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Cross Country Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 2)

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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 7/1 shot Tiger Roll won last year's edition before following up in the National. This article contains our 2019 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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2019 CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS AND PREDICTIONS


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CROSS COUNTRY CHASE BETTING PREVIEW 

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.

TIGER ROLL, the 2018 winner of this race and three-time festival winner , went on to land the Aintree Grand National in a brilliant season last term. His last run here at the track back in November when he was a fair 4th under a big weight. He returned to run a huge race at this track in December when carrying a welter burden in a handicap over these fences.

AUVERGNAT finished fourth behind Tiger Roll in 2018 but showed he was in terrific form at Leopardstown last time out. He won the Paddy Power Chase by 6 ½ lengths wearing first time blinkers.

JOSIES ORDERS has four wins and two places from seven runs over this course and distance including a victory in the Cross Country Handicap here at Cheltenham in November. His sole flop came in this race last season.

ULTRAGOLD has won twice over the National obstacles in the Topham at Aintree. He has something to prove in the stamina department, having failed to win any of his six runs over 24 furlongs or further.

URGENT DE GREGAINE, runner-up last year, has only been seen once so far this season, pulling up in the Prix Montgomery Handicap at Auteuil in October.

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FACT OF THE MATTER finished second to Josies Orders in the November Cross Country Handicap before going one better at the International Meeting. He may have a few pounds to find on the official figures.

TEA FOR TWO has been woefully out of form since winning the Aintree Bowl in 2017 and former Ryanair winner.

BALLYCASEY delivered an encouraging performance on his first start in a Cross Country race back here in December and could challenge for the places while VYTA DU ROC travels to the Festival on the back of two poor results this term.

BLESS THE WINGS and KINGSWELL THEATRE are both Course and Distance winners and still run with plenty of credit despit their poor run of form.

Dark horses?

JAROB, AUBUSSON and AMAZING COMEDY could be smart long-shot options.

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CROSS COUNTRY CHASE TRENDS 

  • 17 of the last 21 winners came from the top three in the betting
  • 11 of the last 14 winners were sent off no bigger than 7/1
  • 8 of the last 11 winners had been placed previously over the cross-country course at Cheltenham. Tiger Roll was an exception last year
  • The Irish have won 12 of the last 14 runnings
  • 11 or the last 14 winners were aged 10 or younger
  • 8 of the last 13 winners carried 10-13 or less
  • None of the last 7 winners ran in the previous year’s race

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CROSS COUNTRY CHASE PREDICTIONS 

The following section contains our free betting tips on the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 2019. 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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