Foxhunter Chase PreviewA chase is for amateur riders only and horses who normally run in point to points and hunter chase races. The race is run over 3m 2 and a half furlongs.
Cheltenham Foxhunter Trends
|10/10||won over at least three miles|
|9/10||had previously won under Rules|
|8/10||were aged between 8 & 10|
|7/10||finished in the first 3 on their last completed start|
|7/10||had their last run in February|
|6/10||had won a race since November 1st|
Some punters will pass over the trends as they often comment that many of the horses entered meet many of the trends. The age trend though seems significant this year in the Foxhunters. As Davidann pointed out on the OLBG forum
" 41 entered in the Foxhunters of which 30 are 10 years or older. "
Foxhunter Chase AnalysisIn addition to the above, last time out winners have an excellent record in this race
The value of having a quality amateur pilot on your side can also not be underestimated. A glance at the last ten winners table will show some of the most accomplished long term amateurs or young riders who have gone on to turn professional.
Even if you are not familiar with the jockeys involved make sure you have a scan of their riding statistics to check your mount's pilot won't let you down.
Foxhunters Last Ten WinnersTable below shows the last ten winners of the race.
|2016||On The Fringe||11yo||E Bolger||Ms N Carberry||13/8F|
|2015||On The Fringe||10yo||E Bolger||Ms N Carberry||6/1|
|2014||Tammy's Hill||9yo||L Lennon||Mr JJ Smyth||15/2|
|2013||Salisfy||8yo||R Sweeney||Mr CJ Sweeney||2/1F|
|2012||Salisfy||7yo||R Sweeney||Mr CJ Sweeney||7/1|
|2011||Zemsky||8yo||IR Ferguson||Mr D OConnor||33/1||2010||Baby Run||10yo||N Twiston-Davies||Mr S Twiston-Davies||9/2JF|
|2009||Cappa Bleu||6yo||Mrs E Crow||Mr R Burton||11/2|
|2008||Amicelli||9yo||Mrs C Coward||Mr O Greenall||33/1|
|2007||Drombeag||9yo||JJ ONeill||Mr JT McNamara||20/1|
|2006||Whyso Mayo||9yo||R Hurley||Mr D Murphy||20/1|
Foxhunter Chase PreviewHunter Chases are not everyone's cup of tea but for those that make the effort to get their head round the point to point and hunter chase form they could be on to a decent priced winner.
This is one of the few races at the Festival where the bookies' knowledge of the runners could be patchy and if you have done your homework you could have a distinct advantage.
It's usually best in this race to stick to an up and coming horse rather than be tempted by an ex-handicapper who is having a last hurrah in hunter chasing.
These old favourites very rarely maintain a level of form high enough to win a race like this - a point emphasised by the likes of Juveigneur, Kingscliff, Barber Shop, Cloudy Lane, Gallant Nuit and Berties Dream all struggled badly in the recent renewals.
One old favourite running this year is Join Together. He doesn't meet the age trends highlighted above but worth noting that he is trained by Rose Loxton who is Paul Nicholls assistant head girl. Another entered under her name is Current Event. Many punters wont know the connection so it is possible these could be available at much bigger odds than if they were running under Paul Nicholls name.