- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
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- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
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- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
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- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
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- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
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- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
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- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
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Paul Nicholls took this last year with Pacha Du Polder to end a 6-year winning spree for the Irish trained horses. It was the third victory in the Foxhunters’ for Nicholls and he looks to have a strong hand again this time round.
Pacha Du Polder is now an 11 year old but he still retains plenty of enthusiasm, he looks in decent form but to this day his only victory over 3 miles or more was here last year, he has always had stamina issues and needs the race to fall apart late on.
The main hope for Ditcheat is Wonderful Charm who was a close second twelve months ago; he is now under the part ownership of Robert Waley-Cohen so will be ridden by son Sam who is still seeking his first victory in the race despite winning the Aintree version three times.
The horse won his prep race at Musselburgh without much trouble, that was his first run for over 200 days so the chances are that he improve for that effort. He’s a very good jumper and has been round Cheltenham plenty of times so looks a solid sort.
A third runner for Nicholls is the old favourite grey Unioniste; he used to run in the same colours as Neptune Collonges but has been bought by owner/rider David Maxwell. The rider rode his Mendip Express to finish 9th in this last year and Unioniste filled a similar position in the Kim Muir.
The 10yo has been in good form recently winning at Wincanton and Fontwell and lets not forget he was 4th here in the RSA many years ago so has a bit of class.
Virak is yet another former decent chaser from the Nicholls camp, he will be ridden by the useful amateur Lorcan Williams. He was rated in the high 150’s at one time but ended last season on 144. Since then his sights have been lowered and won two hunter chases at Ludlow and Haydock. That form is decent in the context of this race but will need to be on his A-Game if he is to get involved.
Former stable mate Caid Du Berlais is now running under the care of Rose Loxton, who famously was the girl who used to look after Big Bucks at Ditcheat. She has a few pointers and this 9yo is the latest to move down the road to her yard.
He has made a good start to his new career after losing his way a bit last season. He in fact ran twice at last years Festival, he fell at the first in the Ultima Handicap and was turned out a couple of days later in the Pertemps Final over hurdles, he ran well to finish 8th and has a lot of ability.
He has won his last two points at Larkhill without much trouble and could be a serious player here.
The Irish will be keen to win the prize back and their leading fancy looks to be Burning Ambition who has only has two starts under rules which is an unusual profile for a Foxhunter contender. Most horses that come here are decent handicappers at the tail end of their careers who cant win off their present marks, this lad has come straight from the point to point scene in Ireland.
The 7yo won four points before going to Limerick and slamming his rivals by 13 lengths at Christmas time, he has since come up against the experienced Gilgamboa and lost nothing in defeat when failing by less than 3 lengths. That horse is going straight to Aintree so the way is clear for this exciting prospect who is trained by Pierce Power at Wexford. The very good Jamie Codd has been drafted in to ride and he will add a bit of experience into the pot and all looks set for a bold show.
Trainer Alan Fleming saddles Foxrock who won four hunter chases for Ted Walsh last season before moving yards. On his first run for Fleming he finished second to Gilgamboa at Thurles and ran as if needing the run. He will be spot on here and could run into a place if he puts his best foot forward.
Last years 5th Balnaslow will be a threat if he returns to his best form, he went on to win at Punchestown last April and then ran a cracker to be second in the valuable Foxhunters Champion Chase at Stratford. Since then he was pulled up on his comeback run at Kirkistown so does have a few questions to answer but is a big price.
Of the others Sir Jack Yeats has been in good form this season; he has won his last two starts at Market Rasen and Kelso and wouldn’t be out of place in this line up. Barrakilla won last time out on his first venture into hunter chases. It was his first run for over 700 days and his debut for the Fergal O’Brien yard so he must improve with the benefit of that run.
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Foxhunter Chase Runners
Foxhunter Chase Trends
|9/10 Winners||Had won over at least 3 miles|
|8/10 Winners||Had their last run after Feb 1st|
|8/10 Winners||Had previously run in a Point to Point|
|8/10 Winners||Were trained in Ireland|
|7/10 Winners||Were Irish bred|
|8/10 Winners||Finished in first 3 last time out|
|6/10 Winners||Came from first 3 in the betting|
|7/10 Winners||Had won at least 2 races under rules|
|6/10 Winners||Aged between 7 and 9 years old|
|5/10 Winners||Had ran in previous years race|
Foxhunter Chase Previous Winners
|2018||Pacha Du Polder||11||Harriet Tucker||Paul Nicholls||25/1|
|2017||Pacha Du Polder||10||Bryony Frost||Paul Nicholls||16/1|
|2016||On The Fringe||11||Nina Carberry||Enda Bolger||13/8|
|2015||On The Fringe||10||Nina Carberry||Enda Bolger||6/1|
|2014||Tammys Hill||9||James Smyth||Liam Lennon||15/2|
|2013||Salsify||8||Colman Sweeney||Roger Sweeney||2/1|
|2012||Salsify||7||Colman Sweeney||Roger Sweeney||7/1|
|2011||Zemsky||8||Derek O'Connor||Ian Ferguson||33/1|
|2010||Baby Run||10||Sam Twiston-Davies||Nigel Twiston-Davies||9/2|
|2009||Cappa Bleu||7||Richard Burton||Sheila Crow||11/2|