Cotswold Chase Odds

The Cotswold Chase is one of the key races on trials day at the Cheltenham Festival and the betting for the race will be hotly contested once again in 2023.

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What is the Cotswold Chase?

The Cotswold Chase is a Grade Two race run over a trip of three miles and one furlongs at Cheltenham racecourse at the end of January.

Currently known as the Betbright Cotswold Chase, there are 21 fences to be jumped during the race which is known as one of the last key trials for the Cheltenham Gold Cup back at the same venue in March.

Festival Trials Day is one of the key fixtures of the entire winter with a card full of excellent races for punters to enjoy with at least half an eye on the four-day spectacular which follows just a few weeks later. Some excellent animals have won the Cotswold Chase over the past 30 years and we are expecting another stellar cast-list to head to Gloucestershire in 2020 aiming for big race glory.

What happened in the 2023 Cotswold Chase?

Lucinda Russell's Ahoy Senor was a gutsy winner of the Cotswold Chase in 2023 as the 13/2 shot got the better of Sounds Russian with Noble Yeats back in third.

The history of the Cotswold Chase

First run in 1980, the Cotswold Chase is one of the best staying chase races of the season in the UK with a number of excellent horses on the roll of honour. 

The Grade Two contest has been known by a number of names down the years including the Tote Double Chase and the Argento Chase and continues to be one of the last trial races of the winter ahead of the Gold Cup at Prestbury Park at the Cheltenham Festival.

As well as being a big race on its own, the Cotswold Chase is  a key trial for the Gold Cup with Looks Like Trouble the last horse to win both races in the same campaign.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Cotswold Chase?

The roll of honour for the Cotswold Chase is an excellent one with a host of brilliant horses claiming the victory at Cheltenham down the years. One Man, See More Business, Looks like Trouble and Neptune Collonges are just a few of the legendary names to have won the race but top of the list has be Many Clouds.

The Oliver Sherwood trained horse won the race twice in 2015 and 2017 with the latter of those successes a memorable day for mixed reasons. The Grand National winner famously beat Thistlecrack in one of the best races of all time before collapsing at the finish line where he lost his life in one of the saddest days of the sport. Those are of course sad memories but the sight of Many Clouds battling up that famous hill will live long in the memory.

Are there any trials for the Cotswold Chase?

There are no specific trials for the Cotswold Chase itself but the road towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup is a clear path and we will often see a number of contenders for the blue-riband race of the season have their final run before the Festival on Trials Day. Trainers tend to use the Cotswold Chase as a test for their potential Gold Cup horses as we saw with Frodon in 2019, after which Paul Nicholls decided to send the horse to the Ryanair Chase and not the Gold Cup.

We could also see horses from the King George head to Trials Day at the end of January.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Cotswold Chase?

The brilliant AP McCoy loved it at Cheltenham and tasted victory in the Cotswold Chase on three occasions during his now-famous career. The multiple champion jockey won the Trials Day contest on Cyfor Malta (1999), Exotic Dancer (2007), and Neptune Collonges (2011).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Cotswold Chase?

Paul Nicholls has won just about every big race there is to win in the sport, including the Cotswold Chase on five occasions which places him top of the tree in terms of records. The Ditcheat handler has won the race with See More Business (1998 + 2001), Taranis (2010), Neptune Collonges (2011), and Frodon (2019) so far and it would be no surprise to see him add to that tally in the near future.

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