Cross Country Chase Tips

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

HorseSilksTrainer/JockeyOdds
Tiger RollHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
6/4
Delta WorkHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
6/1
PrengardeHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Mark Walsh
T: Enda Bolger
13/2
Shady OperatorHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Derek O’Connor
T: Enda Bolger
17/2
EasyslandHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jonjo O’Neill Jr
T: Jonjo O’Neill
10/1
Midnight MaestroHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: L P Dempsey
T: Enda Bolger
12/1
Brahma BullHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Brian Hayes
T: Willie Mullins
14/1
Diesel D’AllierHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Harry Bannister
T: Richard J Bandey
16/1
Back On The LashHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sean Bowen
T: Martin Keighley
20/1
Tout Est PermisHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade
22/1
Potters CornerHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jack Tudor
T: Christian Williams
25/1
Plan Of AttackHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Darragh O’Keeffe
T: Henry De Bromhead
25/1
Step BackHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Nico de Boinville
T: Mark Bradstock
40/1
Alpha Des ObeauxHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jody McGarvey
T: Gordon Elliott
40/1
MitchoukaHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Keith Donoghue
T: J T R Dreaper
50/1
Poker PartyHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
66/1

*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

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