A chase run over the Gold Cup distance of three miles two and a half furlongs, restricted to amateur riders only and horses who normally run in point to points and hunter chase races. Many of the older runners will have contested handicap chases under national hunt rules in their early days.
Foxhunters Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2017||Pacha Du Polder||10yo||P Nicholls||Miss B Frost||16/1|
|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|
Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase Trends
|16 / 16||Was sent off no bigger than 33/1|
|16 / 16||Did not run in a Class 4 last time out|
|16 / 16||Had made no more than 4 starts that season|
|15 / 16||Had recorded no more than 9 career wins but not 2|
|15 / 16||Were aged no more than 11yo|
|15 / 16||Had not recorded more than 4 wins going left handed|
|14 / 16||Had ran within the last 41 days under rules or was making debut|
|14 / 16||Had previously made at least 5 starts under rules|
|14 / 15||Were either Irish or French bred runners|
Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase Trends Analysis
Hunter 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.
In addition to the trends listed 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.
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.
Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase Trainer Statistics
Below is a table of how some of the other top trainers have fared in the last ten years:
|Trainer||Runners||Wins||Places (Inc Wins)||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|Mrs C A Coward||4||1||1||30.00||16.80|
|Mrs Sheila Crow||4||1||1||2.50||0.30|
|I R Ferguson||2||1||1||32.00||18.80|
won the Foxhunters in 2004 and 2005, his next nine runners in the race all failed to make the frame until 2017 where he saddled the winner and runner up Wonderful Charm.
is renowned for his skill with training cross country horses and he has displayed that prowess in this sphere by guiding On The Fringe to consecutive wins in the big hunter chases at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown.
Foxhunter Chase 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 Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase here via the forum.
The next race on Day 4 is the Conditionals Hurdle. Check out the tips and race preview here.