Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)

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We look at the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 3m2½f at Cheltenham during the Cheltenham Festival to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup.

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Preview

The Foxhunter Chase is run over the Gold Cup distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs restricted to amateur riders only, the 'Amateurs Gold Cup' here at Cheltenham.

The race is open to runners who have either twice won a Point to Point (PTP) race or those who have finished in the first two of a Hunter Chase at least twice.

Many of the older runners will have contested handicap chases under national hunt rules in their early days. Who are our racing tipsters tipping to win the 'Amateurs Gold Cup'? Head over to the best bets for Cheltenham page to find out.

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Information:

We also have a dedicated Cheltenham tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. We cover every race at the Cheltenham Festival and below you can find links to all of the races for each of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

How competitive is the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2024 when the race had an over-round of 120%. The race in 2007 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 136%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup, the over-round has been 129%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £129 which is bet.

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup next time out then you would have backed a total of 9 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +7.87. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 6:37.20 was set by Zemsky in 2011, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by I R Ferguson and ridden by Mr Derek O'Connor. The slowest winning time was set in 2024 when Sine Nomine won in a time of 7:17.70, booked to ride was Mr John Dawson on this Fiona Needham trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Zemsky (6:37.20) in 2011
  2. Whyso Mayo (6:42.70) in 2006
  3. Pacha Du Polder (6:42.80) in 2017
What the expert says...
You tend to get quite a few older runners in this race, over the last twenty renewals there have been 89 runners aged twelve or older and these are usually best left alone. The last winner was back in 2004 when the 13-year-old Earthmover won the race but since then not any. Arctic Times (3rd in 2008), Top Wood (3rd in 2019) and Shantou Flyer (3rd in 2023) are the only ones who have placed since.

Andy Powell - Horse Racing Betting Expert - OLBG.com

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Past Winners

Here are the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup 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 Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2024
7:17.70
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo 11-7 8/1
Mr John Dawson
Fiona Needham (GB)
2023
7:00.24
Premier Magic (IRE)
10yo 12-0 66/1
Mr Bradley Gibbs
Bradley Gibbs (GB)
2022
6:55.31
Billaway (IRE)
10yo 12-0 13/8F
Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
2021
6:55.68
Porlock Bay (FR)
10yo 12-0 16/1
Lorcan Williams
Will Biddick (GB)
2020
6:55.51
It Came To Pass (IRE)
10yo 12-0 66/1
Miss M O'Sullivan
Eugene M O'Sullivan (IRE)
2019
6:50.75
Hazel Hill (IRE)
11yo 12-0 7/2F
Mr Alex Edwards
Philip Rowley (GB)
2018
7:17.30
Pacha Du Polder (FR)
11yo 12-0 25/1
Miss Harriet Tucker
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2017
6:42.80
Pacha Du Polder (FR)
10yo 12-0 16/1
Bryony Frost
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2016
6:53.70
On The Fringe (IRE)
11yo 12-0 13/8F
Ms N Carberry
E Bolger (IRE)
2015
6:59.80
On The Fringe (IRE)
10yo 12-0 6/1
Ms N Carberry
E Bolger (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup have been based:

  • GB: 11 winners with an additional 23 placings from 331 runners
  • IRE: 9 winners with an additional 18 placings from 117 runners

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup over the last 20 renewals is Paul Nicholls who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Sleeping Night (2005) and Pacha Du Polder (2017 & 2018). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup are E Bolger (2 wins) and Rodger Sweeney (2 wins). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup, Alan Hill has sent a total of 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup trainer statistics over the last 20 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):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Paul Nicholls24-3-4+23.50+1.75
E Bolger10-2-4-0.37-3.18
Rodger Sweeney4-2-2+7.00+2.50
Eugene M O'Sullivan8-1-2+59.00+26.50
Jonjo O'Neill7-1-1+14.00+4.00
W P Mullins7-1-3-4.37-4.18
Philip Rowley6-1-3-1.50-2.25
Mrs C A Coward5-1-1+29.00+12.50
Nigel Twiston-Davies4-1-2+1.50-0.25
Bradley Gibbs3-1-1+64.00+31.00

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Jockey Statistics

Multiple jockeys have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup, Mr William Biddick (0-10), Mr J J Codd (0-10) and Mr B O'Neill (0-10) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple rides to the race.

Here are some of the top Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup jockey statistics over the last 20 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):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Mr Derek O'Connor12-1-3+22.00+6.64
Mr P W Mullins6-1-2-3.37-3.68
Mr Alex Edwards5-1-3-0.50-1.25
Miss M O'Sullivan4-1-1+63.00+30.00
Mr Bradley Gibbs4-1-1+63.00+30.00
Mr John Dawson4-1-1+5.00+1.80
Bryony Frost3-1-1+14.00+6.00
Miss Harriet Tucker2-1-1+24.00+11.50
Lorcan Williams2-1-1+15.00+7.00
Sam Twiston-Davies2-1-2+3.50+1.75

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +32.13 is when runners had 1 win in the past 180 days. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 2 career wins in Non-Handicap races, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-83.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 5 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 435 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 13 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup:

  • Beneficial (2 Wins)
  • Exit To Nowhere (2 Wins)
  • Muhtathir (2 Wins)
  • Presenting (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup despite multiple attempts:

  • Oscar (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Turgeon (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Flemensfirth (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Kings Theatre (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Old Vic (0 Wins from 8 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Premier Magic in 2023, winning for Bradley Gibbs at odds of 66/1 under the guidance of Mr Bradley Gibbs. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 6 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

Schedule for Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival

Prepare for the ROAR of the Cheltenham Festival on the opening day when the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the feature on Tuesday is the Champion Hurdle.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo - 7/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Chianti Classico (IRE)
7yo - 6/1
Kim Bailey
David Bass
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
State Man (FR)
7yo - 2/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
5yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Lark In The Mornin (GER)
4yo - 9/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
J J Slevin
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Corbetts Cross (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival

The dust has settled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and now on to day two. The feature on the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We also have the cross country scheduled on Wednesday, a race like Marmite, some love it and some don't!

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo - 1/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
Fact To File (FR)
7yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Captain Guinness (IRE)
9yo - 17/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Unexpected Party (FR)
9yo - 12/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Jasmin De Vaux (FR)
5yo - 9/2
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Schedule for Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival

Halfway through the festival and onto day three where the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race. A hurdle race to test the stamina and see how can last best up the Cheltenham hill.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Grey Dawning (IRE)
7yo - 5/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Monmiral (FR)
7yo - 25/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Protektorat (FR)
9yo - 17/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Teahupoo (FR)
7yo - 5/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo - 8/1
Ben Pauling
Ben Jones
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Jeremy Scott
Lorcan Williams
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 13/8
Gavin Cromwell
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Friday at the Cheltenham Festival

The final day of the festival and feature race that we have all been waiting for, the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which the Irish have been fairly dominant in recent years.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Majborough (FR)
4yo - 6/1
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Absurde (FR)
6yo - 12/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Sam Ewing
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
8yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo - 8/1
Fiona Needham
Mr John Dawson
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Limerick Lace (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Gavin Cromwell
Keith Donoghue
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Better Days Ahead (IRE)
6yo - 5/1
Gordon Elliott
Danny Gilligan

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Preview are at hand, Andy and James. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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