2021 St James's Place Foxhunter Chase Tips

Following on from the Gold Cup on day four at the Cheltenham Festival is the Foxhunter Chase. Know affectionately as the "amateur's Gold Cup" this traditional race is open only to horses who've been running in hunter chases and point-to-point races.

2021 Foxhunter Chase Key Facts

Date Friday 19th March, 2021
Time 4:10pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Class Two
Distance 3m 2f
Prize Pool £45k
Age 5YO+

2021 Foxhunter Chase Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 Foxhunter Chase.

2021 Foxhunter Chase Tips

Once the new National Hunt season starts and the contenders begin to come forward, we'll have a range of 2021 Foxhunter Chase tips live on the website.

2020 Foxhunter Chase Result

Position
Name
SP
1st It Came To Pass 66/1
2nd Billaway 11/4f
3rd Shantou Flyer 3/1
4th Stalker Wallace 15/2
5th Minella Rocco  5/1

Foxhunter Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Triumph Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm County Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
2:50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Grade One 3m
3:30pm Gold Cup Grade One 3m 2f
4:10pm Foxhunter Chase Class Two 3m 2f
4:50pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Class Two Handicap 2m 4f

Foxhunter Chase History

Known as the "amateurs Gold Cup", the Foxhunter Chase has played a crucial role at the Cheltenham Festival since it's inaugural running in 1946.

The Foxhunters is a Class Two chase run over the same trip as the Cheltenham Gold Cup. To be eligible to run in the race, entrants must have finished first or second twice in hunter chases, or have won two point-to-point races, or have won one open point-to-point race and finished first or second in a hunter chase.

One of the most famous winners of the Foxhunter Chase was Halloween, who won as a six-year-old in 1951. Bill Wightman's star would go on to win several Graded races, including two victories in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

The Callant was the first horse to win back-to-back Foxhunters in 1956 and '57. Since then, nine horses have won the race twice, the most recent dual-winner being Pacha du Polder in 2017 and '18.

Laurie Morgan both trained and rode the second two-time winner, College Master in the early 1960s. In 1973, Lord Oaksey rode Bullocks Horn to victory for Bob Turnell.

Oliver Sherwood, trainer of Grand National winner Many Clouds, rode two Foxhunter Chase winners for Fred Winter in the 1980s. Ted Walsh guided Attitude Adjuster to victory for Mouse Morris in 1986.

Richard Barber is the joint-most successful trainer in Foxhunters history, saddling four winners between 1992 and '98.

Barber's final winner, Earthmover moved to Paul Nicholls' yard soon after his win in 1998. Earthmover would go on to win the Foxhunters again for his new trainer as a 13-year-old in 2004.

Nicholls has since equaled Barber's tally of four winners, with Sleeping Night scoring, and Pacha du Polder winning twice. 

Enda Bolger and Nina Carberry teamed up to win with On The Fringe in 2015, before successfully retaining their crown a year later.

Philip Rowley's prolific pointer Hazel Hill won the Foxhunter Chase in 2019. Hazel Hill was then surprisingly beaten in 2020, as 66/1 outsider It Came To Pass claimed a surprise win for the father, daughter combination of Eugene and Maxine O'Sullivan.

Foxhunter Chase Winners

Year
Winner
2020 It Came To Pass
2019 Hazel Hill
2018 Pacha Du Polder
2017 Pacha Du Polder
2016 On The Fringe
2015 On The Fringe
2014 Tammys Hill
2013 Salsify
2012 Salsify
2011 Zemsky
2010 Baby Run
2009 Cappa Bleu
2008 Amicelli
2007 Drombeag
2006 Whyso Mayo
2005 Sleeping Night
2004 Earthmover
2003 Kingscliff
2002 Last Option

Foxhunter Chase FAQs

When is the Foxhunter Chase?

The 2021 St James's Place Foxhunter Chase will take place at 4:10pm on day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 19th March.

What is the Foxhunter Chase?

The Foxhunter Chase is a Class Two race staged during the Cheltenham Festival. Known as the "amateur Gold Cup" the race is open only to winning hunter chasers and point-to-pointers, and is run over the same trip as the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Who won the Foxhunter Chase?

In 2020, the father, daughter team of of Eugene and Maxine O'Sullivan claimed a surprise win in the Foxhunter Chase, as 66/1 outsider It Came To Pass powered home by ten lengths.

Where can I watch the Foxhunter Chase?

The 2021 Foxhunter Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.