Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase 2022 Trends

Cheltenham's Foxhunter Chase is among the trickiest Festival races, but some strong trends can point out the winner. So we've looked at the most important trends from the last 10 years for you, and used them to find the best horses to follow right now for the 2022 Foxhunter Chase.

Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase 2022 Trends
Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase 2022 Trends

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Need some help finding the winner of the 2022 edition of the St James's Place Festival Hunters' 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 the amateur riders’ Gold Cup.

2022 Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Were bred in Ireland or France
  • Were aged no older than 11
  • Had won a hunter chase
  • Last ran no more than 53 days ago

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Last won no more than three runs ago
  • Had won on a left-handed track
  • Last ran in a hunter chase (exception It Came To Pass)
  • Had won at least four times over fences, including in point-to-points (exception Porlock Bay)

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Finished in the first three on their last run

Key Trials in the last 10 years

With so many hunter chase options, there are not many recognised trials for the Foxhunter Chase.

Traditionally, the Raymond Smith Memorial Hunter Chase at Leopardstown in February was the best guide, but that has been discontinued with the creation of the Dublin Racing Festival.

The best bet for the 2021 Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham is to follow horses that win hunter chases run on left-handed courses, preferably ones described as 'galloping', 'undulating', or 'testing'.


Trainer Trends

  • If you had bet £1 on all of Paul Nicholls's 14 runners in the last 11 years, you would be £29 in profit! Having won two of the last five runnings, he's a serious trainer to follow .
  • Irish trainer Enda Bolger has saddled two winners and two placed finishers from 10 runners in the last 11 years.
  • Irish trainers have won six of the last 10 renewals, but not the last two

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Jockey Trends

  • Five of the last seven runnings have been won by female jockeys.
  • Seven of the last 11 runnings have been won by jockeys based in Ireland

How did the trends do last year?

Porlock Bay did tick some of the few trends for this race, but mainly was over-looked due to his lack of victories over fences. All of the 10 winners that came before him had won at least four times over fences, including in point-to-points - he had only won one point-to-point.

The runner-up, Billaway, second for a second successive time, was a far stronger trends pick, as was the Enda Bolger-trained Staker Wallace, who finished third.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2022?

After his short-head defeat aged nine last year, Billaway went on to be fifth over the Aintree Grand National fences, and second in the Champions Hunter Chase at Punchestown, beaten a nose.

There's little wonder he heads the beating to make it third time lucky after making a return to action at Thurles in January. He'll be coming into the race much fresher than usual, which could make the difference as he has won on his second seasonal outing for the past two terms.

It's good to note that this is a race that does tend to favour horses who have had experience in it before.

Winged Leader, who beat Billaway at Thurles, is also a key trends pick, with plenty of hunter chase and point-to-point wins.


2021 Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stPorlock Bay16/1Will BiddickLorcan Williams
2ndBillaway2/1fWillie MullinsPaul Townend
3rdStake Wallace9/1Enda BolgerMark Walsh

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