(3m2f70y) (New) St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 2) (5yo+)

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The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup a Hunter Chase for amateur riders over the Gold Cup distance of 3m2f+ and 22 fences. To qualify for the race a horse must have finished first or second twice in hunter chases or have won two open point to point races or have won one point to point race and finished first or second in a hunter chase. Many of the older runners however will have contested handicap chases under national hunt rules in their early careers. As with the other amateur races on the Cheltenham card it pays to stick to jockeys who know how to ride this course.

The Cheltenham Festival 2020 (Home Page)

4.10: (New) The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Class 2) 3m2f70y

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11/12: Previously won a chase (92%)
10/12: At least 1 previous run that season (83%)
10/12: Aged 8yo or older (83%)
10/12: Raced at least 6 times in chases (83%)
..9/12: Last run within the last 41 days (75%)
..9/12: Won or placed on their last run before Cheltenham (75%)
..9/12: Rated 134 or higher (75%)
..8/12: At least 1 previous run at Cheltenham (67%)
..7/12: Top 3 in the betting (58%)
..7/12: Won last run before Cheltenham (58%)
..7/12: At least 1 previous run over 26/27 furlongs (58%)
..7/12: Previously won that season (58%)
....3/7: At least 1 win over 26/27 furlongs (43%)
..4/12: Winning favourites or joint favourites (33%)
..4/12: Winning favourites or joint favourites (33%)
..3/12: Won previously at Cheltenham (25%)

Winning favourites in non-handicap chases: 24-40 for 60% (+2.34)

An experienced winning chaser with an experienced jockey is a prerequisite. Also a horse 8yo or older with at least a seasonal run, form at Cheltenham, raced in the last 41 days and one who had raced at least 6 times in chases seems to be the first filter.

Today's Pacafi: click here

The Racing Horse Verdict

1st: BILLAWAY 11/2 (2nd)  2nd: Staker Wallace 15/2 (4th)  3rd: Minella Rocco 5/1 (5th)

NR: Hazel Hill

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