Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

Date Time Class Distance
Wed 17th March 2021 16:10 Grade 1 3m 7f


Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Heaven Help Us R J Condon Paul Hennessy
2nd 9 Craigneiche Tom Cannon N J Henderson
3rd 2.25 Tea Clipper J J Burke Tom Lacey
4th nk Sayo B J Cooper W P Mullins
5th shd Janika James Bowen N J Henderson
6th 1 Birchdale Nico de Boinville N J Henderson
7th nk Guard Your Dreams Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies
8th 0.5 Dans Le Vent Isabel Williams Evan Williams
9th 0.5 Palmers Hill Jonjo O'Neill Jr. Jonjo O'Neill
10th hd Burbank Charlotte Jones James Moffatt
11th 0.5 Monte Cristo D A Jacob N J Henderson
12th 0.5 Grand Roi J W Kennedy Mrs D Foster
13th 1.25 Garo De Juilley Felix de Giles Mrs S Leech
14th nk Thomas Darby Aidan Coleman Olly Murphy
15th 2.25 Saint Sonnet H Cobden P F Nicholls
16th 0.5 Koshari P Townend W P Mullins
17th 6 Nelson River Harry Bannister A W Carroll
18th 0.75 Shakem Up'arry David Bass Ben Pauling
19th 2.5 Shang Tang Thomas Bellamy Miss E C Lavelle
20th 1.25 Dysart Diamond D E Mullins W P Mullins
21th 6 Witness Protection James Best M Keighley
22th 1.5 Boreham Bill Ben Jones Miss E C Lavelle
23th 18 Sneaky Getaway B Hayes Emmet Mullins
- - Blue Sari M P Walsh W P Mullins    
- - Botox Has Joshua Moore G L Moore    
- - Our Power G Sheehan N A Twiston-Davies    
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About the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase is the second longest race run at the Cheltenham Festival, and the longest run over the cross country course. Originally a handicap it has been bumped up to Conditions status. The race covers a distance of 3 miles 7 furlongs, with 32 obstacles encountered during the course of the race.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase is a tough enough test that it tends to attract horses who’re likely to compete in the Grand National later in the season. The arduous course tends to favour older horses with more experience and staying power. Surprisingly for a race that was a handicap for much of its history, the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase has produced two double winners.

Betting on the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase isn’t any old handicap, and a fairly specialized skillset is required to come out on top of this course and race. Falling towards the end of the day it also attracts less money from the general public than higher rated races earlier on the card.

In practice this means betting markets do a fairly job of picking out genuine contenders, if you want to take your direction from the odds. If not, you’re going to need to look out for older horses (8 or above) who ideally have some experience over cross country tracks, who’re also running within range of their handicap. Bet for the places and you’re in with a solid chance of a return.

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Past Winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2020 Easyland 6 11-4 Jonathan Plouganou David Cottin
2019 Tiger Roll 9 11-04 Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott
2018 Tiger Roll 8 11-04 Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott
2017 Cause of Causes 9 11-04 Jamie Codd Gordon Elliott
2016 Josies Orders 8 11-04 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
2015 Rivage d'Or 10 10-10 Davy Russell Tony Martin

More past winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2015 Rivage d'Or 10 10-10 Davy Russell Tony Martin
2014 Balthazar King 10 11-12 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2013 Big Shu 8 10-05 Barry Cash Peter Maher
2012 Balthazar King 8 10-09 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2011 Sizing Australia 9 10-09 Andrew Lynch Henry De Bromhead
2010 A New Story 12 09-07 Adrian Heskin Michael Hourigan
2009 Garde Champetre 10 11-12 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
2008 Garde Champetre 9 10-13 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
2007 Heads Onthe Ground 10 10-02 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
2006 Native Jack 12 10-08 Davy Russell Philip Rothwell
2005 Spot Thedifference 12 11-12 JT McNamara Enda Bolger


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