Cross Country Chase Betting Odds & Preview – 4.10 Cheltenham Festival March 16th 2022

A look at this year's Cheltenham Festival Cross Country Chase as Tiger Roll goes for number four

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Our Cross Country Chase betting preview for Cheltenham Festival Day 2 looks at one of the more unique features of the entire meeting.

The race sends the runners out onto the Cross Country track at the Cheltenham racecourse before rejoining the main Old Course for the finish.

It’s one of the biggest tests of endurance that there is in horse racing and one of the Festival’s favourites, Tiger Roll is back in action in what could be the Cheltenham swansong for the veteran.

Our betting experts take a look at the Cross Country Chase betting odds for the ante-post market, take in a bit of history and pick out some key contenders in this year’s line up.

Cross Country Chase Details

Date: 16th March 2022
Time: 16:10
Grade: Ungraded
Distance: 3m 6f
Age: 5 year olds and up

Cross Country Chase Favourites and Outsiders

The Cross Country Chase betting landscape has seen a trend towards some of the shorter-priced options in the market in recent times.

Part of that is largely down to the dominance of Tiger Roll and his main rival Easysland in the past few years.

But looking back a little further, just one of the last six renewals of the Cross Country Chase betting has seen a winner at bigger than 4/1.

So that is one of the first trends to consider when looking at the line-up for recommendations in 2022 Cross Country Chase betting odds.

The longest priced winner in the last 10 editions of this popular race was Big Shu who came home at 14/1 in the 2013 renewal.

In none of the last twenty editions has there been a winner who had been bigger than 66/1 in their career.

In seven of the last eight renewals of the Cross Country Chase, the race favourite has finished within the top three.

With all that in mind, our betting experts will take some of that info, as well as the current form to make some more in-depth Cross Country Chase tips closer to the date of the race when the declarations come in.

Cross Country Chase Odds Cheltenham 2022

While we can take a look at the ante-post Cross Country Chase odds for 2022, the market will likely take on a different complexion closer to the start of the Festival.

When the final declarations for the Cross Country Chase, which happens 48 hours out, are in, punters will know exactly who is going to the start.

For now, here is a list of current Cross Country Chase odds taken at the time of writing.

Tiger Roll 7/4
Delta Work 6/1
Prengarde 6/1
Midnight Maestro 10/1
Shady Operator 10/1
Easysland 10/1
Brahma Bull 12/1
Diesel D’Allier 14/1
Back On The Lash 16/1
Potters Corner 20/1
Tout Est Permis 20/1
Plan Of attack 20/1
Champagne Platinum 20/1
Lord Du Mesnil 25/1
40/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 20:26 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at William Hill)

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About the Cross Country Chase

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase is a fixture that is open to 5-year-olds and up, but it is generally older, more experienced horses that contest this.

Those who are touching upon their veteran years have had a good time of things in the Cross Country Chase.

The first edition of the Cross Country Chase was in 2005 and the first two renewals were won by 12-year-olds, which may be good news for 2022 race favourite Tiger Roll is who that age currently.

The race is contested at a distance of 3m 6f and there are a staggering 32 obstacles that the runners have to clear.

There was a significant alteration to the race in 2016 when it was changed to a conditions race for extra safety, having been a handicap fixture from the start.

Cross Country Chase contenders – 16th March 2022

For the Cross Country Chase betting 2022, the ante-post market does paint quite a clear picture of how this year’s edition may shake out.

There are three runners with entries who are in single fixtures and then it looks to be a bit of hit-and-miss with the rest of the contenders.

But as with any horse racing card, it’s not just about those at the head of the market, we will also pick out some names that could have some fair each way considerations.

TIGER ROLL is back for yet another crack at the Cross Country Chase and he is the 7/4 favourite for the 2022 renewal* (odds recorded at 20:26 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at William Hill). The veteran is a three-time winner of the fixture after making a stunning return to the winner’s circle last year.

He first got off the mark in the 2018 edition before comfortably backing that up the following year as the winning favourite.

But then in 2020, he was knocked off his perch by the exciting Easysland who was expected to go on and dominate this race the following year.

But Tiger Roll punched back hard in 2021 to reclaim his title against his much younger rival, crushing Easysland by 18l.

Tiger Roll is now back with Gordon Elliott this season and has not found any form from two efforts. But then he wasn’t ahead of last year’s win.

Others to consider

PRENGARDE could be the new kid on the block this year as he looks like an exciting challenger from Enda Bolger. He was in fine form at the end of 2021 with a complete win over France.

One of those was at 3m 3f in a Cross Country effort at Compagnie.

His return after a break didn’t go great at Naas at the end of February however, but he may have needed that run under his belt and is a 6/1 contender* (odds recorded at 20:26 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at William Hill).

Prengarde’s misfire on his return to action has brought DELTA WORK into the Cross Country Chase betting picture a little bit more.

He is also at the 6/1 mark in the ante-post for Cheltenham Festival betting* (odds recorded at 20:26 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at William Hill).

There has been some steady work from him this season with a couple of Grade 1 chase efforts at Leopardstown.

Delta Work didn’t really have much impact in either but the extra trip could suit his big engine.

Others in the field that warrants some respect from double figures includes EASYSLAND who is seeking a revival, because he has been off the boil for a while now, veteran POTTERS CORNER and DIESEL D’ALLIER. The latter has gone well in two Cross Country efforts this season at Cheltenham, including a success over Potters Corner on his latest.

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Cross Country Chase Trends Cheltenham 2022

For the next part of this Cross Country Chase betting preview 2022, we are going to dive into some of the trends surrounding the event.

To do that, we cast an eye back over the entire history of this cross country fixture.

Cross Country Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in this Cheltenham Festival fixture is Enda Bolger who has scored five times. That’s a big return and her most recent success came with Josies Orders in 2016.

Gordon Elliott has struck three wins in the last five renewals and teams up with Tiger Roll once again for this year’s edition.

Philip Hobbs is the only other trainer in the last 20 renewals to have scored a win more than once (2).

Cross Country Chase Jockey Statistics

Keith Donoghue is the most successful jockey in the history of the Cross Country Chase with three wins.

Those were all on the back of Tiger Roll and he’ll probably be in the saddle for this year’s attempt.

Davy Russell is the only other active jockey to have won more than once in this race. His latest score was on Rivage D’Or back in 2015, bringing a big 16/1 outsider home successfully.

Other Key Cross Country Chase Trends

There has been a clear trend towards the favourites in the latest editions of this race. Each of the previous 17 winners was all within the first 9 of Cross Country Chase betting on the day.

Some other trends from the previous renewals have seen no GB or Germany bred horses land the score and none of them had run at anything above Grade 3 in their career.

Each of the renewals was won by a horse whose last win had been above the 2m 5f mark and was not bigger than 25/1 last time out.

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Cross Country Chase 2021 Review

Last year’s Cross Country Chase betting was dominated by the then returning champion EASYSLAND who went off at the even-money favourite.

However, despite carving his way through the field and getting up into second place after the 25th, he could simply do nothing against a resurgent Tiger Roll.

TIGER ROLL was always in the picture right from the off and just ticked off the furlongs superbly.

He moved to the front at the 22nd and three from home he started to put his foot down. Come the final obstacle and Tiger Roll had moved 16 lengths clear and easily won in the end by 18 lengths.

SOME NECK battled his way to third place in the finish, never looking like making an impact on the front two.

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Day 2


Day 2 Cheltenham Festival Cross Country Chases 2022

  • 13:30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Cross Country Chase
  • 14:10 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase
  • 14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle
  • 15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase
  • 16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase
  • 16:50 The Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 17:30 The Champion Bumper


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Cross Country Chase Former Winners


Year Winner Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Tiger Roll 9/2 Keith Donoghue Mrs Denise Foster
2020 Easysland 3/1 Jonathan Plouganou D Cottin
2019 Tiger Roll 5/4F Keith Donague Gordon Elliott
2018 Tiger ROll 7/1 Keith Donaghue Gordon Elliott
2017 Cause Of Causes 4/1 Mr J J Codd Gordon Elliott
2016 Josie’s Orders 15/8F Ms N Carberry E Bolger
2015 Rivage D’Or 16/1 Davy Russell A J Martin
2014 Balthazar King 4/1 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2013 Big Shu 14/1 B M Cash Peter Maher
2012 Balthazar King 11/2 Richard Johnson Phili Hobbs

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