4.10 Foxhunter Chase

Friday 13 March  |  Age: 5yo+  |  Prize: £45,000

The Foxhunter Chase is a race held for amateur riders on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is run over a distance of about 3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs on the New Course.

I’M no expert on this field of hunter chasers so I won’t pretend to be miles ahead of the bookies on this one.

I do think we have an angle in though because Minella Rocco is a risky proposition given his complete lack of form for the last two years until switched into hunter chases.

He’s a very dodgy favourite for me so I’m looking for value elsewhere.

STAKER WALLACE is the one I have landed on. Completely unexposed despite being a 9 year old and Jamie Codd takes the ride which swings it for me.  There are 5 places each way widely available so make sure you take them.

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HAZEL HILL (4.10) ran out a four lengths winner of the Foxhunters’ Chase last year and seems sure to be back in the thick of the action.

He was quite soundly beaten by smooth-travelling Minella Rocco at Wetherby in early February but is 5lb better off today. Proven course form swings the vote in his favour.

Besides Minella Rocco, McManus is represented by Enda Bolger’s Staker Wallace, beaten by Billaway at Naas but enjoying a 5lb swing here.

Don Poli, third to Don Cossack in the 2016 Gold Cup, has won his last two points, which may have re-kindled some enthusiasm.

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This race was an absolute nightmare to find a selection in, as it's so difficult to compare form among the different horses.

I must say I don't have a strong selection in this race, but the one I like the look of is BILAWAY who has been nothing but impressive in his two runs this season. He ran an absolute blinder behind Dylrow, where he was running on the back of a 248 day break, and then he won next time out by 8 lengths.

There are many old veterans in this race who have took part in this race many times before, like Hazel Hill, who won this race last year. But I'm siding with the young pretender who might have too much fire power for the older horses, and has a great jockey riding him in an amateurs race.

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Distance: 3m 2f 70y
Type: Chase
Class: 2
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
5
Caid du Berlais
51/1P-11

19
Shantou Flyer
5112-11

24
Kalabaloo
13-1411

3
Billaway
6312-21

9
Duhallow Tornado
1111/4-1

15
Minella Rocco
PP-P811

14
Marcle Ridge
112-122

21
Staker Wallace
4413/21

12
It Came To Pass
U1U17P

11
Hazel Hill
111-112

23
Top Wood
2P/31-26

20
Southfield Theatre
91-1121

22
Stellar Notion
1P112-P

8
Don Poli
P30-P11

10
Dylrow
60-P115

2
Arctic Skipper
11181P

17
Rewritetherules
6-11611

16
Mr Mercurial
01-1361

18
Sausalito Sunrise
30/21-41

7
Don Bersy
42-121R

6
Chosen Dream
4-36P82

13
Law Of Gold
21-1111

4
Bishops Road
63-1F22

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12:00 Pontefract - Race: 1
Distance: 5f 3y
Type: Flat
Class: 5
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
3
Smullen

1
Come Quick

2
Just Another

5
Where's Diana

4
Tothenines
2

12:10 Windsor - Race: 1
Distance: 5f 21y
Type: Flat
Class: 5
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
3
Smullen

1
Come Quick

2
Just Another

5
Where's Diana

4
Tothenines
2

12:20 Hexham - Race: 1
Distance: 1m 7f 133y
Type: Chase
Class: 5
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
7
Espion de Saflo
880808

1
Las Tunas
1PP954

10
First Revolution
165074

6
The Silver Prince
68882F

3
Follow Your Fire
06915U

5
Mill Race King
52/5FP5

2
Treshnish
F6UP05

8
Graystown
11P4P8

12
Roll Of Thunder
66P535

4
Clondaw Storm
4-552P7

11
Challow
66-P395

9
Zen Master
U850F9

13
Indian Voyage
9/P67-P6

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