Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Race Card

Glenfarclas Chase Runners And Entries 2023

The runners & entries for the Glenfarclas Chase for this year's Cheltenham Festival can all be found below.

This is a full list of entries, but there will be declarations 5 days before the race, and final declarations 48 hours before.

Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country Chase) (GBB Race)

1st
Keith Donoghue

Delta Work

Age: 10
Weight: 11.5
OR: 159
J:
 
Keith Donoghue
T:
 
Gordon Elliott
prominent, went second 5 out, led after 2 out, pushed along and joined approaching last, headed and ridden just after last, led again final 110yds, kept on well and led clearly towards finish
2nd
Davy Russell

Galvin

Age: 9
Weight: 11.5
OR: 166
J:
 
Davy Russell
T:
 
Gordon Elliott
in touch with leaders, headway 25th, went third 3 out, went second after 2 out, pushed along and joined leader approaching last, ridden and led narrowly just after last, headed and no extra final 110yds
3rd
Mr P W Mullins

Franco De Port

Age: 8
Weight: 11.5
OR: 158
J:
 
Mr P W Mullins
T:
 
W P Mullins
towards rear, headway and midfield 22nd, pushed along after 4 out, went fourth after 2 out, ridden and no impression before last, left in remote third last
4th
Nick Scholfield

Lieutenant Rocco

Age: 8
Weight: 11.5
OR: 127
J:
 
Nick Scholfield
T:
 
Syd Hosie
led, pecked on landing 1st, headed and raced in second 9th, led again 26th, mistake and headed 27th, pushed along and outpaced 3 out, weakened after 2 out, left in remote fourth last

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Fifth race of ladies day

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, the fifth on ladies day, is one of the most unique races of the Cheltenham Festival. It is run on the Cross-Country course.

The race is the second longest of the week, run over 3 miles and 6 furlongs, and open to horses ages 5 and older. There are a huge variety of different obstacles across the course and there are 32 for the runners to overcome.

The race is a conditions race, the only one of the week, and there is £40,000 prize money on offer to the winner.

History of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

The race is fairly new to the festival and is one of the races that was added to the meeting in 2005 when the Festival added a fourth day to its meeting. The race is one of three Cross Country races ran in England during the national hunt season, the other two also being at Cheltenham in November and December.

When the race first began, it was a handicap however in 2016 this was changed to a conditions race, the only one in the festival, where weights aren’t allocated as per ratings but instead as per conditions of the runners.

Glenfraclas whiskey have sponsored the race since 2008. Sporting Index were the first before being replaced by BGC.

Recent years

Double Grand National Winner Tiger Roll has won the last two renewals of the race on the way to winning at Aintree and if he gets over his injury, there’s every chance he’ll be back at Prestbury Park in 2020 in search of a hat trick. His emphatic victory in 2019 was a third successive one for Gordon Elliot, who also won the 2017 running with Cause of Causes.

Prior to Elliot’s trio of victories, the race had been dominated by the Cross-Country king, Edna Bolger, who has won the race more times than other trainer, on five occasions, most recently in 2016. He’s trained the following horses to success:

Edna Bolger:

Spot Thedifference (2005)

Heads Onthe Ground (2007)

Garde Champetre (2008, 2009)

Josies Orders (2016)


Should Tiger Roll take his chance again, it will be likely he will be partnered again by Keith Donoghue who will also be seeking his third win in the race and closer to the record of four that is held by now retired jockey, Nina Carberry. Her victories were on:

Nina Carberry:

Heads Onthe Ground (2007)

Garde Champetre (2008, 2009)

Josies Orders (2016)

The Irish are often the ones to side with when betting on this race, having won the last five renewals and British success is often few and far between, having only won the race three times since it’s provenance in 2005.

No doubt, should he turn up fit and firing, Tiger Roll will warrant much respect in 2020 as he aims for three in a row. Edna Bolger will no doubt also have a team of horses ready for the race and he will be hungry to get back in the winners enclosure whilst the French’s reputation in these races has went up and anything coming across from the English channel should be respected.

Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase Winers

Year Winner Age Weight Trainer Jockey
2022 Delta Work 9 11-04 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy
2021 Tiger Roll 11 11-04 Denise Foster Keith Donoghue
2020 Easysland 6 11-04 David Cottin Jonathan Plouganou
2019 Tiger Roll 9 11-04 Gordon Elliott Keith Donoghue
2018 Tiger Roll 8 11-04 Gordon Elliott Keith Donoghue
2017 Cause of Causes 9 11-04 Gordon Elliott Jamie Codd[a]
2016 Josies Orders [b] 8 11-04 Enda Bolger Nina Carberry[a]
2015 Rivage d'Or 10 10-10 Tony Martin Davy Russell
2014 Balthazar King 10 11–12 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
2013 Big Shu 8 10-05 Peter Maher Barry Cash

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