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Foxhunter Steeple Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 4)

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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. Last year Pacha Du Polder produced another fine Festival performance, as the Paul Nicholls-trained raider retained the Foxhunters' Chase crown in tremendous fashion. Don't miss our Foxhunter Steeple Chase race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2019 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.

STAND UP AND FIGHT has been impressive since the switch to hunter chases, winning on two of his three starts. He suffered a surprise defeat at 2/5 in a point at the end of January which isn’t an ideal preparation for this contest.

UCELLO CONTI has taken to the switch to chasing well, winning all three of his appearances this term. He comes here in terrific heart after winning a Point to Point and a competitive Thurles hunter chase in January.

HAZEL HILL really impressed when routing a warm field at Warwick in January on his first run for 321 days, driven clear turning for home to beat Mr Mix by 11 lengths. Philip Rowley charge will be looking to extend a 15-race winning streak when he makes his Festival debut.

ROAD TO ROME has enjoyed a faultless campaign to date. O’Shea’s nine-year-old is unbeaten in eight starts, the final four of which have come in good quality hunter chases, including a superb 30-length triumph at Haydock last month. He travels well in his races from the front and if he can get away with those tactics in this stronger race he could be a danger to all.

SHANTOU FLYER, runner-up in last year’s Ultima handicap, is relatively young compared to his rivals and still in the prime of his career. With plenty of Cheltenham form (two wins and three runners-up), he could be a smart selection.

CAID DU BERLAIS romped to victory at Punchestown last year, after finishing fifth here at Cheltenham and could be a contender on his first start since.

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PACHA DU POLDER is a 12yo now and is lightly raced these days. He was a very lack lustre 5th the other day at Haydock and was beaten at Doncaster in 2018 so even if he is turned over on his return, that shouldn’t be too much of a concern for those looking to back him.

HAYMOUNT was only 3 ¾ lengths behind Tiger Roll in the National Hunt Cup a couple of years ago here. He won by 3 lengths on his point to point debut at Sheriff Hutton in January and still has plenty of ability in this type of company.

TOP WOOD was a narrow second in the 2018 Foxhunters but he has not been seen since a moody display 10 months ago when he was pulled up in April.

Former Ryanair runner-up SOUTHFIELD THEATRE has some excellent old form at this track and, although he was more miss than hit for Paul Nicholls last season, he's won a couple of points subsequently.

TIMEWAITSFORNOONE finished a long way behind Caid Du Berlais when last in action in April, this is a tough task on his return.

COASTAL TIEP who was successful twice in points in 2018 and looked as good as ever when second to Ucello Conti at Navan last time.

Fifth and seventh in the last two editions of this race, BALNASLOW was below his best in a point recently while JUST CAUSE - runner-up in a steadily-run novice hunter at Leicester a month ago - and SOME ARE LUCKY - winner of 4 of his last 5 starts in points - could run well at bigger odds.

COUSIN PETE has to be respected in this sort of company, as well as CHOSEN DREAM, ASOCKASTAR and JUST CAUSE.

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  • 7 of the last 10 winners returned 15/2 or shorter
  • 24 of the last 33 winners won last time out
  • 15 of the last 20 winners finished inside the first three last time out
  • 18 of the past 20 winners had previously won over at least 3m
  • Irish runners have won 6 of last 8 renewals
  • 9 of the last 12 winners had a rating of 134 or higher
  • 10 of the last 12 winners were aged 8 or older
  • 8 of the past 10 winners had won at least two races under rules


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