2023 Cross Country Handicap Chase Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Love it or hate it, the 2022 Cross Country Chase always attracts lots of horse racing bets and this encounter follows hard on the heels of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We will see the runners and riders compete over various obstacles and many of them are set up in the middle of the racecourse where the horses have to stand up before a fast finish.

Tiger Roll will be the Cheltenham betting tip for many and the Gordon Elliott-trained horse has two Grand Nationals under his belt, although Prengarde could be the runner to take all the beating and there’s another strong French contender in the form of Easysland.

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2022 Cross Country Chase Betting Tips

Tiger Roll might have won two Grand Nationals at Aintree Racecourse, although the horse has fared even better when it comes to the Cross Country Chase betting tips. The Gigginstown-owned runner first won this race in 2018 and went on to defend his crown in 2019. Despite an underwhelming performance in 2020, the popular champ claim a third triumph a year later.

Gordon Elliott is back training the horse for the Cheltenham Festival and the crowds will cheer on a horse who hasn’t produced any sort of form since winning the 2021 Cross Country Chase. Last March, he enjoyed an eighteen length win over Easysland, although then went to Aintree and finished a long way behind eventual winner Clan Des Obeaux.

The horse was never travelling before being pulled up in the Unibet Many Clouds Chase in early December, while there was nothing to suggest he was pulling up any trees in the Navan Handicap Hurdle, although Tiger Roll betting odds for this clash look altogether different.

Prengarde Cheltenham Betting Favourite to Win

Prengarde is a talented six-year-old who will be one of the younger runners in this Cheltenham Festival race. The French-trained runner has won four of his past five races leading into this encounter and looks suitably handy when it comes to taking on the more established rivals.

The big question is the fact that the horse has never made an appearance at a UK racecourse although he should be able to perform at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, with the horse being sent off as the even money favourite to win the Grand Steeple-Chase-Cross-Country de Compiegne before obliging by eight lengths.

Easysland is the other Cheltenham betting tip that is sure to be among the leading contenders and this horse was victorious in 2020, although he was sent off as the even money betting favourite in the 2021 Cross Country Chase before finding Tiger Roll too hot to handle.

Is Easysland a Cheltenham Festival Banker?

Punters are always looking for Cheltenham bankers and there aren’t many horses trading as short as Easysland for their respective races right now, with the runner available at around the 2/1 mark and you can expect these odds to shorten as we get closer to the race providing that the horse remains entered.

The six-year-old destroyed the field in last year’s race and continued an impressive winning run although backers were disappointed when the horse made a seasonal debut at Cheltenham in November and could only finish fourth behind Kingswell Theatre, Beau Du Brizais and Potters Corner.

Nevertheless, perhaps the horse needed a run considering the big delay from the previous race and there will be plenty of punters expecting the horse to show his true colours when it comes to the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Can Tiger Roll Bounce Back From Disappointing Runs?

Tiger Roll is the twice winner of the Grand National and a true

legend, although the ten-year-old might be getting somewhat long in the tooth and the last two performances have been disappointing – three if you include the defeat to Easysland in the Cross Country Chase.

The horse wasn’t expected to win a Maiden race at Navan considering it was very much a run-out for Tiger Roll, although the Gordon Elliott charge was pulled up in the November Cross Country and there’s a big question mark over whether the horse will turn up for the Festival in March.

Can Potters Corner Deliver a Victory?

Potters Corner was third in the November Cross Country Chase and therefore has to be respected, with the Christian Williams-trained charge having previously won the Coral Welsh National and therefore has the capability to negotiate the many obstacles this race throws up along with plenty of stamina.

The horse has now beaten race favourite Easysland at Cheltenham and has the potential to triumph again, with Amazing Comedy and Some Neck next in the betting and it could be worth opposing the market leader.

The Cross Country Chase is one of the more recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival, with the race inaugurated in 2005 and this is one of the longer heats of the meeting, with the distance spanning three miles and six furlongs.

Trainer Enda Bolger has had plenty of joy in the race, with Spotthedifference being the first ever winner and the Irish trainer also enjoyed success with Garde Champetre on two occasions.

More recently, Gordon Elliott has been very successful in the Cross Country Chase, with Cause Of Causes winning in 2017, while Tiger Roll has claimed the last two renewals and could be back at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival to rule the roost.

Tiger Roll has famously won the Grand National on consecutive occasions and it’s likely that the 10-year-old will compete at the Festival before heading to Aintree in search of a historic treble.

The Tiger is likely to be a warm order to win the Cross Country and early birds might want to back the horse at a decent 2/1 now rather than wait until closer to the race where you might find the price has shrunk considerably.

We can’t forget how comfortable it was for Tiger Roll in this race last year and it’s unlikely that any horse in the field is likely to be much of a match.

Ladbrokes are as short as 5/4 with Ladbrokes that the horse lands a Cross Country hat-trick at Cheltenham, although owner Michael O’Leary is his own man and there’s never any certainty that the horse will line up.

Perhaps Yanworth is the horse that might give Tiger Roll some competition, with Enda Bolger having proved adept at schooling other winners in this race and this is a horse that has previously run in Champion Hurdles and World Hurdles at the Festival.

The ten-year-old was impressive at Punchestown recently when winning over three miles and Bolger is now going to try him over the different obstacles in the hope of landing the spoils.

Urgent De Gregaine is available at 12/1 and we should expect another bold showing from a horse that is familiar with cross-country racing, while Edwulf is another interesting competitor.