2023 Cross Country Chase Preview, Trends & Analysis

The race is run over a trip slightly further than three miles and six furlongs with thirty-two various obstacles to be negotiated and since 2016 has become a conditions event as opposed to its initial handicap status from inception in 2005.

2023 Cross Country Chase Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 Cross Country Chase Preview

The marmite race of the festival is the Cross Country Chase which was introduced in 2005. The race is run over a trip slightly further than three miles and six furlongs with thirty-two various obstacles to be negotiated and since 2016 has become a conditions event as opposed to its initial handicap status from inception in 2005.

This is very much a specialists race with old favourites running here on multiple occasions. A New Story ran in the race on six consecutive occasions and other frequent runners included Garde Champetre, Sizing Australia and Any Currency. Spot Thedifference won the inaugural cross country chase, then finished runner up in 2006 and fourth in 2007. Upon his retirement, he had won on seven occasions over the cross country fences at Cheltenham!

Dual Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll won this race in 2018 & 2019 prior to his Grand National double and also returned to win it in 2021 and was runner-up in 2022 on his last visit to a racecourse before being retired. Below we have previewed the Cross Country Chase trends and statistics and form picks highlighted by our expert tipsters in forum posts to help you find the winner of the Cross Country Chase.

Cross Country Chase Content:

Our dedicated Cheltenham Betting Picks will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Cross Country Chase but will also have predictions for each meeting at Cheltenham throughout the season so be sure to head over there.

The runner that holds the record over the past 18 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2020 renewal when Easysland from D Cottin who under the guidance of Jonathan Plouganou, won in a time of 9:09.60, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Balthazar King, trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson set the quickest time of 7:51.70 in the 2012 renewal.

These are the top three quickest run Cross Country Chase over the last 18 renewals:

  • 2012 - Balthazar King (7:51.70)
  • 2011 - Sizing Australia (8:06.22)
  • 2016 - Josies Orders (8:11.00)

How competitive is the Cross Country Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 18 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2005 when the race had an over-round of 119%. The race in 2013 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 130%, whilst on average over the last 18 renewals of the Cross Country Chase, the over-round has been 124%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £124 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 18 if you had followed the winner of the Cross Country Chase next time out then you would have back a total of 4 winners. Backing all 17 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +14.50. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2023 Cross Country Chase.

Cross Country Chase 11 Aug @ 12:53 - AntePost
Delta Work 3.50
Good Bye Sam 13.00
Prengarde 13.00
Easysland 21.00
Santini 21.00
Diesel Dallier 26.00
Shady Operator 26.00
Back On The Lash 34.00
Brahma Bull 34.00
Plan Of Attack 41.00

Cross Country Chase Past Winners

Here are the Cross Country Chase past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Cross Country Chase as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse Info
2022
9:08.68
Delta Work (FR)
9yo 11-4 5/2F
Jack Kennedy
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2021
8:42.65
Tiger Roll (IRE)
11yo 11-4 9/2
Keith Donoghue
Mrs Denise Foster (IRE)
2020
9:09.60
Easysland (FR)
6yo 11-4 3/1
Jonathan Plouganou
D Cottin (FR)
2019
8:27.28
Tiger Roll (IRE)
9yo 11-4 5/4F
Keith Donoghue
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2018
8:51.60
Tiger Roll (IRE)
8yo 11-4 7/1
Keith Donoghue
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2017
8:12.30
Cause Of Causes (USA)
9yo 11-4 4/1
Mr J J Codd
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2016
8:11.00
Josies Orders (IRE)
8yo 11-4 15/8F
Ms N Carberry
E Bolger (IRE)
2015
8:23.80
Rivage DOr (FR)
10yo 10-10 16/1
Davy Russell
A J Martin (IRE)
2014
8:19.20
Balthazar King (IRE)
10yo 11-12 4/1
Richard Johnson
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2013
8:44.70
Big Shu (IRE)
8yo 10-5 14/1
B M Cash
Peter Maher (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Cross Country Chase have been based:

  • IRE: 15 winners with an additional 33 placings from 145 runners
  • GB: 2 winners with an additional 9 placings from 113 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 4 placings from 23 runners

Cross Country Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Cross Country Chase over the last 18 renewals is E Bolger who has won the race 5 times. Those 5 winners came from Spot Thedifference (2005), Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008), Garde Champetre (2009) & Josies Orders (2016). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Cross Country Chase are Gordon Elliott (4 wins) & Philip Hobbs (2 wins). There are two trainers who have not had the best of times over the last 18 renewals in the Cross Country Chase, Paul Nicholls has sent a total of 16 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst W P Mullins has sent out 14 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Cross Country Chase trainer statistics over the last 18 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
E Bolger 47-5-16 -26.12 -17.70
Gordon Elliott 16-4-10 +2.75 +3.62
Philip Hobbs 12-2-4 -0.50 +3.57
Henry De Bromhead 9-1-3 -1.50 -2.31
Michael Hourigan 7-1-5 +19.00 +19.88
A J Martin 5-1-1 +12.00 +6.00
Peter Maher 4-1-2 +11.00 +6.62
P J Rothwell 4-1-2 +0.50 +4.69
D Cottin 4-1-2 +0.00 -0.60
Mrs Denise Foster 3-1-1 +2.50 +0.70

Cross Country Chase Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Cross Country Chase over the last 18 renewals is Keith Donoghue who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Tiger Roll (2018), Tiger Roll (2019) & Tiger Roll (2021). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Cross Country Chase is Davy Russell (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Cross Country Chase jockey statistics over the last 18 renewals (R = Rides, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Keith Donoghue 5-3-4 +10.75 +5.52
Davy Russell 12-2-5 +9.50 +8.69
A P Heskin 7-1-4 +19.00 +15.13
Mr J J Codd 4-1-3 +1.00 +3.30
Jonathan Plouganou 4-1-1 +0.00 -1.20
Jack Kennedy 1-1-1 +2.50 +1.25
Mr P W Mullins 7-0-1 -7.00 -4.00
Mark Walsh 7-0-2 -7.00 -5.25
Tom O'Brien 6-0-1 -6.00 -2.37
Tom Scudamore 6-0-0 -6.00 -6.00

2023 Cross Country Chase Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,F,(1,6),1,6,2,5,4,PU,7,3,RO,1,3,3,1,2,2,1

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 18 / 18 (62%) - Within first 9 of market
  • 18 / 18 (78%) - Avoids Greys and Chestnuts
  • 18 / 18 (80%) - Not 3-4 wins (Career)
  • 18 / 18 (81%) - Never bigger than 66/1
  • 18 / 18 (84%) - Highest class run not G2
  • 18 / 18 (84%) - Last win came over 2m5f+
  • 18 / 18 (85%) - Furthest won of 2m6f - 4m2½f
  • 18 / 18 (86%) - No bigger than 25/1 (LTO)
  • 18 / 18 (88%) - Not GB or GER bred
  • 18 / 18 (88%) - Held an OR of 126+
  • 18 / 18 (88%) - Made 3-11 starts (1 Year)
  • 18 / 18 (89%) - Beaten no more 31l (Debut)
  • 17 / 18 (47%) - No bigger than 16/1
  • 17 / 18 (78%) - Made 2-6 starts (Season)
  • 17 / 18 (85%) - Between 8yo & 12yo
  • 16 / 18 (77%) - No more than 2 falls (Career)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Cheltenham racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Cross Country Chase. You may want to do your own research into the race, there are times when there are a number of runners who pass the trends so you need to do your own research to find a bet, we have a Horse Racing Form Reading Made Easy & What to Look For article to help you do just this in the OLBG Betting School section.

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Cross Country Chase Trend Analysis

The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 career win in the class, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-84.

The courses which have produced the most winners of the Cross Country Chase are Navan and Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 5 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 18 winners from a total of 275 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 6 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Cross Country Chase:

  • Authorized (3 Wins)
  • Be My Native (2 Wins)
  • Garde Royale (2 Wins)
  • Kings Theatre (2 Wins)
  • Milan (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Cross Country Chase despite multiple attempts:

  • Saddlers Hall (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Winged Love (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Anshan (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Presenting (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Glacial Storm (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Moscow Society (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 18 renewals, the biggest priced winner was A New Story in 2010 when winning for Michael Hourigan at odds of 25/1 under the guidance of A P Heskin. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 18 renewals there has been a total of 5 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2023 Cross Country Chase remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Schedule at the Cheltenham Festival

Have a look at our racing tipsters Cheltenham predictions for the Cross Country Chase. Next up is the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual, head over to find trends and tips.

Cheltenham Festival races for Tuesday 14th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Constitution Hill (GB)
5yo - 9/4
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Edwardstone (GB)
8yo - 5/2
Alan King
Tom Cannon
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Corach Rambler (IRE)
8yo - 10/1
Lucinda Russell
Derek Fox
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
Honeysuckle (GB)
8yo - 8/11
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Maries Rock (IRE)
7yo - 18/1
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Brazil (IRE)
4yo - 10/1
Padraig Roche
Mark Walsh
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Stattler (IRE)
7yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Cheltenham Festival races for Wednesday 15th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Ballymore Novices Hurdle
Sir Gerhard (IRE)
7yo - 8/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
LHomme Presse (FR)
7yo - 9/4
Venetia Williams
Charlie Deutsch
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup (Link)
Commander Of Fleet (IRE)
8yo - 50/1
Gordon Elliott
Shane Fitzgerald
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Energumene (FR)
8yo - 5/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
9yo - 5/2
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Global Citizen (IRE)
10yo - 28/1
Ben Pauling
Kielan Woods
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Facile Vega (IRE)
5yo - 15/8
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Cheltenham Festival races for Thursday 16th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Bob Olinger (IRE)
7yo - 6/5
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Third Wind (GB)
8yo - 25/1
Hughie Morrison
Tom OBrien
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Allaho (FR)
8yo - 4/7
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Flooring Porter (IRE)
7yo - 4/1
Gavin Cromwell
Danny Mullins
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Coole Cody (IRE)
11yo - 22/1
Evan Williams
Adam Wedge
16:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Mares Novices Hurdle
Love Envoi (IRE)
6yo - 15/2
Harry Fry
Jonathan Burke
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Chambard (FR)
10yo - 40/1
Venetia Williams
Miss Lucy Turner

Cheltenham Festival races for Friday 17th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
JCB Triumph Hurdle
Vauban (FR)
4yo - 6/4
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
State Man (FR)
5yo - 11/4
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
The Nice Guy (IRE)
7yo - 18/1
W P Mullins
Sean OKeeffe
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
A Plus Tard (FR)
8yo - 3/1
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Billaway (IRE)
10yo - 13/8
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs PP Mares Chase
Elimay (FR)
8yo - 9/4
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Banbridge (IRE)
6yo - 12/1
Joseph Patrick OBrien
M M McDonagh

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