2022 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Racecard Betting Odds

Run over the same course and distance as the more illustrious feature race (the Cheltenham Gold Cup) on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Foxhunter Chase is dubbed the “amateur Gold Cup” by some. And though it doesn’t have the prestige or the big name runners of the preceding race, the Foxhunter still captures the imagination of the public, and has done for some time given that it was inaugurated way back in 1904.

Here we bring you our predictions and betting tips for this three mile, two and a half furlong race, along with the latest live betting odds comparison to ensure you get the best possible value for money on your bets.

The Foxhunter Steeple Chase is one of the longest horse races at the Cheltenham Festival, with the runners competing over three miles and two furlongs, with the added ingredient that amateur riders are on board the various horses that line up in the race.

One horse stands out in the betting market and Billaway is now trading as the outright favourite for the race, with the horse turning out an impressive performance at Down Royal on 17 December suggesting that he could be the one to beat when it comes to the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase on the final day of the meeting.

Billaway is trained by Willie Mullins and the eight-year-old finished second in the same race last season when running close to It Came To Pass although Patrick Mullins claims that the horse’s jumping has now become quicker, with the horse likely to have a final prep run at Thurles before preparing for this race.

It Came To Pass can’t be easily ignored as a horse that has already got a Foxhunters victory under his belt and trainer Eugene O’Sullivan will hope for a similar performance this time around, with the runner having only had one outing during the 2020/21 season and he ran reasonably well at Fairyhouse when completing the two miles and seven furlong distance.

Staker Wallace finished fourth in the Foxhunters’ Steeplechase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and Enda Bolger is sure to have schooled the horse over fences in the meantime, with the Irish raider having registered top two finishes at Dromahane, Mainstown and Limerick so far this season.