Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

Date Time Class Distance
Wed 16th March 2022 16:10 Grade 1 3m 7f


Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Delta Work J W Kennedy G Elliott
2nd 0.75 Tiger Roll D N Russell G Elliott
3rd 21 Plan Of Attack D J O'Keeffe H de Bromhead
4th 8.5 Diesel D'allier Harry Bannister Richard Bandey
5th 4 Mitchouka K M Donoghue J T R Dreaper
6th 21 Alpha Des Obeaux J S McGarvey G Elliott
7th 13 Potters Corner Jack Tudor Christian Williams
8th 18 Shady Operator Mr Derek O'Connor E Bolger
- - Poker Party Rachael Blackmore H de Bromhead    
- - Midnight Maestro L P Dempsey E Bolger    
- - Tout Est Permis S W Flanagan N Meade    
- - Step Back N de Boinville M Bradstock    
- - Brahma Bull B Hayes W P Mullins    
- - Easysland Jonjo O'Neill Jr. Jonjo O'Neill    
- - Back On The Lash S Bowen M Keighley    
- - Prengarde M P Walsh E Bolger    
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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
2021 Back on the Lash 7 10-3 Sean Bowen Martin Keighley
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

More past winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2016 Josies Orders 8 11-04 Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
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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