It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but we all need a change now and again. The Cross Country chase is certainly that and we should all embrace it for what makes it so unique.
Can we find you the winner?
Who won the Cross Country Chase in 2016?
There was a strong gallop on and it was a deep race for the discipline.
There was a huge gamble on Josies Orders to land the spoils but Any Currency gained a well-deserved second success on the course, although he ended up losing the race due to a banned substance found his bloodstream after the race.
That shouldn’t take anything away from him though. The old boy was 23lb better off with the runner-up Josies Orders on their November running on this course and his attitude couldn´t be faulted under pressure. A grand old horse.
How to find the winner of the Cross Country Chase?
Pretty simple this one: ignore UK entries and concentrate on the challengers from Ireland, which was dealt a blow last season but is one to still follow.
Prior to the 2012 running, British runners were 0-56. The Irish have won 10 of the 12 runnings of this race whilst also producing 44 of the 52 horses to have placed from around a 65% ratio. That trend is one of the strongest you will find anywhere at the Cheltenham Festival.
Enda Bolger is a trainer to keep on side whenever he prepares a horse for a sustained crack at the Cross Country.
The Irishman has either trained the winner or runner-up in eight of the 11 runnings.
Ante-post tip for the 2017 Cross Country Chase?
Bolger has a strong hand this year again and CANTLOW looks the one to be on at 10/1.
He was very impressive over the course and distance in December, taking to the new fences like a duck to water.
The horse has had problems in the past but Bolger is working his magic on him.