Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

We preview the Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase which is scheduled to take place on Day 4 of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Hand Inn Hand jumps a fence during the Red Rum Handicap Steelplechase.

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DateFriday, March 18, 2022
Start Time15:40 (GMT+0)
Distance3m 2½f
Where to WatchCheltenham live stream
Horses’ Age5+ Years.
Cheltenham Festival Day 4: Foxhunter Chase

The St. James’s Place Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is a prominent, ungraded National Hunt chase for amateur riders. The event traditionally takes place on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival. In 2022, it’s set for Friday, March 18th, after the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

It’s held on the same track as the Gold Cup. That, combined with its ungraded status and amateur riders, have earned it the nickname “amateur Gold Cup.” It’s quite a historic race, dating all the way back to 1904. As with all events at Cheltenham, it draws considerable attention from punters.

Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase: Tips and Predictions

Note: the predictions below refer to the 2021 running of this race – preview will be updated closer to the beginning of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

The ‘Gold Cup for amateurs’ sadly misses those participants in 2021. Billaway was second to shock winner It Came To Pass 12 months ago, the former is much better placed to be in the mix again. Fourth last year was Stand Up And Fight. Enda Bolger’s charge has close ties with Billaway, though is yet to master him. LATENIGHTPASS is a former C&D winner and the point-to-point regular made it 2-2 in this sphere with his Warwick wins last month. He’s worth an each-way play under Bridget Andrews.

Enda McElhinney’s Selection: Latenightpass

2021 Winner: Porlock Bay (Lorcan Williams) 16/1

Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase: Betting Odds

Betting odds for the 2022 event will be added closer to the event.

Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase: Recent Winners

2021Porlock BayLorcan WilliamsW Biddick
2020It Came to PassMaxine O’SullivanEugene O’Sullivan
2019Hazel HillAlex EdwardsPhilip Rowley
2018Pacha Du PolderHarriet TuckerPaul Nicholls
2017Pacha Du PolderBryony FrostPaul Nicholls
2016On The FringeNina CarberryEnda Bolger
Source: Wikipedia

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