2021 Cross Country Chase Tips

One of the most popular races on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the Cross Country Chase. This unique race features an array of weird and wonderful obstacles, and only the strongest stayer in the field will triumph over this three-and-three-quarter-mile trip.

2021 Cross Country Chase Key Facts

Date Wednesday 17th March, 2021
Time 4:10pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Class Two
Distance 3m 6f
Prize Pool £65k
Age 5YO+

2021 Cross Country Chase Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Easysland 2/1 BetVictor
Tiger Roll 5/1 Betfair
Amazing Comedy 12/1 William Hill
Champagne Classic 16/1 BetVictor
Battleoverdoyen 16/1 William Hill
Bar 33/1

2021 Cross Country Chase Tips

Easysland upstaged Tiger Roll to win the Cross Country last season, and it's no surprise to see the two topping the betting for the the 2021 renewal. French raider Amazing Comedy follows, with Gordon Elliott's duo of Champagne Classic and Battleoverdoyen just behind.

We'll have a range of 2021 Cross Country Chase tips live on the website when the new National Hunt racing season starts.

2020 Cross Country Chase Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Easysland 3/1
2nd Tiger Roll 8/11f
3rd Out Sam 33/1
4th Diesel D'Allier 33/1
5th Urgent De Grigaine 16/1

Cross Country Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m 5f
2:10pm RSA Novices' Chase Grade One 3m
2:50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m 5f
3:30pm Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade One 2m
4:10pm Cross Country Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 6f
4:50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Champion Bumper Grade One 2m

Cross Country Chase History

The Cross Country Chase is the most unique race at the Cheltenham Festival. First run in 2005, the runners in the Cross Country tackle a series of weird and wonderful obstacles, during a three-mile-six-furlong course which winds its way around the grounds at Prestbury Park.

A series of Cross Country races are staged at Cheltenham throughout the season, giving possible Festival runners some valuable experience around this tricky track. Glenfarclas has been sponsoring Cheltenham's Cross Country series since 2008.

Irish Cross Country specialist, Enda Bolger dominated the early runnings of the Cross Country. Bolger saddled the Cross Country winner in four of the first five runnings, last lifting the trophy when Josies Orders was handed that race in 2016.

JT McNamara rode Bolger's first winner in 2005. Nina Carbery was in the saddle for Bolger's other four victories, and she remains the most successful jockey in the history of the race.

Garde Champetre secured back-to-back Cross Country wins in 2008 and 2009. His feat was matched by Philip Hobbs' Balthazar King, won scored at the Festival in 2012 and 2014.

Gordon Elliott has saddled three of the last four winners. His first Cross Country triumph came in 2017 with Cause Of Causes, who went on to finish second in the Grand National at Aintree.

Tiger Roll then took over where his stablemate left off in 2018, and successfully defended his crown in 2019. In both of those seasons, Tiger Roll went on to win the Aintree Grand National.

The great Tiger Roll attempted to become the first three-time Cross Country winner in 2020. Sadly, for his supporters, the favourite was beaten by French raider Easysland, who powered home on soft ground to beat Tiger Roll by a comfortable margin.

Cross Country Chase Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Easysland
2019 Tiger Roll
2018 Tiger Roll
2017 Cause Of Causes
2016 Josies Orders
2015 Rivage D'Or
2014 Balthazar King
2013 Big Shu
2012 Balthazar King
2011 Sizing Australia
2010 A New Story
2009 Garde Champetre
2008 Garde Champetre
2007 Heads Onthe Ground
2006 Native Jack
2005 Spot Thedifference

Cross Country Chase FAQs

When is the Cross Country Chase?

The 2021 Cross Country Chase will take place at 4:10pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 17th March.

What is the Cross Country Chase?

The Cross Country Chase is a Class Two race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. The Cross Country is a unique, three-mile-six-furlongs race, where a range of unusual obstacles will have to be scaled by the runners.

Who won the Cross Country?

In 2020, Easysland upset Tiger Roll with a magnificent 17-length victory in the Glenfarclas Cross Country at the Cheltenham Festival.

Who's the favourite for the Cross Country?

Defending Champion Easysland is the hot-favourite to win the 2021 Cross Country. Two-time winner Tiger Roll sits second in the betting.

Where can I watch the Cross Country Chase?

The 2021 Cross Country 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.