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Christie's Foxhunter Chase

Ungraded race
Christie's Foxhunter Chase
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 1904
Race type Hunter chase
Sponsor Christie's
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 3m 2½f (5,331 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 13 lb (5yo);
12 st 0 lb (6yo+)
Allowances
7 lb for mares
Purse £40,000 (2010)
1st: £24,008

The Christie's Foxhunter Chase is a National Hunt chase in Great Britain for amateur riders which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles and 2½ furlongs (5,331 metres), and during its running there are twenty-two fences to be jumped. It is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The event is contested over the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it is sometimes referred to as the "amateur Gold Cup". It was established in 1904, and the inaugural running was won by Palmy Boy. It was backed by the insurance company Sun Alliance and London in 1972 and 1973, and for the following five years it was run without a sponsor. The art auctioneers Christie's began supporting the race in 1979.

Qualification for entry in the Foxhunter Chase is based on a horse's previous performances in certain types of race within a specific period. To be eligible a horse 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.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse since 1946 (2 wins):

  • The Callant – 1956, 1957
  • Whinstone Hill – 1958, 1960
  • Colledge Master – 1961, 1962
  • Double Silk – 1993, 1994
  • Fantus – 1995, 1997
  • Earthmover – 1998, 2004

Leading jockey since 1946 (2 wins):

  • John Scott-Aiton – The Callant (1956, 1957)
  • Bobby Brewis – Whinstone Hill (1958, 1960)
  • John Thorne – Some Baby (1959), Spartan Missile (1979)
  • Dick Woodhouse – Woodside Terrace (1965), Highworth (1970)
  • Richard Shepherd – Straight Lady (1966), Long Lane (1977)
  • Oliver Sherwood – Rolls Rambler (1980), Venture to Cognac (1984)
  • Ron Treloggen – Double Silk (1993, 1994)

Leading trainer since 1946 (4 wins):

  • Richard Barber – Rushing Wild (1992), Fantus (1995, 1997), Earthmover (1998)

Winners since 1946

  • All amateur jockeys.

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

1946 Iloilo 9 Harry Freeman-Jackson Harry Freeman-Jackson
1947 Lucky Purchase 9 John Nichols Sidney Banks
1948 State Control 8 Harry Llewellyn Harry Llewellyn
1949 no race 1949 [1]
1950 Greenwood 13 John Stuart-Evans J. T. Evans
1951 Halloween 6 Dickie Smalley Bill Wightman
1952 Parasol II 7 Ivor Kerwood A. Walton

1953

Dunboy II (DH) 9 Charlie Scott P. Bruce

1953

Merry (DH) 13 Gay Kindersley Alec Kerr
1954 Happymint 9 Danny Moralee Stewart Wight
1955 no race 1955 [1]
1956 The Callant 8 John Scott-Aiton Stewart Wight
1957 The Callant 9 John Scott-Aiton Stewart Wight
1958 Whinstone Hill 9 Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis
1959 Some Baby 10 John Thorne Tim Rootes
1960 Whinstone Hill 11 Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis
1961 Colledge Master 11 Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan
1962 Colledge Master 12 Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan
1963 Grand Morn II 9 R. Bloomfield G. Shepheard
1964 Freddie 7 Alan Mactaggart Reg Tweedie
1965 Woodside Terrace 12 Dick Woodhouse Dick Woodhouse
1966 Straight Lady 10 Richard Shepherd William Shepherd
1967 Mulbarton 11 Nick Gaselee Ian Pattullo
1968 Bright Beach 8 Charlie Macmillan Geordie Dun
1969 Queens Guide 8 G. Wade Willie Wade
1970 Highworth 11 Dick Woodhouse Dick Woodhouse
1971 Hope Again 9 Richard Smith Denis Windell
1972 Credit Call 8 Chris Collins Arthur Stephenson
1973 Bullocks Horn 10 Lord Oaksey Bob Turnell
1974 Corrie Burn 8 Ian Williams George Fairbairn
1975 Real Rascal 12 George Hyatt Barbara Surman
1976 False Note 10 Bryan Smart John Horton
1977 Long Lane 9 Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd
1978 Timmie's Battle 7 Peter Greenall Arthur Stephenson
1979 Spartan Missile 7 John Thorne John Thorne
1980 Rolls Rambler 9 Oliver Sherwood Fred Winter
1981 Grittar 8 Dick Saunders Frank Gilman
1982 The Drunken Duck 9 Brod Munro-Wilson Brod Munro-Wilson
1983 Eliogarty 8 Caroline Beasley Barry Kelly
1984 Venture to Cognac 11 Oliver Sherwood Fred Winter
1985 Elmboy 7 Alan Hill Norman Mawle
1986 Attitude Adjuster 6 Ted Walsh Mouse Morris
1987 Observe 11 Charlie Brooks Fred Winter
1988 Certain Light 10 Paul Hacking Jean Campbell
1989 Three Counties 12 Katie Rimell Mercy Rimell
1990 Call Collect 9 Ray Martin John Parkes
1991 Lovely Citizen 8 Willie O'Sullivan Eugene M. O'Sullivan
1992 Rushing Wild 7 Justin Farthing Richard Barber
1993 Double Silk 9 Ron Treloggen Reg Wilkins
1994 Double Silk 10 Ron Treloggen Reg Wilkins
1995 Fantus 8 Polly Curling Richard Barber
1996 Elegant Lord 8 Enda Bolger Enda Bolger
1997 Fantus 10 Tim Mitchell Richard Barber
1998 Earthmover 7 Joe Tizzard Richard Barber
1999 Castle Mane 7 Ben Pollock Caroline Bailey
2000 Cavalero 11 Alex Charles-Jones John Manners
2001 no race 2001 [2]
2002 Last Option 10 Fiona Needham Robin Tate
2003 Kingscliff 6 Richard Young Sally Alner
2004 Earthmover 13 Rilly Goschen Paul Nicholls
2005 Sleeping Night 9 Colman Sweeney Paul Nicholls
2006 Whyso Mayo 9 Damien Murphy Raymond Hurley
2007 Drombeag 9 J. T. McNamara Jonjo O'Neill
2008 Amicelli 9 Oliver Greenall Cherry Coward
2009 Cappa Bleu 7 Richard Burton Sheila Crow
2010 Baby Run 10 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies

1 The race was abandoned in 1949 due to frost, and in 1955 due to snow.
2 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.

References


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 62. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1904 – this race is included under the title Foxhunter Chase.



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