Cross Country Chase betting tips, predictions, odds and free bets (DAY 2 - March 14, 2018)

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The Cross Country Chase is the first major cross country chase of the Cheltenham Festival. The race challenges entries to cover a distance of 3 miles 7 furlongs and it is run over a special man made course which involves ditches, banks, rails and even a Grand National type fence. The 2017 race was won by 4/1 shot Cause of Causes trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Jamie Codd. This article contains our 2017 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase race preview, with free predictions, free bets, no deposit bonuses, odds, recent trends and special promotions.


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The Glenfarcas Cross Country Handicap Chase is really popular race amongst punters since being introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005. It is a great spectacle, very different to the other races at the festival. The contest is a Cross Country chase covering three miles and seven furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards, with a prize purse of £45,000. The race is a stamina test for the horses and also a mental test, with many different types of fences to jump. 

This is also a test for jockeys, who have to be aware and know the route they have to take.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

CAUSE OF CAUSES powered away to win the Cross Country by 9 lengths 12 months ago and followed that up with a second in the Aintree Grand National. Prior to that, he won the 2015 National Hunt Chase and the 2016 Kim Muir Handicap Chase. Yet to be seen so far this season.

The 2016 winner JOSIE'S ORDERS is three from four in total over this course and distance. He was awarded this race two years ago after the winner on the day Any Currency failed a urine test and was disqualified. He howed his well being by finishing second at Punchestown in February.

Last year’s National Hunt Chase winner, now twice a winner at the Cheltenham Festival, TIGER ROLL disappointed behind Josies Order here in December

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BLESS THE WINGS recorded a deserved success over course and distance in December beating Cantlow in good style. Prior to that he was pulled up twice at the start of this season.

CANTLOW was beaten ten lengths last year back in third but has won here before and finished placed on a couple of occasions.

Kim Bailey has entered the classy THE LAST SAMURI, who finished second in the 2016 Grand National. This horse was an impressive winner of the Grimthorpe in 2016 and recorded a creditable effort in defeat at Cheltenham on late January It will be hard to ignore him.

The Emmanuel Clayeux-trained 10-year-old URGENT DE GREGAINE will make his first appearance at the Festival, but connections are very confident about his chances after a  third-place finish in a handicap over the banks course at Cheltenham in November.

AUVERGNAT was a good 4th in this race last year but has failed to complete on his two other appearances here. He saw off Josies Orders by a short-head when contesting a 3m banks race at Punchestown a month ago and should appreciate the forecast going.

VICOMTE DU SEUIL was a fairly useful hurdler/chaser in France. Ran well from out of the weights on second start in UK when second to Kingswell Theatre in a C&D contest at Prestbury Park in November.

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The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • Only 1 outright favourite has won, and 1 joint favourite in the 13 renewals so far
  • 16 of the last 20 winners came from the top three in the betting
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had been placed previously at Cheltenham
  • None of the last 6 winners ran in the previous year’s race.
  • The Irish have won 11 of the last 13 runnings
  • Only 3 horses younger than nine have won this race
  • Enda Bolger has trained 5 of the 13 winners

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The following section contains our free betting tips on the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 2018. Feel free to copy our Cheltenham Festival pick and get the best available odds on the most recommended bookmakers by clicking the 'Bet' button!

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