Foxhunters Chase enhanced odds
The crowds at the Cheltenham Festival will have barely recovered from the Gold Cup before it’s time for the next race, the Foxhunters Chase.
Whereas the Gold Cup pits the very best steeplechasers against one another, the competitors in the Foxhunters must follow a very specific set of criteria.
For a start, they each have to hold a valid hunting licence. Then there’s the qualifying criteria for the race which stipulate that horses must have:
- Won or finished second in at least two hunter chasers, OR
- Won two open point-to-point chases, OR
- Won one open point-to-point chase and won or finished second in a hunter chase
As if the horses weren’t drawn from a specific enough pool, the jockeys on board them are all amateurs. That’s led to the Foxhunters Chase being called the Amateur Gold Cup and it was this race last year which caught the headlines for allowing multiple Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton a ride at the Cheltenham Festival.
The last two Foxhunters Chases have been won by On The Fringe and the 12-year-old has been installed as the bookies’ favourite for this year’s renewal. A combination of his advancing years and the fact that no horse has won this race three times count against On The Fringe but there are plenty of positives as well.
In Enda Bolger, On The Fringe has one of the very best cross country trainers in the sport. Bolger is confident about his charge’s chances of winning once more. He points out that with only three or four races a year, On The Fringe is still a relatively fresh horse, certainly when compared to some other 12-year-olds.
At a best price of 6/4 with Sky Bet, On The Fringe is sure to attract a great deal of support and we wouldn’t want to put anybody off getting involved at that price.
If you are backing the favourite to win, it could well be worth supplementing that play with a couple of each-way bets.
The first of these should be on Paint The Clouds. The 12-year-old certainly put On The Fringe under a great deal of pressure coming up the Cheltenham Hill last year. The favourite showed all of his heart to cross the winning post in first and may well do so again but Paint The Clouds will surely be there ready to exploit any misstep.
The Wayne Greatrex trained Paint The Clouds has only been beaten by On The Fringe in his last five starts and if the ground gets any softer he’ll surely come in from the 12/1 that Coral are currently quoting.
Pacha Du Polder is another to consider at 16/1 with Paddy Power if there is any significant rain at Prestbury Park. He had Victoria Pendleton on board at last year’s Festival and some believe that a more experienced rider could have coaxed out a win from the then nine-year-old.
With a clear run and more experience from horse and jockey, Pacha Du Polder should be there or thereabouts on Friday.
- On The Fringe to win at 6/4 with Sky Bet
- Paint The Clouds each-way at 12/1 with Coral
- Pacha Du Polder each-way at 16/1 with Paddy Power
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