Cross Country Chase Odds 2023


Tiger Roll and jockey Keith Donoghue on the way to winning the Glenfarclas Chase during day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005 when the meeting was extended to four days. This unusual contest over three and three-quarter miles over a variety of obstacles is now established as part of the Festival. This is largely due to the success of three-time winner Tiger Roll who won the Aintree Grand National in 2018 and 2019.

Irish-trained horses have dominated this race, winning 14 of the 17 races to date. Philip Hobbs is the only British trainer to win the race with two-time scorer Balthazar King (2012 and 2014). France won it for the first time when Easysland defeated Tiger Roll in 2020. Tiger Roll is favourite once again in the Cross Country Chase odds 2023 after being controversially taken out of the Grand National because of the weight he had been allocated. He will seek a remarkable sixth Cheltenham Festival victory and could be retired immediately after the race.

Cross Country Chase Odds and Entries 2023

The Country Chase betting odds have revolved around three horses this year; Tiger Roll, Prengarde and Easysland. Speculation about the future of Tiger Roll has been something of a saga since he recorded his second Grand National victory. He missed out on the chance to equal Red Rum’s three Aintree victories when the meeting was lost to the covid pandemic in 2020.

Last year he bounced back to form in this race but side-stepped Aintree because his owner felt he had been given too much weight. Tiger Roll is now only 2-1 in the Cross Country Chase odds after main market rivals Easysland and Prengarde failed to shine in recent appearances. Easysland had beaten Tiger Roll by 17 lengths in 2020 but the form was reversed last season. The horse is owned by JP McManus and was trained in France until being transferred to Jonjo O’Neill’s yard in January. He has been pulled up in both of his recent outings over hurdles.

Prengarde was promoted to the top of the Cross Country Chase betting odds when news emerged that JP McManus had purchased him with this race in mind. He is being trained by Cross Country specialist Enda Bolger, a record five times winner of this event. Prengarde’s eagerly awaited Irish debut failed to set the world alight as he trailed home towards the rear in a handicap hurdle at Naas.

JP McManus has two more possible representatives here in Shady Operator and Midnight Maestro. The pair fought out the finish to a cross country chase at Punchestown last month with Midnight Maestro winning by a neck. Third-placed Tout Est Permis started favourite but was outpaced from the second last before staying on again close home.

Latest Cross Country Chase odds *

*Best prices at the time of writing

Tiger Roll 2-1

Delta Work 6-1

Prengarde 7-1

Brahma Bull 10-1

Easysland 10-1

Midnight Maestro 10-1

Shady Operator 10-1

Diesel D’Allier 14-1

Back On The Lash 16-1

Champagne Platinum 20-1

Plan Of Attack 20-1

Potters Corner 20-1

Tout Est Permis 20-1

Lord Du Mesnil 25-1

Alpha Des Obeaux 33-1

Mon Prestige 33-1

Step Back 40-1

Cross Country Chase News

For all of the top class racing on show during the Cheltenham Festival this year, it would be hard to imagine a more popular winner than Tiger Roll. When he won the Triumph Hurdle as a four-year-old it was impossible to imagine the journey which lay ahead. Now with a National Hunt Chase, three Cross Country Chases and two Grand National victories under his belt, the twelve-year-old is being prepared for his swansong before a well-earned retirement.

The handicapper incurred the wrath of Tiger Roll’s owner Michael O’Leary once again this year with the horse now officially taken out of the Grand National. The good news for Cheltenham fans is that he will attempt to sign off his career with a fourth victory in the Cross Country.

He is as short as 7-4 favourite in the Cross Country Chase odds and a lot of that may be down to sentiment. His last racecourse appearance was in a Navan Handicap Hurdle in January where he finished 31 lengths back in fourteenth place. Elliott is hopeful that he can bow out in style and equal the all-time record of six festival wins set by Quevega.

It is possible that stable companion Delta Work could line-up against him after losing his way over regulation fences. He won the Irish Gold Cup and the Savills Chase in 2020 before finishing fifth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Other possible runners include 2019 Welsh Grand National winner Potters Corner and Aintree Grand National entry Brahma Bull.