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Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase

Ungraded race
Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 2005
Race type Chase
Sponsor Glenfarclas
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 3m 7f (6,236 metres)
Track Turf
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £45,000 (2010)
1st: £28,179

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase is a National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the Cross-Country Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles and 7 furlongs (6,236 metres), and during its running there are thirty-two obstacles to be cleared. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The event was established when a fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005. It is now one of three cross-country chases held at Cheltenham – the others take place in November and December. All three were originally sponsored by Sporting Index, and in the 2007–08 season they were backed by BGC. The whisky distillery Glenfarclas began supporting the series in 2008–09.



Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Garde Champetre – 2008, 2009

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Nina Carberry – Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008, 2009)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Enda Bolger – Spot Thedifference (2005), Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008, 2009)


  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr", "Miss" etc.







2005 Spot Thedifference 12 11-12 Mr J. T. McNamara Enda Bolger
2006 Native Jack 12 10-08 Davy Russell Philip Rothwell
2007 Heads Onthe Ground 10 10-02 Miss Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
2008 Garde Champetre 9 10-13 Miss Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
2009 Garde Champetre 10 11-12 Miss Nina Carberry Enda Bolger
2010 A New Story 12 09-07 Adrian Heskin Michael Hourigan


See also

  • Glenfarclas Single Malt
  • Recurring sporting events established in 2005 – included under its original title, Sporting Index Cross Country H'cap Chase.


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