Foxhunter Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 4)

  • Written by Simon Bettarini
The Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup is the richest and most prestigious hunter chase of the season. It is run on exactly the same course and distance of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The 2019 renewal was won by the 7/2 favourite Hazel Hill for trainer Philip Rowley, by four lengths over Shantou Flyer. Don't miss our Foxhunter Chase race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

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The Foxhunters Chase is always a popular contest with the Festival drawing to a close. It is the Gold Cup for amateur riders and older horses. An extreme test ran over the same course and distance as the Gold Cup -  three miles, two and a half furlongs - so that definitely tests out the horses jumping and stamina. The race is for chasers and the age limit on the race is five year old and above, and it usually attracts horses that are veterans.

Furthermore, the Foxhunters Chase is now the richest and most prestigious hunter chase of the season, worth a total of 40,000.

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

HAZEL HILL recorded a fine victory over Shantou Flyer in last year's renewal.  Philip Rowley’s charge comfortably won on his reappearance this winter, but was narrowly beaten by Minella Rocco at Wetherby last time out, when he his rival four pounds.

MINELLA ROCCO is a classy horse, a 2017 Gold Cup runner-up. built on a victory at Warwick with that two-length triumph over Hazel Hill at Wetherby. He has been reignited by the switch to this sphere, winning both of his starts so far - a four runner affair at Warwick before beating Hazel Hill at Wetherby few weeks ago.

SHANTOU FLYER ran a terrific race twelve months ago to finish second behind Hazel Hill. He scored comfortably on his first start for Loxton at Larkhilll in January and warmed up for this with a bloodless success by 23 lengths at Fakenham last month.

BILLAWAY needed three starts to get off the mark as he only scored at Naas last time out, winning a strong-looking contest in good style. That day, Willie Mullins eight-year-old beat Staker Wallace by eight lengths. Prior to that, he was second at Down Royal on Boxing Day behind Dylrow in a very competitive race which included Edwulf, Ucello Conti, Burning Ambition, Black Hercules and a few others.
STAKER WALLACE is extremely lightly raced but won his trial at Nenagh by eight lengths. Prior to that, he ran a hugely promising race to finish an eight-length second to Willie Mullins’ Cheltenham hope Billaway on only his second chase start at Naas in January. Derek O’Connor will take the ride, which is a huge positive as he has ridden the horse before.
CAID DU BERLAIS finished fifth in 2018 and ran no sort of race in this last year, but bounced back to win the Punchestown equivalent last May. This year he has  been impressive in his only outing so far this year at Newton Abbot.

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TOP WOOD is a 13-year-old veteran warrior that has some top class hunter chase form on his CV, finishing a cracking 3rd of 27 behind Hazel Hill in 2019 and then taking the Aintree equivalent in terrifically game style. Stephen Harris' charge finished a very good second to Militarian at Ascot in November.

DON POLI has not been seen under Rules since being pulled-up last May, but managed to win a couple of point-to-points since then. Anyway, he faced little in the way of competition in either race.

ALCALA was a faller on his first start in this sphere at Ludlow in January, but immediately returned to winning ways at Haydock the following month. He was forced to run twice in eight days in order to qualify for this race, finishing runner-up at Fontwell in the process.

LAW OF GOLD is unbeaten in his last 5 outings, including a hunter at Stratford on his sole try under Rules 9 months ago. He was last seen when winning in a point-to-point race over 3 miles (good) last month, beating Tullys Touch by 12 lenghts.

IT CAME TO PASS wond a couple of times last year but appears to have completely gone off the boil since. He pulled up when in a point-to-point race in January on his latest outing.

SOUTHFIELD THEATRE will need to jump a whole lot better than he did in last year's renewal. He won on his latest outing in a point-to-point race last month, beating An Scairp by 6 lenghts.

Other horses we should not overlook are DYLROW, KALABALOO, REWRITETHERULES and BISHOPS ROAD.

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

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  • Betfair Sportsbook BonusShantou Flyer  8/1Bet
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  • BetVictor Betting BonusAlcala  25/1Bet

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  • 7 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before the Cheltenham Festival
  • 7 of the last 15 winners have been priced at 14/1 or higher in the betting
  • 9 of the last 10 winners finished in the first three on their last run
  • 10 of the last 12 winners were aged 8 or older
  • 9 of the last 12 winners had a rating of 134 or higher
  • Ireland have won the race 6 out of the last 10 times.


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What time is the Foxhunter Chase?

The Foxhunters Chase is the fifth race run on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 13, 2020 and the official starting time is 4:10pm.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Foxhunter Chase?

There are 22 obstacles to jump for the Foxhunter Chase runners

What is the distance of the Foxhunter Chase?

The Foxhunters Chase is run on a distance of 3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs

What is the prize money for the Foxhunter Chase?

The total prize money on offer for the Foxhunters Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £45,000.

Who won the Foxhunter Chase last year?

Last year's renewal was won by Hazel Hill at SP of 7/2, trained by Philip Rowley and ridden by Alex Edwards.

What weights are carried for the Foxhunter Chase?

11 st 12 lb (5yo). 12 st 0 lb (6yo+), with a 7lb allowance for mares.

Who is the leading jockey in the Foxhunter Chase?

No jockey has won the Foxhunters Chase more than once in the past 10 years. Four of the last five runnings have been won by female jockeys.

Who is the leading trainer in the Foxhunter Chase?

Paul Nicholls has won two of the last three runnings. Irish trainer Enda Bolger has saddled two winners in the last 10 years. Nigel Twiston-Davies has saddled three runners; one won, one placed.
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