The Cross Country Handicap Chase is a National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older.
It is run on the Cross-Country Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles and 7 furlongs, and during its running there are thirty-two obstacles to be cleared.
It is a handicap race, and was scheduled to take place each year on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March, however for 2014 it was moved to Wednesday which allowed the OLBG Mares Hurdle to be televised by Channel 4 on Tuesday, as Quevega produced a record-breaking sixth straight success in the race.
In 2014; Balthazar King won back his crown in the race he’d won two years previous, beating Any Currency in a thrilling finish with previous year’s winner Big Shu back in third, after threatening on the run between the last two fences.
The event was established when a fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005.
It is now one of three cross-country chases held at Cheltenham – the others take place in November and December.
Enda Bolger has had a good record in this race winning four times in nine years, teaming up with jockey Nina Carberry for three of those victories.
It often pays to side with horses with experience, and so far since its inception no horse under the age of 8 has won so it is worth bearing in mind when assessing the race.
|2014||Balthazar King||10||P Hobbs||4-1|
|2013||Big Shu||8||P Maher||14-1|
|2012||Balthazar King||8||P Hobbs||11-2|
|2011||Sizing Australia||9||H de Bromhead||13-2|
|2010||A New Story||12||M Hourigan||25-1|
|2009||Garde Champetre||10||E Bolger||7-2|
|2008||Garde Champetre||9||E Bolger||4-1|
|2007||Heads Onthe Ground||10||E Bolger||5-2|
|2006||Native Jack||12||P Rothwell||7-2|