Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: FOXHUNTER CHASE

  • 15/03/2019
  • 16:10

2020 Foxhunter Chase Tips

Hazel Hill may have been beaten last time out, but he’s still a strong favourite to retain his crown. Minella Rocco beat Hazel Hill at Wetherby. Jonjo O’Neill’s former National Hunt winner and Gold Cup runner up has plenty of Festival form next to his name too.

Billaway looks a big danger and Shantou Flyer cannot be discounted either. In fact, I could include any number of runners in my Cheltenham Festival Day four tips. So, with the race looking decidedly open, I’m inclined to take a chance on the evergreen TOP WOOD claiming a richly-deserved Festival win in the Foxhunter Chase.

Kelly Morgan’s teenager placed in this race for the second time 12 months ago, before going on to win nicely in the equivalent race at Aintree. Top Wood has been thrown into Class Two Handicaps twice this season and hasn’t looked out of place, finishing second to Militarian at Ascot, before heavy ground took its toll at Haydock. Top Wood goes well fresh and he clearly enjoys the track. He looks an excellent each-way Cheltenham Festival tipping sitting on 16/1.

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Cheltenham day four tips

TIMERACE
1:30Triumph Hurdle Tips
2:10County Handicap Hurdle Tips
2:50Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips
3:30Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
4:10Foxhunter Chase Tips
4:50Grand Annual Chase Tips
5:30Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips

The opening day of the Festival features a full seven races. Find all of our Cheltenham day 4 tips here to get full coverage of Gold Cup Day.

FOXHUNTER CHASE TIPS

The one I feel has been dangerously overlooked in the betting, however, is BOB AND CO. Yes, it was rather comical when David Maxwell’s cramp forced him to pull Paul Nicholls’ recruit up at Warwick, but Bob And Co was in the process of running a really good race in with Minella Rocco and could easily have beaten his Cheltenham Festival rival.

Maxwell’s mount clocked an impressive RPR of 150 at Bangor, where he beat former Grand National runner, Ballynagour by 100-lengths. Maxwell shipped this nine-year-old over from France with this race in mind and I’d be surprised if he chose to ride last year’s runner-up, Shantou Flyer instead around the Cheltenham 2020 Gold Cup.

Paul Nicholls has trained two of the last three winners of the Foxhunters, and will have been working backwards from Cheltenham with this race in mind. David Maxwell is a man who’s given so much to racing and his riding has improved significantly over the last couple of seasons. He came close to winning it last year, and I think Bob And Co is the horse who could hand this likeable owner his first ever Cheltenham Festival winner. He’ll be my sole Foxhunter Chase tip at an appealing each-way price of 14/1.

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ST JAMES PLACE FOXHUNTER CHASE

One of the most traditional and popular races on Cheltenham day 4 is the Foxhunter Chase. Entrants will have to tackle the same three-and-a-quarter-mile trip that the Gold Cup combatants had just battled for supremacy over – a stern test for horses who are used to standard hunter chases or point-to-point contests.

There have been many memorable runnings of the Foxhunter Chase, with College Master, Double Silk and On The Fringe returning to the Cheltenham Festival to successfully defend their crown the year after winning their first Foxhunters.

Looking for tips for the other days at this year’s Festival? See our Cheltenham 2020 tips and analysis.