Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

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Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
Ungraded race
LocationCheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated2005
Race typesteeplechase
SponsorGlenfarclas
WebsiteCheltenham
Race information
Distance3m 6f 37y (6,069 metres)
SurfaceTurf
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Purse£65,000 (2018)
1st: £40,235
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
2019
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Black, light green braces, emerald green cap
Tiger Roll Josies Orders Urgent De Gregaine

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase is a National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the Cross-Country Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles and 6 furlongs (3 miles 6 furlongs and 37 yards, or 6,069 metres), and during its running there are thirty-two obstacles to be cleared. It was originally run as a handicap race before being changed to a conditions race from the 2016 running,[1][2] and it is scheduled to take place each year on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The event was established when a fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005. It is now one of three cross-country chases held at Cheltenham – the others take place in November and December. All three were originally sponsored by Sporting Index, and in the 2007–08 season they were backed by BGC. The whisky distillery Glenfarclas began supporting the series in 2008–09.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Garde Champetre – 2008, 2009
  • Balthazar King – 2012, 2014
  • Tiger Roll - 2018, 2019

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Nina Carberry – Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008, 2009), Josies Orders (2016)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Enda Bolger – Spot Thedifference (2005), Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008, 2009), Josies Orders (2016)

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
2005 Spot Thedifference 12 11–12 JT McNamara[a] Enda Bolger
2006 Native Jack 12 10-08 Davy Russell Philip Rothwell
2007 Heads Onthe Ground 10 10-02 Nina Carberry[a] Enda Bolger
2008 Garde Champetre 9 10–13 Nina Carberry[a] Enda Bolger
2009 Garde Champetre 10 11–12 Nina Carberry[a] Enda Bolger
2010 A New Story 12 09-07 Adrian Heskin Michael Hourigan
2011 Sizing Australia 9 10-09 Andrew Lynch Henry De Bromhead
2012 Balthazar King 8 10-09 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2013 Big Shu 8 10-05 Barry Cash Peter Maher
2014 Balthazar King 10 11–12 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2015 Rivage d'Or 10 10-10 Davy Russell Tony Martin
2016 Josies Orders [b] 8 11-04 Nina Carberry[a] Enda Bolger
2017 Cause of Causes 9 11-04 Jamie Codd[a] Gordon Elliott
2018 Tiger Roll 8 11-04 Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott
2019 Tiger Roll 9 11-04 Keith Donoghue Gordon Elliott
  1. ^ a b c d e f amateur jockey
  2. ^ Any Currency finished first in 2016 but was disqualified after a banned substance was detected in a post-race urine test

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Changes announced to the new season at Cheltenham". Weatherbys. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  2. ^ http://racecaller.com/horse-racing-forum/cheltenham-day-2/cross-country-chase-trends-2016-1455994861/post/785970