Cross Country Chase Trends

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Cross Country Trends

Immediately following the Champion Chase we get what might be considered somewhat of a marmite race for some people.

The only cross country course in England is concealed in the middle of Cheltenham’s old and new courses.

Festival legend Tiger Roll has won this race the last two years and will seemingly use this race once again as his stepping stone to the Grand National.

The Cheltenham festival legend dominates the market once again before his date with racing immortality.

Stats One

First off, for this unique jumping test, there’s an apparent class barrier to start building your shortlist around.

All of the last 13 winners have been rated 126 or more, furthermore, 11 of those 13 have been rated 134 or more.

The rough benchmark to work with would seemingly be 134.

The entries aren’t out yet but when the list comes out, be mindful of those under the rating threshold.

These will likely not have the quality for this race, despite it’s class 2 status, the level of quality has been quite high the last couple of seasons.

Stat Two

For the most part this is contested by older horses, those who have big staying chases as their primary targets.

12 of the last 13 winners have been aged 8-10 years old, so it gives a nice bracket to work with for the entries list.

Many of the entrants will be aged 10+, horses like Josies Orders, Kingswell Theatre and Ultragold are the likely veterans of the game who will be turning out for this test.

But their age is against them unfortunately, keep those onside aged eight, nine or 10.

Tiger Roll does still tick the box.

Stat Three

Surprisingly, despite this being an attritional staying trip of three mile six furlongs, previous national runners aren’t prolific within previous winners.

10 of the 13 previous winners had never run in the Grand National, Nine of the 13 had never run in the Irish National and 11 of the 13 had never run in the Scottish National.

Having previous National form isn’t necessarily a benefit going into this so don’t get to caught up in those who have that experience.

Stat Four

Although the variety of obstacles that need to be cleared here vary in size and shape, experience at Cheltenham’s cross country course isn’t obvious in previous winners.

Only four of the last 13 winners had already notched a win here.

If you’re looking for one to take on Tiger Roll, don’t be too concerned in finding one who’s taken one of these races in his absence.

It could be misleading.

Stat Five

To support the fact that Cheltenham cross country form doesn’t play a huge factor, 9 of the last 13 winners didn’t contest the race in at the previous year’s festival.

Narrowing it down further, seven of the last eight winners didn’t contest the race the year before.

The only exception is Tiger Roll who has won the race two years consecutively.

Stat Six

Finally, to help narrow the field down, 11 of the last 12 winners had at least one run at 30 furlongs.

Establish those who have experience of the three mile six furlong trip, you have to stay the duration of the race.

Don’t make assumptions that those on your radar will get the trip, flick over the previous form and look for a good run in a staying chase.

Value Angle

Tiger Roll won this head in chest last year and will be incredibly hard to dethrone.

He’s a four-time Cheltenham festival winner and will be no push-over.

French raider Easysland looks to be the biggest competition after a good win in the November meeting’s cross country but 3/1 has little juice in it.

Tiger Roll is just a different class and it’s really hard to see what will even lay a glove on him at this level.

Urgent De Gregaine would be the only each way play to hit the frame at a generous 10/1.

He’s chased home Tiger Roll twice before and is a fair enough price to do it again.

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