Foxhunter Chase

First run in 1904, the Foxhunters Chase is regarded by many as the amateur rides Gold Cup.

A quick glance through the previous winners list of the race suggests that following a young horse that is short in the betting seems to be a smart move if punters are looking to make a serious profit at the Cheltenham Festival.

You would have found the winner in 2009 with Cappa Bleu and in 2010 with Baby Run if using that theory. The basis of the form is from the Irish point-to-pointers, which is an amateur based version of jumps racing in the UK.

Also the unfamiliar nature of the jockeys can also cause a few head-scratching in most punting circles.

This race is very much an unsolvable puzzle for most gamblers, and is one the bookies love taking bets on.

With the array of options available to punters in terms of betting providers, choosing which company to sign up to can prove harder than actually finding the winner of the Foxhunters.

However taking your custom to 888Sport looks a winning decision. The £88 free bet available is one of the best in the betting world and they provide live streaming on every Cheltenham Festival race.

Access to the streaming couldn’t be easier, and you don’t even need to place a bet to watch your desired Festival race.

All you need to do is make you’re your account is funded, or have placed a bet on the website within the last 24 hours, you will be able to view all Festival races.

So, with such a big field of runners to trawl through, what type of horse should be top of punters’ short list?

Well, finding a horse under the age of ten looks the first port of call. Glossing over any runner that is 11+ should eliminate a fair chunk of the field as there are likely to be many horses that fit that age criteria.

In 20 of the last 22 renewals, horses under ten have triumphed.

The only two winners of the Foxhunters on the wrong side of 10 were Double Silk and Earthmover. And quite incredibly the youngest horse in the field has won the race six times in the last 20 years. Salsify ran out a very impressive winner of the 2012 renewal and should be back to defend his crown 12 months on.

He is still just eight-years-old, therefore he ticks plenty of boxes from a trends point of view. Rather amazingly, he can still be backed at 8/1 with Bet365 to record back-to-back victories in the race.

Pinpointing last time out winners also is a profitable trend to follow as 21 of the last 26 winners won last time out.

Not only that but the first six past the post in the 2011 renewal all had won their last race.

Targeting previous form in this particular race is worth strong consideration. Fantus, Double Silk and Earthmover are ran out dual winners of the race and that stay could have been improved by Baby Run in 2011 if he didn’t tip up at the final flight.

Other horses to have finished unplaced the previous season but come back and win the next are Call Collect in 1990, Elegant Lord in 1996 and Last Option in 2002.

With that in mind, backing Cottage Oak to improve on his 10th place finish last year looks a sound bet to strike at 14/1 with Bet365.

He has been laid out specifically for the race by his trainer Jo O’Shea, who is a very capable young trainer, and is one to keep an eye.


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