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Cross Country Chase Trends: Stats and information for unique Cheltenham race

The Cross Country Chase may not be every racing fan’s favourite contest of the week, but it’s a contest that has grown in stature since its inception in 2005 and it’s been won by some big names of the sport. Taking place on Wednesday 13th March in 2024, we take a look at some of the key Cross Country Chase trends worth keeping an eye ahead of making your selection for the race.

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Age

Open to horses aged five years or older the Cross Country Chase has long been a specialist discipline, but it invariably attracts experienced National Hunt performers that have potentially competed in the hurdle and chasing scene before tackling the Cross Country arena. Since 2005 there’s only been one winner aged eight or younger and that was the six-year-old Easysland, who won the 2020 race. Away from that it’s been a race dominated by the older performers and there have been three 12-year-old winners in its time with Spot Thedifference, Native Jack and A New Story landing the prize a year before they became a teenager..

Age Of Cross Country Chase Winners Since 2005

  • >8 – 1 winner
  • 8 – 4 winners
  • 9 – 5 winners
  • 10 – 5 winners
  • 11 – 1 winner
  • 12+ – 3 winners

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Starting Price

There have been very few shocks in the Cross Country Chase when looking back at the starting prices of all the winners since 2005. The biggest priced winner of the event in its history is A New Story, who won the 2010 renewal at odds of 25/1, but invariably it’s been those towards the head of the betting that have dominated proceedings. There have been five winners priced 5/2 or lower that have won the Cross Country Chase, while the most popular starting price bracket is between 11/4 and 5/1 with eight winners fitting in that section. So, it’s probably wise to focus on the first few in the betting when picking out your selection.

Starting Price Of Cross Country Chase Winners Since 2005

  • Evens to 5/2 – 5 winners
  • 11/4 to 5/1 – 8 winners
  • 11/2 to 10/1 – 3 winners
  • 11/1 to 18/1 – 2 winners
  • 20/1+ – 1 winner
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Rating

The Cross Country Chase is a race that has changed significantly down the years, as having been a relatively lowly-rated affair and run as a handicap it’s now ran as a non-handicap and it can see some really highly-rated performers line up in it. So, there’s been a turn in official ratings of the winner as when it was first run three of the first four renewals were won by horses rated lower than 150, but in more recent times the last five winners have been rated 152 or higher. Now targeted by horses that have been seen running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup or Grand National, the official ratings are higher and higher for winners, so it’s a race that sees the quality rise to the top.

Official Rating Of Cross Country Chase Winners Since 2005

  • 121-130 – 3 winners
  • 131-140 – 5 winners
  • 141-150 – 6 winners
  • 151-160 – 4 winners
  • 161+ – 1 winner
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