St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase

The St James’s Pace Foxhunter Chase is for amateur riders on horses aged five years or older. The race is run on the New Course and the runners must jump 22 fences.

The race is run over the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, 3m 2 1/2f, and it is often referred to as the ‘Amateur Gold Cup’.

In order to qualify for the race horses must have finished first or second twice in hunter chases, or have won two open point-to-point races, or have won one open point-to-point race and finished first or second in a hunter chase.

4.10 St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase (ITV/RTV)

Type: Ungraded Hunter Chase

Distance: 3m 2 1/2f 

Age: 5 year olds +

Weight: 11st 12lb (5 yo’s) 12st 0lb (6 yo +)

Allowances: 7lb for mares

Prize Fund: £45,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Friday 13 March

Cheltenham (New Course) 4.10: St James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 2) (5yo+)



  • The race has gone to Irish trainers six times, with Enda Bolger and Rodger Sweeny twice a winner
  • Paul Nicholls has won the race two times


  • 10yo winners: 3
  • 11yo: 3
  • 8yo: 2
  • 7yo: 1
  • 9yo: 1

Official Rating

  • Eight winners were rated between 134 and 141


  • Four favourites, including a joint favourite, have won in ten years, winning prices of non-favourites range from 6/1 to 33/1

Form pointers:

  • All ten winners had won a race
  • Nine winners had won a race in the same season
  • Seven winners had previously run at Cheltenham
  • Six winners won their preceding race, three more were placed
  • Five winners had a 50% or better strike rate over fences
  • Four winners had won over course and distance, but none of the others had won at the distance or at Cheltenham