The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup

The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup
Introduced 1904
Racecourse Cheltenham, New Course
Race Distance Approximately 3 miles & 2 1/2 furlongs
Entry Conditions Horses aged 5 and older
Current Sponsor St James’s Place
Date & Time Day 4 / Friday 13th March 2020 / 16:10
Leading Jockey Coleman Sweeney with 3 wins
Leading Trainer Richard Barber & Paul Nicholls with 4 wins

The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup takes place on the New Course at Cheltenham and is run over the same distance and circuit as the Gold Cup which is why it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Amateur Gold Cup’. There are twenty-two fences featured over a course distance of approximately 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs.

The race was introduced in 1904 and is open to horses aged 5 and over. In order to compete in the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup, horse must have either finished in 1st or 2nd place in two hunter chases, have won an open point-to-point race and finished 1st or 2nd in a hunter chase or have won two open point-to-point races.

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St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2019 1st Hazel Hill 11 7-2F P Rowley A Edwards  
  2nd Shanta Flyer 9 7-1 R Hobson D Maxwell 4 Lengths
  3rd Top Wood 12  33-1 K Morgan T Worsley 7 Lengths
2018 1st Pacha Du Polder 11 14-1 P F Nicholls H C Tucker  
  2nd Top Wood 11 20-1 K Morgan S Davies-Thomas Neck
  3rd Barel Of Laughs 12 20-1 P Rowley A Edwards 3 1/4 Lengths
2017 1st  Pacha Du Polder 10 16-1 P F Nicholls B Frost  
  2nd Wonderful Charm 9 7-2 P F Nicholls K Walsh Neck
  3rd Barel Of Laughs 11 100-1 P Rowley A Edwards Neck
2016 1st  On The Fringe 11 13-8 E Bolger N Carberry  
  2nd Marito 10 14-1 C A McBratney N McParlan Neck
  3rd Paint The Clouds 11 9-2 W Greatrex S Waley-Cohen 1 Length
2015 1st  On The Fringe 10 6-1 E Bolger N Carberry  
  2nd Following Dreams 8 50-1 A Ralph S Drinkwater 17 Lengths
  3rd Paint The Clouds 10 11-4 W Greatrex S Waley-Cohen Neck

St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Trends

  • 8 of the last 10 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup winners were priced at 15/2 or less
  • 25 of the last 29 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup winners were under 11 years old
  • 9 of the last 10 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup winners were 8-10 years old
  • 11 of the last 12 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup winners had a top 3 finish last time out

St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Betting Offers

There are a range of betting offers available from online bookies for the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup. Offers such as extra places, best odds guaranteed, enhanced odds and free bets are available for most races taking place at the Cheltenham Festival including the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup.

You’ll find a full list of St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup betting offers below. Click on an offer to read more.

We’ll be updating these offers throughout the festival so please make sure you check back on the day of the race for more betting offers & promotions.

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