This is very much a specialists race with old favourites running here on multiple occasions. A New Story
ran in the race on six consecutive occasions and other frequent runners included Garde Champetre, Sizing Australia and Any Currency.
Perhaps the most famous previous winner is Spot Thedifference
who won the first running of the cross country, finished runner up in 2006 and finished fourth in 2007. Upon his retirement he had won on seven occasions over the cross country fences at Cheltenham!
Partial view of the Cross Country course at Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age/weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2017||Cause Of Causes||9-11-4||G Elliott||Mr JJ Codd||5/2F|
|2016||Josies Orders*||8-11-4||E Bolger||Miss N Carberry||15/8F|
|2015||Rivage DOr||10-10-10||A Martin||D Russell||16/1|
|2014||Balthazar King||10-11-12||P Hobbs||R Johnson||4/1|
|2013||Big Shu||8-10-5||P Maher||B Cash||14/1|
|2012||Balthazar King||8-10-9||P Hobbs||R Johnson||11/2|
|2011||Sizing Australia||9-10-9||H De Bromhead||A E Lynch||13/2|
|2010||A New Story||12-9-7||M Hourigan||AP Heskin||25/1|
|2009||Garde Champetre||10-11-12||E Bolger||Miss N Carberry||7/2|
|2008||Garde Champetre||9-10-13||E Bolger||Miss N Carberry||4/1|
*Martin Keighley's Any Currency was first past the post
in 2016 but was subsequently disqualified after a banned substance was detected in a post-race urine test.
Cross Country Chase Trends
|13 / 13||Did not run at a Flat track last time out, ran at an Undulating track|
|13 / 13||Had not recorded just one win at Cheltenham|
|13 / 13||Were aged no more than 4 years older than the youngest runner|
|13 / 13||Were aged between 8yo-12yo|
|13 / 13||Made their debut at no higher than Class 4 level|
|13 / 13||Did not run in a Class 1 race last time out|
|12 / 13||Were sent off no bigger than 16/1|
|12 / 13||Had previous ran on the going at least 4 times|
|12 / 13||Did not have a claimer in the saddle|
Cross Country Chase Trends Analysis
With the likes of top trainers Willie Mullins
and Philip Hobbs
now targeting this race we are seeing a different type of chaser take on the demands of this most unusual course and with the change in the race conditions we may now see even higher rated horses
going down the cross country route.
Cross Country Chase Trainer Statistics
Below is a table of how some of the top trainers have fared in the last ten years:
|Trainer||Runners||Wins||Places (Inc Wins)||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|A J Martin||5||1||1||12.00||6.00|
|Henry De Bromhead||5||1||2||2.50||1.19|
|W P Mullins||12||0||3||-12.00||-3.00|
has dominated this race with three winners in the last ten years and five wins overall. Bolger has had an amazing 31 runners in this race in the last decade!
Philip Hobbs is still the only English trainer to have won the Cross Country Chase
with his two victories with Balthazar King in 2012 and 2014 so the score in this race is currently Ireland 11 England 2!
The Cross Country tends not to be everyone's cup of tea and some high profile trainers tend to give this race a miss
. David Pipe, Jonjo ONeill and Alan King have had just one runner each in the last ten years whilst Nicky Henderson is yet to have a runner at all.
This hasn't been a good race for Paul Nicholls
with just one placed horse from ten runners since 2007.
Cross Country Tips From The OLBG Forum
We will be adding a tip for this race from the OLBG Forum when we get nearer to the Cheltenham Festival.
See the latest news on the Cross Country Chase here via the OLBG forum.
Next up on Day 2 will be the Fred Winter Hurdle
, another race that Trainer Paul Nicholls has done well in having found the winner in 2010,2015 and 2016. Check out the tips and race preview here.
We have now had thirteen Cross Country Chases at the Festival since its introduction in 2005. The race is run over a trip slightly further than three miles and six furlongs with thirty-two various obstacles to be negotiated and since 2016 has become a conditions event as opposed to a handicap from it's inception in 2005 until 2015.