The Foxhunter Chase, full name St. James’s Place Foxhunter Chase, is for amateur riders on horses aged 5 years or older. The race is run on the New Course at Cheltenham and the runners must jump twenty two fences on their way round the course.
The race is run over the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, meaning it is often referred to as the ‘Amateur Gold Cup’. In order to qualify for the race horses must have finished 1st or 2nd twice in hunter chases, or have won 2 open point-to-point races, or have won 1 open point-to-point race and finished 1st or 2nd in a hunter chase.
Colman Sweeney is the most successful jockey in the races long history, having won the race on 3 occasions between 2005 & 2013. The most successful trainer is Richard Barber who has won the race 4 times. However, in recent years the race has been dominated by Enda Bolger and Nina Carberry who have won the race with On The Fringe for the last 2 years.
Type: Ungraded Hunter Chase
Distance: 3m 2 1/2f (5,331m)
Age: 5 year olds +
Weight: 11st 12lb (5 yo’s) 12st 0lb (6 yo +)
Allowances: 7lb for mares
Prize Fund: £45,000