The fifth race on the second day at the Cheltenham Festival (Weds 16th March 2022) is what some refer to as the ‘marmite race’ – it’s the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – a contest that horse racing fans tend to love or hate.
However, with the two-time Grand National winner – Tiger Roll – rocking up to try and win this race for a fourth time, surely it’s a ‘must-see’ event this year as win, lose or draw it might be the last time this legend of a horse is on the track.
Cross Country Chase Best Bet
This race is one that experience counts for everything – 14 of the last 17 winners had races over these unique Cross Country fences in the past.
It’s also a race trainer Enda Bolger has won five times – he runs Midnight Maestro, Prengarde and Shady Operator.
But it’s still hard to ignore the current champ – TIGER ROLL. He’s won at the Festival five times now (3 times in this race) and despite being a 12 year-old now is still the top-rated in the race.
He beat the 2020 winner, Easyslands, last year and it could easily be more of the same.
Back Tiger Roll @ 13/8 with BetUK
Cross Country Chase Best Outsider
EASYSLANDS won this race in 2020 and was runner-up in 2021, but has rather lost his way since. That said, he’s been running in races not suited to him (hurdles the last twice) so back here at Cheltenham and over a course he’s proven at he could just be the forgotten horse in the race.
He’s still only an 8 year-old too and a change of stables to the Jonjo O’Neill yard could do him good.
Back Easysland @ 10/1 with BetUK
Note: Odds are subject to change