Cheltenham Cross Country Chase 2022 Trends

Need some help finding the winner of the 2022 edition of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last 10 renewals in order to help you find the winner of this unique contest.

Cheltenham Cross Country Chase 2022 Trends
Cheltenham Cross Country Chase 2022 Trends

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2022 Cheltenham Cross Country Chase Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Had run at least four times in the last 12 months
  • Had run at least seven times over fences
  • Last won over a distance of at least 2m5f
  • Had won at least one chase

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Were aged eight or older
  • Had previously run at Cheltenham
  • Last ran within the last 30 days
  • Had competed over 3m4f or further - seven winning over that distance
  • Had run in at least one cross country or banks race (exception Rivage D'Or in 2015)

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Had run in at least 13 chases
  • Had run in at least one Cheltenham cross country race before
  • Placed in the top five in a previous cross country (or banks) race

Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The Grade 2 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase in December has thrown up four winners in the last 10 years (Easysland, Tiger Roll, Josies Orders and Balthazar King). Additionally three runners in that race went on to be place (Bless The Wings, Any Currency, Uncle Junior, Wedger Pardy and Some Neck). This season’s edition was won by Diesel D'Allier.
  • The Grade 2 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase in November has also thrown up four winners in the last decade (Tiger Roll twice, Cause Of Causes and Balthazar King) and two placed horses (Cantlow and Easysland)
  • The PP Hogan Cross Country Chase at Punchestown in February is also worth noting as Big Shu won that in 2013 before his Cheltenham win and in the last 10 years three other horses have gone from there to be placed (Josies Orders, Big Shu in 2014 and Shakervilz)

Trainer Trends

  • Gordon Elliott has three wins and four placings from 12 runners, with Tiger Roll largely to thanks for his impressive strike rate. When temporarily trained by Denise Foster in 2021 he won the race for a third time by a cool 18 lengths aged 11 and is set to return aged 12.
  • Philip Hobbs has also had some success here with two wins (Balthazar King both times) from 10 runners. He's the only trainer based in Britain to win this race in its 18-year history.
  • Enda Bolger is the leading overall trainer in this contest having won it five times, although only one of those victories came in the last decade.
  • David Cottin became the first French trainer to win the race in 2020 when landing it with Easysland in the JP McManus colours. He was second last year and has since joined Jonjo O'Neill but has not run since Cheltenham 2021 due to injury.

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Jockey Trends

  • Keith Donoghue has won three of the last four renewals of this race on Tiger Roll and is set to be aboard again this year as the emphatic two-time Grand National winner bids for a sixth Cheltenham Festival win in seven outings.
  • Davy Russell has won the race twice overall, and placed twice also from 10 rides.
  • No other current riders have won the race more than once.

How did the trends do last year?

Tiger Roll lined up for his sixth Cheltenham Festival run as an historic two-time Grand National winner, and having already won the race twice, effectively owns the trends and thus will always be the first trends pick.

By a ridiculous 18 lengths, he won for the fifth time at the Festival, with defending champion Easysland in second - still at age seven among in the field as he was when winning aged six.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2022?

Tiger Roll is now aged 12, but has been lightly raced for the past five seasons and can never, ever be discounted at the Cheltenham Festival, where he has won five of his six outings, and never finished out of the first two.

It's important to remember that this is not a handicap. The vast majority of cross country and banks races in Britain and Ireland are, so winning one of those getting lumps of weight from another doesn't necessarily mean you'll follow up with Festival victory.

Look for a classier horse, who jumps well, has bags of chasing experience and has been placed in a cross country or banks race.

Enda Bolger's Shady Operator, winner of two non-handicap Punchestown banks races and seventh in a handicap chase on his only other outing at the Cheltenham Festival, currently stands out on trends. His new recruit Prengarde has rave reviews also, but is only six and has not raced since May 2021.

That puts the Henry De Bromhead-trained Plan Of Attack high up the picking list, after finishing fourth and third in November and December on his first experiences of cross country racing.

The nine-year-old was fourth in the 2020 Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the festival and was in second when falling three out last year.

Diesel D'Allier, winner of Cheltenham's December cross country chase, and third in November, looks a strong selection also, though is trained in Britain, which trends suggest is a negative.

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2021 Cheltenham Cross Country Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stTiger Roll9/2Keith DonoghueDenise Foster
2ndEasyslandEvensFDavid CottinFelix De Giles
3rdSome Neck17/2John McConnellRichard Johnson

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