Foxhunters Steeple Chase Odds

Top Wood handled the attritional conditions best to win the 2019 Foxhunters' Chase.
Top Wood handled the attritional conditions best to win the 2019 Foxhunters' Chase.

Run over the famous Grand National fences, the Foxhunters’ Chase at Aintree is for amateur riders, and regularly proves to be a thrilling spectacle. 

With a large field and a host of difficult fences to negotiate, the Foxhunters’ tends to be a ferocious betting heat, and the latest odds for the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase will be listed below just as soon as they become available.

Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase Tips

 You can find our tip for the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase a little closer to the time. 

What is the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase?

The Foxhunters’ Chase is one of three races to be held over the National fences at the Grand National Festival, and is generally run on the first day. 

Run over a trip of two miles and five furlongs, the race is contested by amateur riders, and sits alongside the Foxhunter Chase at the previous month’s Cheltenham Festival. 

Runners regularly run in both, and the Cheltenham contest can serve as a key pointer to Aintree the following month. 

What happened in the 2019 Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase?

The 2019 renewal of the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase looked an open one, though Road To Rome was all the rage in the betting under National Course specialist Sam Waley-Cohen, having run an excellent race to finish fourth in the Cheltenham equivalent the previous month. 

Road To Rome could only finish fifth, however, leaving the door open for 14/1 shot Top Wood, who pulled clear of the well-fancied Burning Ambition to win by two lengths.

The history of the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase

Established in 1947, the race has enjoyed a long and interesting history, and was originally run over the full Grand National distance. It has been shortened since, and is usually run on the first day of the Grand National meeting. 

A handful of horses have won this race on more than one occasion, though the only runner to win this three times is Credit Call - who did so in 1972, 1975 and 1976. 

Who is the most iconic winner of the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase?

We have seen some excellent winners of this race down the years, though there are perhaps none more iconic than Credit Call, who won the race on three occasions during the 1970s. 

The gruelling nature of the Foxhunters’ means that even a dual winner of the race is rare, so the fact that Credit Call was able to win this in 1972, 1975 and 1976 is a remarkable achievement. 

Are there any trials for for the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase?

There are a number of hunter chase races around the UK and Ireland to follow through the season, and that will give punters an idea of the potential runners. It is also advisable to keep a close eye on the Foxhunter Chase at the previous month’s Cheltenham Festival - with a number of those horses likely to run at Aintree as well.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase?

Sam Waley-Cohen has a remarkable record over the Grand National fences, and has ridden the winner of this race on three occasions. The Gold Cup-winning rider has won the race on Katarino (2005 and 2006) and Warne (2014) at the time of writing.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Foxhunters Steeple Chase?

Arthur Stephenson loved this race, with four wins at Aintree during his career - Sea Knight (1963 and 1965) and Credit Call (1972 and 1975) were the horses to win for Stephenson.

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