Horse Racing

Foxhunter Chase 2023 Betting Tips, Odds & Preview

The Foxhunters Chase is run over the same gruelling three-mile two-furlong distance as the Gold Cup and is effectively the amateur’s very own version of the race. It’s open to qualifying amateur riders and horses aged five and over.

In fact its full name is actually the St James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters Chase. For a horse to be eligible for the race, it must have: finished first or second twice in hunter chases, won two open point-to-point races or won one open point-to-point race and finished second or first in a hunter chase.

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Race Details
When:Friday 17th March, 3.30pm
Distance:Three-miles, 2-and-a-half furlongs
Race TypeHunter Chase
CourseNew Course
Weights:11st 12lbs (5yo), 12st 0lb (6yo+), 7lb allowance for mares
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Foxhunters Chase Tips

Known as the Gold Cup for amateurs, the Foxhunters Chase is a great race to put on immediately after the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The race will have its fair share of bigger names, in terms of horses, jockeys and trainers, and this is often a path that many punters like to go down as they try and search out the winner of this contest.

As the Cheltenham Festival draws closer, we will update this page with our full betting preview, the latest odds for the race and any other key info that punters need before they place their bets.

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Foxhunters Chase Betting Odds (January Update)

The betting market hasn’t really got going yet for the Foxhunters Chase, but despite that, Vaucelet has emerged as quite a strong favourite, available at a best price of 3/1.

In behind, Billaway is there again, as are Winged Leader and Ferns Lock.

What Happened in the Foxhunters Chase 2022?

The 2022 Foxhunters Chase gave us a dramatic ending, with Billaway coming late to get up and win the race. He was very well supported, and sent off as the 13/8 favourite, giving Willie Mullins another winner on the day, ridden by his son Patrick.

Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase Winners

2022 - Billaway

2021 – Porlock Bay

2020 – It Came To Pass

2019 – Hazel Hill

2018 – Pacha Du Polder


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When is the Cheltenham Foxhunters Chase?

The Foxhunters Chase takes place on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival. It’s the 5th race on the card and takes place immediately after the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In 2023 it is scheduled for Friday, 17th March at 4:10pm.

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What time is the Foxhunters Chase?

The official start time of the 2023 Foxhunters Chase is at 4:10pm. The Foxhunters Chase is the fifth race on the 7-race Gold Cup Day racecard.

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Who won the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham?

Billaway was the 2022 winner of the Foxhunters Chase, and did so as the strong 13/8 favourite, ridden by Patrick Mullins.