Cross Country Chase Tips 2022

The Cross Country Chase tips jump into the longest race at the Cheltenham Festival as it is over a gruelling 3m 6f trip. Also commonly known as the Glenfarclas Chase, this is one of those great races that play its part in making the Cheltenham Festival such a special meeting. Our betting experts look at the field for Cross Country Chase Tips 2022.

Cross Country Chase Potential Runners & Favourites

There has been a familiar name back at the head of the Cross Country Chase runners for the 2022 renewal. That is the excellent Cheltenham favourite TIGER ROLL who could be making his swansong at the Festival this year. Our experts piece together a look at some of the leading contenders in Cross Country Chase tips.

TIGER ROLL is the deserved favourite in Cross Country Chase betting as he searches for his fourth win in the race. After having his run of success interrupted by Easysland in 2020, Tiger Roll was back on it last year, rolling back the years to win it as an 11-year-old. 

He’s lightly raced nowadays, and there’s no positive form from his two efforts this season since moving back to Gordon Elliott.

PRENGARDE could be the new Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase kid on the block as he has been well-supported in the ante-post market as well. Prengarde is on the up, scoring a couple of times earlier this season over in France, the latter of those at Compiegne at a distance of 3m 3f.

2020 winner EASYSLAND could be back in the frame after being brought down a peg by Tiger Roll last year. In taking that 2020 Cheltenham Cross Country success, he looked like he could dominate this fixture. He still might, but he has failed to complete two warm-up efforts ahead of his 2022 Cheltenham return.

It’s a fascinating race and this year’s field is intriguing. The veteran Tiger Roll is potentially going head-to-head with the unexposed Cheltenham debutant Prengarde with an out-of-form Easysland hovering. 

Other players who warrant respect as Cross Country Chase tips are SHADY OPERATOR, DELTA WORK and MIDNIGHT MAESTRO.

Cross Country Chase Noticeable Entries

Horse Silks Trainer/Jockey Odds
Tiger Roll Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
Delta Work Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Prengarde Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Mark Walsh
T: Enda Bolger
Shady Operator Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Derek O’Connor
T: Enda Bolger
Easysland Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr
T: Jonjo O’Neill
Midnight Maestro Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: L P Dempsey
T: Enda Bolger
Brahma Bull Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Brian Hayes
T: Willie Mullins
Diesel D’Allier Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Bannister
T: Richard J Bandey
Back On The Lash Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Bowen
T: Martin Keighley
Tout Est Permis Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade
Potters Corner Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Tudor
T: Christian Williams
Plan Of Attack Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Darragh O’Keeffe
T: Henry De Bromhead
Step Back Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Nico de Boinville
T: Mark Bradstock
Alpha Des Obeaux Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jody McGarvey
T: Gordon Elliott
Mitchouka Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Keith Donoghue
T: J T R Dreaper
Poker Party Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead

*Odds Correct as of 12pm 14/03/22*

How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Cross Country Chase Race 

This is a specialist race as Cross Country Chase runners are a tough, hardy breed. There have been two winning favourites in the last ten editions of the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham. 

Those were Josies Orders in 2016 and Tiger Roll in 2019. But it is not necessarily a race for long-priced entries. Of the last ten Cross Country Chase winners, only two have been at 14/1 or bigger. 

There hasn’t been a winner bigger than 66/1 in the last two decades. But, again, this is a race for specialists with that special sauce of grit and stamina. The incredible Tiger Roll wasn’t even a favourite last year – nevertheless, he won by 18 lengths.

Cross Country Chase Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

Year Favourite Horse* Winning Horse
2021 Easysland (2nd) Tiger Roll (9/2)
2020 Tiger Roll (2nd) Easysland (3/1)
2019 Tiger Roll Tiger Roll (5/4)
2018 The Last Samurai (3rd) Tiger Roll (7/1)
2017 Cantlow (3rd) Cause Of Causes (4/1)
2016 Josies Orders Josies Orders (15/8)
2015 Toutancarmont (RO) Rivage D’Or (16/1)
2014 Big Shu (3rd) Balthazar King (4/1)
2013 Arabella Boy (7th) Big Shu (14/1)
2012 Scotsirish (PU) Balthazar King (11/2)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up

Cross Country Chase History & Present Time

The Cross Country Chase has long been sponsored by the Glenfarclas Distillery, which took up the role in 2008. The first edition of the Cross Country Chase was in 2005, and it was added as the Festival grew to a four-day event. This is a 3m 6f trip on the Cross Country Course at Cheltenham with a bruising 32 obstacles.

The race has gone through some changes in its time as it used to be a handicapping affair – now it is a conditionals event and has been that way since 2016. The Cross Country Chase runners are five-year-olds and up.

Cross Country Chase Jockey & Trainer Records

The leading jockey is Nina Carberry, who made quite the splash through the early years of this race. She won it three straight years between 2007 and 2009. She would add her fourth success in the race on the back of Josies Orders in 2016. Keith Donoghue has won three of the last four editions, all on Tiger Roll.

The leading trainer to have brought the most Cross Country Chase winners home is Enda Bolger, with five winners. The first four of those were in the first five editions. But the current form trainer in the Cheltenham fixture is Gordon Elliott, who has trained three of the last five winners.

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