12114Lawson, Mrs LibbyWedmore, Mr O100/1445.0543.82
chased leaders to before 5 out, soon beaten BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
28th5Asockastar (IRE)11113Bourne, DanielONeill, Mr B66/1267.4130.00
tracked leader to 10th, chased leaders, outpaced in 5th 4 out, weakened after next BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 1000
199th3Southfield Theatre (IRE)11134Bradstock, Mrs Sara VBradstock, Miss L40/194.1715.54
prominent, tracked leader 10th to 14th, chased leaders, struggling 5 out, weakening when hit 3 out BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
3PUBalnaslow (IRE)12131McKeever, Graham JohnMullins, Mr P W50/1116.5819.50
always behind, struggling 12th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out BF IP MIN 90 BF IP MAX 1000
4PUCaid Du Berlais (FR)10134Loxton, Mrs RoseBiddick, Mr W7/19.113.58
towards rear of mid-division, struggling 13th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 270
21PUSybarite (FR)13105Collins, Miss VPinchin, Miss L M100/1500.4639.73
always behind, lost touch 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 16th BF IP MIN 320 BF IP MAX 1000
5PUChosen Dream (IRE)11123McKeever, Graham JohnOHare, Mr M J66/1241.1425.31
held up, always behind, blundered 14th (water), weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next BF IP MIN 180 BF IP MAX 960
6PUCoastal Tiep (FR)7134Crawford, S R BCrawford,Mr B G66/190.3217.50
mid-division, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 390
7PUCousin Pete11134Brown, Mrs ElizabethPhillips, Mr N22/131.866.60
mid-division, hit 10th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next BF IP MIN 25 BF IP MAX 990
9PUDouble Whammy13127Jardine, IHamilton, Mr T66/1214.4923.00
always behind, struggling 13th, tailed off when pulled up before 15th BF IP MIN 140 BF IP MAX 1000
10PUHaymount (IRE)10142Ellis, TAndrews, Gina20/134.339.00
chased leaders on outside, lost place and reminders after 12th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 15th BF IP MIN 28 BF IP MAX 1000
12PUJust Cause (IRE)9104Owen, J PAndrews, Jack100/1719.7659.10
chased leaders to 5 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 3 out BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000
13PUOne Conemara (IRE)11100Coward, Mrs C ADawson, Mr John100/1647.1457.11
mid-division, mistake 5th, weakened 14th (water), behind when pulled up before next BF IP MIN 310 BF IP MAX 980
14PUPacha Du Polder (FR)12138Nicholls, P FTucker, Miss H C16/125.006.17
never better than mid-division, behind from 7th, struggling 13th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 1000
16PUSamanntom (IRE)11126Doyle, P M JDoyle, Miss S M100/1449.2854.99
slowly away, always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 200 BF IP MAX 1000
22URTimewaitsfornoone (IRE)7113Fleming, ADeegan, R40/169.9414.00
towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 1st BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 1000
1URArdkilly Witness (IRE)13115Smith, Miss K LThirlby, Mr W100/1905.8990.95
mid-division, struggling 14th (water), behind when went right and unseated rider next BF IP MIN 660 BF IP MAX 1000
18URSome Are Lucky (IRE)8122Curling, SSpain, Mr G A66/1375.6830.17
towards rear of mid-division, blundered and unseated rider 11th BF IP MIN 250 BF IP MAX 1000
Foxhunter Chase Previous Winners
DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOdds
Good To Soft211066/1
Good To Soft24117/2
Good To Soft24109/2
Good To Soft24711/2
Good To Soft23933/1
Good To Soft24920/1
Good To Firm241116/1
Good To Soft2479/2


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Race Schedule

13:30The JCB Triumph Hurdle2m abt 1fHurdle
14:10The County Handicap Hurdle Race2m abt 1fHurdle
14:50The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Raceabt 3mHurdle
15:30The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt 2½ fChase
16:10The St. James’s Foxhunter Chase3m abt 2½ fChase
16:50The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase2m abt ½fChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m abt 4½ fHurdle

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