Cross Country Chase

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase is a National Hunt chase and is the 5th race on Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival. The race is open to 5 year old horses and older. Runners must jump 32 obstacles on the way round the Cross Country Course at Cheltenham.

The race was first run in 2005 when the fourth day was added to the Cheltenham festival. It is the final Cross Country Chase of the season at Cheltenham with the other 2 taking place in November & December.

Due to the nature of the race and the large amount of fences which the horses have to jump, this can often be on of the most entertaining races at the festival. It has been won by some big names in recent years such as Balthazar King.

Nina Carberry is the most successful jockey in this race with 4 wins to her name, however she won’t be riding in the 2017 Cheltenham Festival due to pregnancy.


Cross Country Chase Profile

Type: Ungraded Steeple Chase Race

Distance: 3m 7f (6,236m)

Age: 5 year olds +

Prize Fund: £65,000