Foxhunter Chase Preview
Cheltenham Foxhunter Trends
|15/15||had run no more than 4 times that season|
|14/15||had previous run under Rules over at least 3m1f and won over at least 2m7f|
|14/15||had won over fences under Rules within their last 3 starts|
|14/15||were aged between 6yo & 11yo|
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Foxhunters Last Ten WinnersTable below shows the last ten winners of the race.
|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|
|Trainer||Number of runners||Wins||Other Placed Horses||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|N Twiston Davies||4||1||1||1.50||1.60|
Paul Nicholls won the Foxhunters in 2004 and 2005 but since then his nine runners have all failed to make the frame.
Enda Bolger is renowned for his skill with cross country horses but he has showed all of his skill in this sphere by guiding On The Fringe to consecutive wins in the big hunter chases at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown.
Jonjo O'Neill and Nigel Twiston-Davies have both won the Foxhunters in the last ten years but punters may be better advised looking closely at some of the smaller stables who are represented here such as Sheila Crow and Colin McBratney.
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.
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.
Foxhunter Chase Tips from The OLBG ForumOLBG member pokerslut feels that a more confident partner could be the making of Pacha Du Polder:
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I'm a big On The Fringe fan and he's made me plenty dosh over the years however I have little doubt that if Pacha du Polder was rode more aggressively to win the race last year and not just to get round, he would have won. He flew up the hill in eye-catching fashion.
I also believe that On the Fringe wouldn't have got up if anyone other than Nina was on and she won't be there this year.
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