The Hunters 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. Will Biddick's Porlock Bay narrowly edged out the Willie Mullins-trained Billaway in a thrilling renewal last year, at odds of 16/1. Don't miss our Hunters Chase race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2022 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 take a closer look at this year's Foxhunter Steeple Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
BILLAWAY has finished second in the last two Hunter Chases, losing out to It Came To Pass in 2020 and Porlock Bay 12 months ago. Willie Mullins' trained charge was beaten by Winged Leader, who is current 2nd favourite, on his seasonal return. He is a strong traveler who usually jumps soundly
WINGED LEADER has had 14 starts in Hunter Chases and won five and was second in six of them. He made it five consecutive wins by comfortably defeating Billaway at Thurles in January.
BOB AND CO would have gone close last year before he unseated at 3 out. He was travelling very strongly but he made two or three mistakes before he came down. Bob and co then won the big hunter chase at Punchestown, edging out BillawayHe is very talented but he’s not an easy ride and not the most fluent of jumpers.
PONT AVEN has done little wrong since joining James Owen. He was an early faller in a point-to-point on New Years’ Eve but then went on to bolt up at Higham two weeks later, before recording an easy win in a Hunters’ Chase at Ludlow
DUBAI QUEST recorded a point win over Christmas and he then won at Wetherby last time.
VAUCELET won his first three hunter chase starts and easily won a point, after joining David Christie. He was only third in the Down Royal hunter chase at Christmas when the 11/10 favourite. Prior to that, he won the Champion Novices Hunter Chase at Stratford, beating PREMIER MAGIC that day.
FUMET D’OUDAIRIES has gone from strength to strength, winning five of his first six starts since joining Ellis’s stable. He has registered two easy wins in standard point-to-points this season. He has a remarkable turn of foot and is a proven stayer.
IT CAME TO PASS is now an 11-year-old but is lightly raced overall. He has been a little frustrating this season as his performances were all below par. Anyway, this horse is a specialist of the famed Foxhunters Trophy after he won the 2020 renewal and finished seventh last March under Richie McLernon.
Joe O’Shea’s COUSIN PASCAL won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last year. He followed that up with a 66/1 shock win in the Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase at the Aintree Festival a month later.
LORD SCHITZEL, MONBEG CHIT CHAT, DESIRE DE JOIE, and MIGHTY STOWAWAY can't be ruled out, at least for a place in the top 3.
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Hunters Chase Trends
- Just 6 of the last 24 favourites won (4 of the last 12)
- 6 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before the Hunters Chase
- 5 of the last 7 winners have been ridden by female jockeys.
- 9 of the last 10 winners gad won at least four times over fences, including in point-to-points
- The last 7 winners have been aged 10 or 11
- British-bred horses are 0-84 since 2003
- 9 of the last 10 winners were rated 134+
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2022 Hunters Chase FAQs
What time is the Hunters Chase?
The Foxhunters Chase is the fifth race run on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 18, 2022 and the official starting time is 4:10pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Hunters Chase?
There are 22 obstacles to jump for the Hunters Chase runners
What is the distance of the Hunters 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 Hunters Chase?
The total prize money on offer for the Foxhunters Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £45,000.
Who won the Hunters Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Porlock Bay at SP of 16/1, trained by Will Biddick and ridden by Lorcan Williams.
What weights are carried for the Hunters Chase?
11 st 12 lb (5yo). 12 st 0 lb (6yo+), with a 7lb allowance for mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Hunters Chase?
No jockey has won the Foxhunters Chase more than once in the past 10 years. Female jockeys (mainly based in Ireland) have dominated this race in the last decade.
Who is the leading trainer in the Hunters Chase?
Paul Nicholls’ has four wins in this race, most recently in 2018. Irish trainer Enda Bolger has saddled two winners and two placed finishers from 10 runners in the last 11 years.