Stats Guide

Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country)

16:00 Cheltenham Tue 13 March

Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) (Class 2)  (5YO plus)


Winner £25,024 - 16 ran

3m 7f

Last year’s race

Sizing Australia
  • Winner: Sizing Australia
  • Jockey: Andrew Lynch
  • Trainer: Henry De Bromhead
  • Owner: Ann and Alan Potts Partnership
  • Age: 9 Weight: 10st 9lb
  • Starting Price: 13/2
  • Season Form Figures: 138
  • Previous Best: 3rd - Glenfarclas Country Chase, Cheltenham

The cross-country handicap isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it is a race in which followers of trends should be looking forward to as there are number of strong patterns that come up trumps time and time again in races over this course.

Supporting a horse in the first three in the betting is an obvious starting point as they have won 12 of the 14 races run over Cheltenham’s cross-country course and also six of the seven runnings of this particular race.

Enda Bolger has been responsible for a jaw-dropping 15 of the 35 races staged on this particular banks course including four of the seven runnings of this race. However, Willie Mullins has started to take a keen interest in these races for the first time this season so it would appear that the Bolger-McManus axis have serious opposition for the years ahead in this sphere.


If you fancy a British-trained horse, you may want to think again failing to win any of the seven runnings from just over half the total runners. If that is not embarrassing enough, the home ‘defence’ have only secured five place positions and three of those came in the inaugural running in 2005. This isn’t a race for younger horses either as only Wonderkid has won from 75 horses aged under eight to take their chance in all 35 cross-country staged at Cheltenham since it was first set up 17 years ago.

If you fancy a British-trained horse, you may want to think again failing to win any of the seven runnings from just over half the total runners.

As for the best guides, the handicap chase won by Garde Champetre in December (when seven horses took the wrong course) has been a stronger pointer than the conditions event in November won by Uncle Junior of the two cross-country races run at Cheltenham earlier in the season leading it 5-3 in terms of Festival winners taking part.

The best Irish guide run during the same season has been the P.P. Hogan Chase at Punchestown in February having highlighted three winners on the spin between 2006-2008 but also respect last season’s La Touche Cup at the Punchestown Festival, a race that has also featured three winners of this Festival handicap ten months later. Of the 35 cross-country races staged at Cheltenham, only Uncle Junior was winning on his cross-country debut.

At a glance summary

First three in the betting
Trained by Enda Bolger
The Irish
Ran in the cross-country handicap at Cheltenham in December
Ran in the P.P. Hogan Chase or La Touche Cup
Not contested any form of cross-country race before
Younger than eight

Previous Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Age/Wt SP
2011 Sizing Australia Henry De Bromhead Andrew Lynch 9 10-9 13/2
2010 A New Story M Hourigan A P Heskin 12 9-7 25/1
2009 Garde Champetre E Bolger Miss N Carberry 10 11-12 7/2
2008 Garde Champetre E Bolger Miss N Carberry 9 10-13 4/1
2007 Heads Onthe Ground E Bolger Miss N Carberry 10 10-2 5-2f
2006 Native Jack P J Rothwell D N Russell 12 10-8 7-2jf
2005 Spot Thedifference E Bolger Mr J T McNamara 12 11-12 4-1