2016 Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup

The Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup represents the culmination of the Hunter Chase season.

The Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup is one of the oldest races to be run at the Cheltenham Festival, and was first run in 1904 when Mr J Widger rode his own horse, Palmy Boy, to victory. The race is a class B chase run over the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup is open to horses aged five and older who have fulfilled a set of qualifying criteria related to experience in foxhunter chases. Horses race a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs and the top three share the richest purse in foxhunter chase racing.

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Betting Odds

Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Winners

Six horses have won the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup on two occasions, with no horse going on to claim three victories in the race. Most recently Double Silk, Fantus and Earthmover have all achieved two wins in the race.

The Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup is regarded as the ‘Gold Cup’ for amateur jockeys. The race is particularly notable for producing female jockey winners, including the first female race winner at the Cheltenham Festival – Caroline Beasley on Eliogarty in 1983. Since then four other female jockeys have gone on to win the race.

Phil Nicholls has been the most successful trainer of Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup winners since the turn of the millennium with two of his horses winning the event.