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Foxhunter Chase 2022 Racecard

The Foxhunter Chase is a race held for amateur riders on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is run over a distance of about 3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs on the New Course – with a total of 22 fences to be jumped.

4:10 Fri 18 Mar FOXHUNTER CHASE

Distance: 26f 70y Age: 5yo + Prize: £50,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

BOB AND CO was still going well when unseating 3 out in this last year and he went on to make amends when edging out Billaway in the Champion Hunters at Punchestown in April. Paul Nicholls charge made a respectable return when second in a steadily-run race at Haydock and shades the vote over Billaway, who's been second in the last 2 renewals. The up-and-coming Winged Leader is another to consider.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. BACK BAR (IRE)
J: Miss Izzie Marshall
T: Alan Hill
10
12-0
*
*
One-time fair hurdler (for Gordon Elliott) who is better known for his pointing exploits. Just fair form when winning novice hunter at Leicester last month so firmly up against it.
2
jockey silks 2. BILLAWAY (IRE)
J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
10
12-0
* * * *
* * * *
Long been one of the leading lights in hunter chases and looked as good as ever in first-time headgear when making all at Naas. Runner-up in this for last 2 years, only just failing 12 months ago.
3
jockey silks 3. BOB AND CO (FR)
J: Mr David Maxwell
T: Paul Nicholls
11
12-0
* * * * *
* * * * *
Enhanced good strike rate in this sphere in Champion Hunters at Punchestown. Not seen to best effect on belated return at Haydock last month. Still going well when unseated 3 out in this last year.
4
jockey silks 4. COUSIN PASCAL (FR)
J: Mr James King
T: J. J. O'Shea
10
12-0
* * *
* * *
Surprise winner of Foxhunters' at Aintree last year. Should have won at Hereford on comeback and made amends when beating the returning Bob And Co by 2 lengths at Haydock. Unlikely to be far away.
5
jockey silks 5. DESIRE DE JOIE (FR)
J: Mr Archie Wright
T: N. R. W. Wright
9
12-0
* *
* *
Positive start for current yard when landing a point last month but he's 0-10 over fences under Rules.
6
jockey silks 6. DON BERSY (FR)
J: Mr Tommie M. O'Brien
T: Ryan Potter
9
12-0
*
*
Refused to race on his last 3 outings under Rules and on his latest start in a point. Very much one to leave alone.
7
jockey silks 7. DUBAI QUEST (IRE)
J: Miss Gina Andrews
T: T. Ellis
9
12-0
* * *
* * *
Multiple point winner who bolted up in hunters at Fakenham and Wetherby a year apart. Jumping will be tested here but well worth a shot at this.
8
jockey silks 8. FUMET D'OUDAIRIES (FR)
J: Mr Zac Baker
T: T. Ellis
7
12-0
* * *
* * *
Improved to win first 2 starts in hunters but stamina stretched at Stratford in May. Multiple point winner, including small-field events on last 2 starts (latest Jan 29).
9
jockey silks 9. IT CAME TO PASS (IRE)
J: Miss M. O'Sullivan
T: Eugene M. O'Sullivan, Ireland
12
12-0
* *
* *
Surprise winner of this 2 years ago but is no longer at that level, well beaten when fell 3 out latest start in point (Jan 16).
10
jockey silks 10. LORD SCHNITZEL (IRE)
J: Mr M. C. O'Donovan
T: Declan Queally, Ireland
9
12-0
* *
* *
Has been going great guns in points this season, winning 2-finisher event last time (Feb 26). Landed odds in maiden hunter latest start under Rules in December. Visored.
11
jockey silks 11. MIGHTY STOWAWAY (IRE)
J: Mr J. J. Codd
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
11
12-0
* *
* *
Multiple point winner (including this season), though well beaten when pulled up last time (Feb 13). Good 5½ lengths third of 4 to Vaucelet at Fairyhouse in November. Remote sixth in this last year.
12
jockey silks 12. MONBEG CHIT CHAT
J: Mr Christopher Furness
T: Mrs G. B. Walford
11
12-0
* *
* *
Fairly useful in Ireland and did well in hunters in 2021, winning over C&D in April. Multiple winning pointer, including last 3 starts (latest Jan 30).
13
jockey silks 13. OVERWORKDUNDERPAID (IRE)
J: Mr George Chatterton
T: L J Morgan
9
12-0
* *
* *
Multiple winning pointer and fairly useful chaser. Not far behind Cousin Pascal and Bob And Co on return to Rules at Haydock but that was a slowly-run affair. Up against it.
14
jockey silks 14. POINT THE WAY (IRE)
J: Mr Joe Wright
T: G. C. Brewer
11
12-0
*
*
Won a couple of hunters at Perth and Kelso when last seen under Rules in May. Off mark in points at seventh attempt last time (Feb 6). Looks out of his depth.
15
jockey silks 15. PONT AVEN (IRE)
J: Mr Alex Chadwick
T: J. P. Owen
9
12-0
* * *
* * *
Talented chaser for Willie Mullins and won a point by a wide margin for current connections. Made an impressive winning start to life in hunters at Ludlow last month and is an interesting contender.
16
jockey silks 16. PREMIER MAGIC (IRE)
J: Mr Bradley Gibbs
T: Bradley Gibbs
9
12-0
* * *
* * *
Multiple point winner, including last 2 starts. Justified short odds in hunter at Leicester on Rules debut 13 months ago and better form when 4¼ lengths third of 5 to Vaucelet at Stratford in May.
17
jockey silks 17. REWRITETHERULES (IRE)
J: Mr David O'Brien
T: David O'Brien
8
12-0
*
*
Fairly useful chaser at best. Looks out of his depth starting out for new yard.
18
jockey silks 18. SENOR LOMBARDY (IRE)
J: Mr Lyall Hodgins
T: Mrs K Harding
9
12-0
*
*
Fairly useful hurdler/chaser who pulled clear of the remainder when second in hunter at Carlisle when last seen under Rules a year ago. Won 4 of 5 starts in points, wide-margin winner latest (Feb 27).
19
jockey silks 19. WINGED LEADER (IRE)
J: Mr B. O'Neill
T: David Christie, Ireland
8
12-0
* * * *
* * * *
Coming of age in hunter chases now, winning last 3 starts, jumping well on his return to Rules when beating Billaway (who was returning from 9 months off) by 12 lengths at Thurles in January.
20
jockey silks 20. ZAMPARELLI (IRE)
J: Mr Darren Andrews
T: Miss V. Collins
10
12-0
*
*
Mixed record in hunters and firmly up against it in this company.

Betting Forecast : 11/4 2.75 BILLAWAY, 11/2 5.5 WINGED LEADER, 15/2 7.5 BOB AND CO, 14/1 14 PONT AVEN, 16/1 16 DUBAI QUEST, 18/1 18 COUSIN PASCAL, 18/1 18 PREMIER MAGIC, 22/1 22 FUMET D'oudairies, 33/1 33 IT CAME TO PASS, 33/1 33 MIGHTY STOWAWAY, 33/1 33 MONBEG CHIT CHAT, 33/1 33 LORD SCHNITZEL, 40/1 40 OVERWORKDUNDERPAID, 50/1 50 DESIRE DE JOIE, 80/1 80 DON BERSY, 80/1 80 SENOR LOMBARDY, 100/1 100 POINT THE WAY, 150/1 150 BACK BAR, 300/1 300 ZAMPARELLI, 300/1 300 REWRITETHERULES

Run over the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, it was inaugurated in 1904. It is open to horses aged five years and older.

Furthermore, for a horse to be eligible for the race, it must have done one of the following; finished first or second twice in hunter chases, won two open point-to-point races or won one open point-to-point race and finished second or first in a hunter chase.

Since 1946 no horse has won it more than twice, but a total of nine horses have done the double, the most recent being Pacha Du Polder (2017 and 2018). He was retired in 2019 after an unsuccessful attempt to become the first horse to win the race three times; the race was won by the Philip Rowley-trained Hazel Hill, who had been in good form in point to points and hunter chases earlier in the season.

The jockey with the most victories in this race is the now retired Colman Sweeney.

Honours for the top trainer are tied between Richard Barber and Paul Nicholls .

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Foxhunter Chase 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Foxhunter Chase?

3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Foxhunter Chase?

22

What day of the festival is the Foxhunter Chase?

Day 4

What time is the Foxhunter Chase?

16:10

What weights are carried for the Foxhunter Chase?

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

What is the purse for the Foxhunter Chase?

£45,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Foxhunter Chase?

Out of the jockeys currently still in action, there are is no rider who has won it more than once. The now retired Colman Sweeney won it three times.

Who is the leading trainer in the Foxhunter Chase?

Paul Nicholls

Who won the Foxhunter Chase?

You can check out our Foxhunter Chase results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Foxhunter Chase?

Click the link to visit our Foxhunter Chase Odds Comparison page.

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