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    Cross Country Chase 2013


    Class 2, 50,000 Total Prize Fund. Cheltenham, 4.00pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, three miles and seven furlongs. For five-year-olds & upwards. Penalties: after February 24, 2013, a winner of a steeple chase 5lb. No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed February 19 (45 entries), entries released February 21, weights revealed February 27. Six-day confirmation stage March 6, final declaration stage 10am, March 11. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, February 18, 2013. May not include some overseas form.

    Race Stats

    Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer
    461U04 UNCLE JUNIOR (IRE) 12-11-12 Mrs M McMahon Willie Mullins IRE
    B-0U631 CHICAGO GREY (IRE) 10-11-04 John Earls Gordon Elliott IRE
    5r3163 OUTLAW PETE (IRE) 9-11-02 J P McManus John Halley IRE
    P0F1-12 BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) 9-11-01 The Brushmakers Philip Hobbs
    F1-P0P5 HEY BIG SPENDER (IRE) 10-11-00 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard
    06F226 BOSTONS ANGEL (IRE) 9-11-00 Elder Scouller Jessica Harrington IRE
    44-046F SIZING AUSTRALIA (IRE) 11-10-11 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Henry de Bromhead IRE
    P50633 QUICK FIRE (FR) 9-10-11 Mrs P Papot Jacques Ortet FR
    2-P41U1 ARABELLA BOY (IRE) 8-10-09 Andrew Berry Enda Bolger IRE
    F2-F1F1 RESTE DEMOHAISON (FR) 8-10-07 Ecurie Centrale Francois Cottin FR
    2-14006 PASSATO (GER) 9-10-07 P Ponting Jo Davis
    2P3-00U SADDLERS STORM (IRE) 11-10-06 Mrs M Martin Tony Martin IRE
    122B0/r- NEDZER'S RETURN (IRE) 11-10-06 William J Elliott Gordon Elliott IRE
    0B1-F02 BIG SHU (IRE) 8-10-05 H Duffy/R J Robinson/Miss C M Woods Peter Maher IRE
    0CP006 A NEW STORY (IRE) 15-10-04 Storey's Over Syndicate Michael Hourigan IRE
    (0)6U1/-50 POKER DE SIVOLA (FR) 10-10-02 David Johnson Ferdy Murphy

    ------------------cut off before withdawls
    3-614U4 ANY CURRENCY (IRE) 10-10-02 Cash Is King Martin Keighley
    P/5000/P- BACKSTAGE (FR) 11-10-01 MPR & Capranny Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
    1/040/1-0 FRENEYS WELL 13-10-01 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
    121365 SHAKERVILZ (FR) 10-10-00 Wicklow Bloodstock Limited Willie Mullins IRE
    3513F2 LEAC AN SCAIL (IRE) 12-10-00 Mrs J Drake Joanne Foster
    4P1-612 SACREE TIEPY (FR) 7-10-00 Emmanuel Clayeux Emmanuel Clayeux FR
    12341F SANJAKA DE THAIX (FR) 7-10-00 Ecurie Barnum III Emmanuel Clayeux FR
    26P3-F0 WEDGER PARDY (IRE) 12-10-00 Lord Leigh Kim Bailey
    P04334 DOUBLE DIZZY 12-9-13 Martyn Forrester Bob Buckler
    3141OP DASHING GEORGE (IRE) 11-9-12 Dr Richard Newland Dr Richard Newland
    005F20 PEARSE (FR) 9-9-12 A Killoran Francois Cottin FR
    000165 PENTIFFIC (NZ) 10-9-11 P Sinn, P Lawrence, L Sutcliffe, M Smith Venetia Williams
    660663 LONG STRAND (IRE) 9-9-11 Evanna McCutcheon David Nagle IRE
    2U3-411 COOL OPERATOR 10-9-11 The Gathering & Alderclad Philip Kirby

    -----phil smith estimated cut off

    406P40 ANOTHER JEWEL (IRE) 11-9-10 Frank Magee/Catherine Murphy Denis Murphy IRE
    0/44-060 GULLIBLE GORDON (IRE) 10-9-09 Yeh Man Partnership Peter Bowen
    335-F32 SHALIMAR FROMENTRO (FR) 7-9-09 Mrs Jane Williams Nick Williams
    R14/-63P TRIGGERMAN 11-9-09 Martin St Quinton Philip Hobbs
    111402 VICTRIX GALE (IRE) 7-9-08 Badgers Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
    0-0PP5B MIDNIGHT HAZE 11-9-07 Kim Bailey Racing Partnership Kim Bailey
    40220F JACKS ISLAND (IRE) 10-9-06 Joe Kenny Joe Kenny IRE
    2P0-P50 FREDO (IRE) 9-9-05 Mrs Jacky Allen Ian Williams
    006020 PACO JACK (IRE) 9-9-05 C Beirne Philip Rothwell IRE
    065112 DRAWN N DRANK (IRE) 7-9-04 W Porter Enda Bolger IRE
    23/F-P04 NORTHERN ALLIANCE (IRE) 12-9-04 Irish Rover Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
    056F0-0 DE DANU (IRE) 10-9-04 C Flattery Joseph Fox IRE
    0P/00P-6 HOOPY (IRE) 11-9-03 John Earls Gordon Elliott IRE
    0P-5540 DOCTOR PAT (IRE) 9-9-01 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
    500600 CLEAR HILLS (IRE) 6-7-11 Doran Bros (London) Limited Michael Hourigan IRE
    45 entries
    24 Irish-trained
    5 French-trained
    153 (substitute).


    One to keep an eye out for ...

    Outlaw Pete

    Outlaw Pete ran a cracker in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase at Cheltenham on Friday, and he is in excellent heart at present.

    He just took a while to get into a rhythm on this course, his debut at it, and he dropped right towards the rear at quite an early stage. He was second last after a mile with only the very patiently ridden Another Jewel behind him, he just wasn’t attacking the obstacles with as much zest as those who had been around the course before, and he was particularly stuttery over the cheese wedges. He started to warm to his task heading into the final circuit however and, once he found his range he closed up in behind the leaders menacingly. He had made rapid progress coming to the sixth last obstacle, the Aintree style fence, and despite not jumping it as fluently as those in front of him, he closed right up over the next fence to be part of a group of four who pulled clear. He threatened to play a big part in the finish as they came onto the racecourse proper, right alongside Uncle Junior and Balthazar King, before just getting tired over the final two obstacles.

    John Halley’s gelding loves Punchestown’s banks course, he won the Ladies’ Cup in 2011, he was travelling well when unseating at Ruby’s Double in this year’s La Touch Cup, and he made amends by going and winning the Irish Field Chase two days later. This run showed that he can be equally effective on Cheltenham’s Cross-Country course, and he is a real live candidate for the Cross-Country Chase at the Festival now, as well as the race at the December meeting, both of which are handicaps and in which he will be much better off with Uncle Junior and Balthazar King. He handles all types of ground, from testing to very quick, so that is not a concern for the festival either.

    He probably would have won the Cork Grand National on his previous run but for cocking his jaw and running out at the final fence, he is not devoid of ability on conventional tracks, but it is back at Cheltenham, with experience at the track now under his belt, that he will be of most interest.

    16th November 2012
    Last edited by Lester; 27th February 2013 at 12:41 PM.

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    Gordon Elliott

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    On ratings he looks to have it all to do here with Rubi Light, Hidden Cyclone and Foildubh all in opposition. He's been in good form, and has been working nicely since his run in the Galmoy hurdle at Gowran Park in January. He would appreciate a bit of a sounder surface, but with Davy Condon booked I'm hoping for a good run with a view to possibly running him at Cheltenham in the Cross Country race, and then onto Aintree in April for the Grand National.

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    ^ "On ratings he looks to have it all to do here" ...what he meant to say was "stitched the handicapper up nicely"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigginstown View Post
    Gordon Elliott

    Chicago Grey

    On ratings he looks to have it all to do here with Rubi Light, Hidden Cyclone and Foildubh all in opposition. He's been in good form, and has been working nicely since his run in the Galmoy hurdle at Gowran Park in January. He would appreciate a bit of a sounder surface, but with Davy Condon booked I'm hoping for a good run with a view to possibly running him at Cheltenham in the Cross Country race, and then onto Aintree in April for the Grand National.
    straight to national "We thought he would run well. He's had a wind operation this year and that seems to have made a big difference and the soft ground played into his hands. He'll go straight to the Grand National now."

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    Bolger said: "I'm on the cold list for the race at the moment, so we'll do our best to change that this year!

    "It's never easy, but I do think it's getting harder and harder every year.

    "We were lucky to have horses like Spot Thedifference and Garde Champetre and better horses are coming into the race all the time.

    "I hear there's a very good horse from France coming over this year who has won his last four and Willie Mullins is starting to target the race as well now with a few of his horses who are too high in the weights for normal handicaps.

    "There's also a good horse called Outlaw Pete, who is trained by a good friend of mine, John Halley.

    "He won at the track in December and if we don't win I hope they do."

    Bolger's has nominated Arabella Boy as his main hope this year, a horse who has won twice around Punchestown's cross-country circuit but did not complete the course at Cheltenham in December.

    "We'll have a few entries but I'd say Arabella Boy is the one," said the trainer.

    "He was good in Punchestown a couple of weeks ago and also won at Punchestown earlier in the season.

    "My only worry is he might not like Cheltenham, as he unseated Nina (Carberry) there in the cross-country race in December and also disappointed in the four-miler a couple of years ago.

    "Maybe he's a bit older and wiser now, but I have a feeling he might just be a better horse in Punchestown.

    "Anyway, he's a cross-country horse so we'll give it a go."

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    The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase is another of the newer races, having been introduced in 2005. Philip Hobbs became the first non-Irish trainer to win it last year after the first 7 runnings were all won by the raiding team with, 4 of those 7 going to Enda Bolger, who is a specialist in these kinds of races.

    Below we take a look at the trends for the past 8 years:

    Age (Win-Place-Runners)

    6yo: 0-0-1

    7yo: 0-0-3

    8yo: 1-4-18

    9yo: 2-1-22

    10yo: 2-4-28

    11yo: 0-6-24

    12yo: 3-3-18

    13yo+: 0-5-13

    Ages of the winners is spread out amongst those aged 8 to 12 however younger horses have done better recently.

    In past 6 years:

    Horses aged 8 to 10: 5-7-50

    Horses aged 11 or older: 1-10-41

    In past 6 years 5 of the 6 winners were aged 8 to 10 and 8 of the last 11 horses aged 11+ to make the frame had won or placed in the race before.


    Horses carrying 10-8 or more: 6-12-59

    Horses carrying less than 10-8: 2-11-68

    Horses racing from out of the handicap: 1-1-18

    Top weight: 12491528 (2-3-8) does well, having gained 2 wins and 3 places from 8 runs.

    Official Ratings

    Horses rated 140 or higher: 3-7-25

    Horses rated 126 to 139: 5-11-71

    Horses rated 125 or lower: 0-5-31

    Higher rated horses have fared best recently, with the 10 of 11 places being filled by horses rated 135+ in past 3 renewals (including all 3 winners).

    Recent/Past Form

    5 of 8 winners won on their last run over fences

    6 of 8 winners had run in past 40 days (2 exceptions had last run in cross country race at Cheltenham December meeting)

    7 of 8 winners had run 2 to 5 times that season

    8 of 8 winners had run 11+ times over fences

    7 of 8 winners had run in no more than 11 handicap chases

    7 of 8 winners had won over 3M+ (exception won over 2M 6F & been placed in 3 of 4 runs over CD)

    5 of 8 winners had won or placed over this CD (1 exception was having first start and other 2 failed to complete on only run on the Cross Country course)

    5 of 8 winners had run over hurdles that season (2 of 3 exceptions had won a point to point)

    Other Races

    Defending Cross Country Handicap Chase winner (Balthazar King): 2091534 (1-3-7)

    Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase winner (Arabella Boy): 1113420 (3-3-7)

    Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase winner (Outlaw Pete): 1461P (2-1-5)

    Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase winner (Uncle Junior): 124558 (1-2-6)

    Ryman The Stationer Handicap Chase winner (Balthazar King): 1 (1-0-1)

    Irish Field Chase winner (Outlaw Pete): 160 (1-0-3)

    La Touche Cup winner (Uncle Junior): 165P (1-0-4)

    Risk Of Thunder Chase winner (Arabella Boy): 9P23P (0-2-5)

    F.J. Chalke Desert Orchid Handicap Chase winner (Any Currency): U9P (0-0-3)

    6 of 8 winners had run in the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase in December, finishing 13F17RO

    3 of 8 winners ran in the Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase, finishing 111

    3 of 8 winners had run in the Glenfarclas Chase in November, finishing 123

    2 of 8 winners ran in the La Touche Cup, finishing 14

    5 of 8 winners ran in a chase at previous Cheltenham Festival (3 Cross Country, 1 4M NH novice Chase & 1 Foxhunters)


    Enda Bolger (4-8-22) dominated this race in its early days, winning 4 of the first 5 runnings, however he has filled just 2 places from 9 runners in last 3 years.

    Michael Hourigan (1-4-6) saddled A New Story to win in 2010 & be placed in 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012.

    Henry De Bromhead (1-1-3) trained Sizing Australia to win it in 2011 and get placed last year.

    Philip Rothwell (1-1-4) has gained a win and a place with Native Jack in the race.

    Philip Hobbs (1-1-7) trained Balthazar King to win last year and also saddled the 3rd in 2010.

    Irish trainers (7-15-60) have won 7 of 8 runnings & filled 77% of the places from approximately 47.2% of the total runners, which compares very well to British trainers (1-6-66).


    Obviously whoever Enda Bolger books on his horses have the best chance of winning this. Nina Carbery (3-2-7) and J T McNamara (1-4-8) generally get to ride Bolger’s first and second strings.

    Adrian Heskin (1-2-3), Andrew Lynch (1-1-3), Davy Russell (1-1-6) & Richard Johnson (1-0-4) are the other 4 jockeys to have ridden the winner of this. Davy Russell does ride this course particularly well.

    Andrew MacNamara (0-2-2) and Jason Maguire (0-2-2) have been both made the places on their two rides in this race.


    7 of 8 winners were priced 13/2 or below and came from the first 3 in the betting

    The 2010 winner, A New Story, was the first longshot to win this though 16 of the 31 places have been filled by horses priced 12/1 or bigger.

    Favourites (2-1-8) have won 2 of the 8 runnings giving a level stakes return of 0.00.


    Based on the trends from the past 8 years you are looking for a horse:

    Aged 8 to 10 (or aged 11+ that has won/placed in the race before)

    Carrying 10-8 or more

    Officially rated 135+

    Won last chase start

    Had 2 to 5 runs this season

    Had run in past 40 days (or had last run in Cross Country race at November meeting)

    Run at least 11 times over fences

    Run in no more than 11 handicap chases

    Won over 3M+

    Run over hurdles (or won a point to point) this season

    Won or placed in Cross Country Chases at November/December meetings

    Won Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase

    Ran in a chase at last year's Festival

    Trained in Ireland

    Ridden by Nina Carberry, J T McNamara, Andrew Lynch or Davy Russell

    From first 3 in the betting

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    Morning Glory
    Glenfarclas Handicap Chase - 3m 7f

    One horse who will appreciate all the rain that may fall is Arabella Boy, who is my strong fancy in this race. His trainer Enda Bolger is a master of training horses to win these types of races and Nina Carberry is class too. This horse has won two of his last three starts in cross-country races, although he unseated rider on his penultimate start at Cheltenham when making some progress. He looks one of the best horses in this division and won well at Punchestown latest.

    Of his rivals, Outlaw Pete, who is trained by John Halley in Ireland, won the Cheltenham cross-country race that Arabella Boy and Uncle Junior unseated in but has been beaten in two chases since. Balthazar King won this last year and is fancied to go well again for Philip Hobbs. Uncle Junior is trained by Willie Mullins and the 12-year-old has top weight in this. He is incredibly smart in these races but lacks consistency.

    Selection: Arabella Boy (5/1)

    Alex Hammond ^

    Ruby tipped him too...

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    1 461U04 Uncle Junior37 12 11-12 W P Mullins56 Mr P W Mullins 157 116 157
    2 5O3163 Outlaw Pete26 9 11-2 J Halley Mr Josh Halley7 147 115 153
    3 06F226 Bostons Angel37 9 11-0 Mrs John Harrington60 Robbie Power 145 77 154
    4 4-046F Sizing Australia37 p 11 10-11 Henry De Bromhead63 A E Lynch 142 153 159
    5 P41U1 Arabella Boy37 8 10-9 E Bolger Ms N Carberry 140 87 157
    6 14876 Passato69F tp 9 10-7 Jo Davis Timmy Murphy 138 146 166
    7 3-97U0 Saddlers Storm9 11 10-6 A J Martin40 P Carberry 137 124 158
    8 1-F742 Big Shu37 t 8 10-5 Peter Maher B M Cash 136 — 157
    9 0CP776 A New Story19 15 10-4 Michael Hourigan50 A P Heskin3 135 159 169
    10 614U4 Any Currency61 et 10 10-2 Martin Keighley33 Ian Popham3 133 157 165
    11 41733 Freneys Well16P p 13 10-1 E Bolger Richie McLernon 132 — —
    12 121365 Shakervilz37 p 10 10-0 W P Mullins56 Ms K Walsh 131 91 161
    13 3513F2 Leac An Scail21 12 10-0 Joanne Foster Samantha Drake7 131 113 156
    14 P1-612 Sacree Tiepy23 t 7 10-0 Emmanuel Clayeux James Reveley 131 — —
    15 6O3-F9 Wedger Pardy116 b 12 10-0 Kim Bailey46 Miss J Coward7 131 152 160
    16 P04334 Double Dizzy25 t 12 10-0 Bob Buckler50 Andrew Glassonbury 130 127 153

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    This cant happen ? Oldest horse to win festival race ?

    Timeform Comments

    Timeform 1-2-3
    1 A New Story (IRE)
    2 Arabella Boy (IRE)
    3 Outlaw Pete (IRE)

    Timeform view

    Handicapping issues often aren't so important as previous experience of cross-country fences when assessing this race, and, as ever, the Irish hold a strong hand. Arabella Boy and Outlaw Pete spearhead their challenge, but veteran A New Story may be worth chancing to regain his former crown.

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    Irish raiders had a stranglehold on this race until last year when Balthazar King ruined their perfect record by keeping it at home for the first time since its introduction in 2005.

    Willie Mullins’ Uncle Junior has won twice over the course and distance but each time he was favoured by the conditions.

    This time, however, he must give a minimum of 10lbs to his rivals and that could scupper his chances.

    Probably the best handicapped of the Irish runners is Arabella Boy, trained by Enda Bolger. The eight-year-old unseated Nina Carberry at this track in December but has winning form in cross-country chases at Punchestown.

    He has a nice weight here and his trainer, who has won the race four times, is sure to have him primed for success. A big run looks assured.

    John Halley’s Outlaw Pete was a winner over course and distance in December and the ground will play to his strengths.

    Warmed up with an eye-catching effort in Thurles and should go well but others are better handicapped.

    A New Story won this in 2010 and was beaten just a head last year, despite being in his 15th year. Twelve more months on his back will not help but he has been placed in the race four times and hasn’t been performing all that badly recently. Surely find a few too sprightly, though.

    Sizing Australia, former RSA Chase winner Bostons Angel, Saddlers Storm, Freneys Well, Big Shu and Shakervilz make up a very strong Irish challenge.

    Best of the Irish: Arabella Boy

    Next best: Outlaw Pete

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