Foxhunter Chase tips – who will come out on top in amateurs’ Gold Cup

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Foxhunter Chase Tips

Daryl Carter (@DarylCarter7) gives the latest of his Cheltenham day 4 tips here as he runs the rule over the Foxhunter Chase

This race is sure to be fiercely contested as some of Britain and Ireland’s leading amateurs get their chance to grab a slice of glory at the Cheltenham Festival. Let’s take a look at the key contenders.

Foxhunter Chase Tips – Out for repeat success

Last year’s impressive winner HAZEL HILL returned to action this season with an excellent point-to-point victory to continue his magnificent strike-rate. He was then turned over by former Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco when trying to give him 4lb at Wetherby.

It’s hard to forget how impressive he was last year at the festival and horses do have a habit of winning this race back to back, so he is no forlorn hope to win again at the Cheltenham Festival despite his rising age of 12.

Classy horse is on his way back

MINELLA ROCCO finished second in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has rediscovered a new lease of life on the hunters chase scene, winning both his starts in that company.

While he hasn’t rediscovered the form of his glory days he is at least showing the right signs and pegging back the winner of last year’s Foxhunters Chase at Wetherby is a step firmly in the right direction. Interesting, but risky, so it could be worth using up some of your Cheltenham free bets on this one.

Mullins on the march again

BILLAWAY is a Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old who is very lightly raced and could not have been more impressive when stepping back up to three miles this season and winning by a comfortable eight lengths at Naas.

The form of that race looks strong and he is one to keep on side with improvement almost guaranteed.

Maxwell hoping to provide some magic

BOB AND CO is amateur David Maxwell’s best chance of a winner from the multiple entries he has in this race at the Cheltenham Festival.

His first run of the season when pulled up is best ignored due to jockey injury but the win at Bangor next time suggests he will have solid claims here despite the form being questionable.

Vulnerable to classy types

CAID DU BERLAIS finished fifth in 2018 and pulled up in this contest last term, but he has been victorious on all four other occasions since that 2018 race away from Cheltenham, including in a very similar race to this at Punchestown last May.

A really likeable type who deserves to land a big pot at Cheltenham but he may just find one or two too good at the finish yet again.

Foxhunter Chase Tips – Big-race Verdict

A competitive market at this early stage and this race usually throws up a bit of a gamble so keep those eyes on the market.

I like the way BILLAWAY went about his business in both his runs this season and he shapes like there is plenty more to come and he is the one I will be siding with.