2025 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Friday, 14 March 2025

There’s a strong test of stamina when it comes to the St. James's Place Festival Hunter Chase, with Ferns Lock and Its On The Line regarded as the market leaders by the Cheltenham Festival betting sites. The former has performed well as a seven-year-old this season and the same applies to the latter who boasts three consecutive victories.

However, the racing odds suggest that we’ll have an open encounter over this long distance and Famous Clermont is a backable each-way price, while Billaway and Premier Magic could also have a say in which horse wins the race. Rocky’s Howya and Winged Leader are others that could hit the frame.

Its On The Line
Its On The Line
3.50
Its On The Line
Its On The Line
Best Odds3.50
All Odds5/2
Sine Nomine
Sine Nomine
7.00
Sine Nomine
Sine Nomine
Best Odds7.00
All Odds6/1
Romeo Magico
Romeo Magico
8.00
Romeo Magico
Romeo Magico
Best Odds8.00
All Odds7/1
Ferns Lock
Ferns Lock
13.00
Ferns Lock
Ferns Lock
Best Odds13.00
All Odds12/1
Famous Clermont
Famous Clermont
13.00
Famous Clermont
Famous Clermont
Best Odds13.00
All Odds12/1
Premier Magic
Premier Magic
15.00
Premier Magic
Premier Magic
Best Odds15.00
All Odds14/1
Gaboriot
Gaboriot
15.00
Gaboriot
Gaboriot
Best Odds15.00
All Odds14/1
Fairly Famous
Fairly Famous
15.00
Fairly Famous
Fairly Famous
Best Odds15.00
All Odds14/1
Hitak
Hitak
17.00
Hitak
Hitak
Best Odds17.00
All Odds16/1
Regatta De Blanc
Regatta De Blanc
17.00
Regatta De Blanc
Regatta De Blanc
Best Odds17.00
All Odds16/1
Stratagem
Stratagem
17.00
Stratagem
Stratagem
Best Odds17.00
All Odds16/1
Fier Jaguen
Fier Jaguen
17.00
Fier Jaguen
Fier Jaguen
Best Odds17.00
All Odds16/1
Annamix
Annamix
21.00
Annamix
Annamix
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Cap Du Mathan
Cap Du Mathan
21.00
Cap Du Mathan
Cap Du Mathan
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Au Fleuron
Au Fleuron
21.00
Au Fleuron
Au Fleuron
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Tigerbythetail
Tigerbythetail
21.00
Tigerbythetail
Tigerbythetail
Best Odds21.00
All Odds20/1
Apple Away
Apple Away
26.00
Apple Away
Apple Away
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Billaway
Billaway
26.00
Billaway
Billaway
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Rebel Dawn Rising
Rebel Dawn Rising
26.00
Rebel Dawn Rising
Rebel Dawn Rising
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Secret Investor
Secret Investor
26.00
Secret Investor
Secret Investor
Best Odds26.00
All Odds25/1
Grand Roi
Grand Roi
34.00
Grand Roi
Grand Roi
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Spyglass Hill
Spyglass Hill
34.00
Spyglass Hill
Spyglass Hill
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Drop Flight
Drop Flight
34.00
Drop Flight
Drop Flight
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
The Big Lense
The Big Lense
34.00
The Big Lense
The Big Lense
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Espoir De Guye
Espoir De Guye
34.00
Espoir De Guye
Espoir De Guye
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Time Leader
Time Leader
34.00
Time Leader
Time Leader
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Vaucelet
Vaucelet
34.00
Vaucelet
Vaucelet
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Lalor
Lalor
34.00
Lalor
Lalor
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Another Furlough
Another Furlough
34.00
Another Furlough
Another Furlough
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Quintin's Man
Quintin's Man
34.00
Quintin's Man
Quintin's Man
Best Odds34.00
All Odds33/1
Wyenot
Wyenot
41.00
Wyenot
Wyenot
Best Odds41.00
All Odds40/1
Instit
Instit
41.00
Instit
Instit
Best Odds41.00
All Odds40/1
Lieutenant Rocco
Lieutenant Rocco
41.00
Lieutenant Rocco
Lieutenant Rocco
Best Odds41.00
All Odds40/1
Tea Clipper
Tea Clipper
41.00
Tea Clipper
Tea Clipper
Best Odds41.00
All Odds40/1
Cat Tiger
Cat Tiger
41.00
Cat Tiger
Cat Tiger
Best Odds41.00
All Odds40/1
D'jango
D'jango
51.00
D'jango
D'jango
Best Odds51.00
All Odds50/1
Ramillies
Ramillies
67.00
Ramillies
Ramillies
Best Odds67.00
All Odds66/1

2024 St. James's Place Festival Hunter Chase Tips

St. James's Place Festival Hunter Chase is the fifth race to take place on the Cheltenham Festival racecard for Day Four, with as many as nineteen runners lining up to battle it out for the spoils. Ferns Lock runs for trainer D M Christie and the seven-year-old was able to win at Thurles last time out, with that coming after a runner-up spot at Down Royal on Boxing Day.

There was plenty to like about his latest victory when sent off as the 8/15 favourite before triumphing by eight lengths over three miles of soft ground. However, Its On The Line also has a strong record this year and will be bidding for a fourth consecutive win at the Festival, having landed a string of victories coming into this heat.

Emmet Mullins trains a runner who was last seen triumphing at Naas in February, with the horse claiming a slender Hunters’ Chase victory over Billaway when being sent off as the odds-on favourite. Previously to this, the horse won that Boxing Day encounter when beating favourite Ferns Lock by half a length and it could be the same two horses battling it out here.

Famous Clermont is also among the favourites and the nine-year-old was last seen finishing third out of nine runners at Larkhill, although some punters will remember that the horse won the Foxhunters’ Open Chase at Aintree back in April, with this form suggesting that the runner has the credentials to go close in this race.


2023 St. James's Place Festival Challenge Cup Betting Tips

We’ve got another test of stamina and jumping over the big obstacles when it comes to Race 5 on the final day of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, with Vaucelet having been elevated to the head of the betting market after a series of impressive performances. The eight-year-old claimed a victory by a neck over three miles at Down Royal, with that coming on soft ground.

However, Ferns Lock could be a more attractive price to some punters and there was plenty to like about the horse’s most recent performance in a Hunters’ Chase at Thurles Racecourse, with Billaway being beaten by twenty lengths and that came after a similar type of win in a point to point encounter at Fairyhouse.

Winged Leader is no stranger to Cheltenham and finished second to Billaway in this race last year, with the horse only beaten by a neck and perhaps he’s poised to go one better after a smart season thus far. There was a win at Cragmore at the end of January and that was followed by another victory when being sent off at odds-on at Farmaclaffley.

Famous Clermont comes next in the betting and there has also been money for Billaway who was able to win last year for trainer Willie Mullins. However, the horse isn’t getting any better at the age of 11 and it could be worth monitoring the price movements ahead of the off considering that there isn’t any rock solid form to go off right now.


When you look at the best Cheltenham Festival betting odds, you will see that Willie Mullins is the favourite on the Cheltenham Top Trainer betting market. In addition to some of the other big races, the Irish handler also has the betting favourite for some of the other races and it includes this chase race which takes place on Day Four of the meeting.

Patrick Mullins gave the horse a solid spin for his father in a Hunters Chase at Naas Racecourse, with the runner having been sent off as the 2/1 betting favourite for this Cheltenham race twelve months ago only to lose to Porlock Bay by a short head.

The horse ran at Aintree shortly after the Cheltenham meeting, with the runner finishing fifth in the Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase. The horse also finished second behind Winged Leader when being sent off at odds-on at Thurles and punters will be wary of punting a horse that regularly falls short.

Winged Leader looks a more viable winner and there is better each-way Cheltenham betting odds when it comes to an eight-year-old who has racked up four consecutive wins this season. Beating Billaway by twelve lengths at Thurles was an impressive turnout, with big improvement potentially to come from a runner who is unproven at the Festival.

There are a couple of eleven-year-old runners who are also trading at a bigger price, with Bob And Co one of them. Paul Nicholls will saddle this horse and it was impressive when winning the Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Chase at Punchestown, with the horse finishing second in the Pertemps Network Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters' Chase at Stratford. He’s been wrapped in cotton wool up to now.

Staker Wallace runs in the famous green and gold colours of owner JP McManus and it will be interesting to see why trainer Enda Bolger thinks the horse can run over a long distance and win such a big Cheltenham betting race. The runner finished third in this race last season and could be a good bet.


The Foxhunter Chase is always an exciting race at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, with consecutive winners having been commonplace in the past few years.

On The Fringe was the successive winner in 2015 and 2016, with Enda Bolger getting his charge primed for the big obstacles on both occasions, while Paul Nicholls repeated the trick with Pacha Du Polder in 2017 and 2018.

This race is a real test of stamina considering it takes place over three miles and two furlongs, while the ground is almost certain to have some cut in it considering the winter rainfall.

The fact that amateur riders are on board adds an extra ingredient, although Hazel Hill won the renewal in 2019 and perhaps this horse could be the latest double winner.

Philip Rowley trained this horse to victory twelve months ago and it appears the horse will be sent off as favourite, with the twelve-year-old landing a four-length victory on good-to-soft ground last year.

The horse then returned to Cheltenham a few weeks later and won again at short odds, although Hazel Hill was recently seen off by Minella Rocco at Wetherby and it’s the latter who has to be considered as a lively runner for this event.

The ten-year-old has won on his past two outings and this is a horse that finished second in a Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017, with Sizing John proving too good for him although that’s an excellent pedigree for those looking to follow this horse.

There have been some tough times for the runner in the ensuing years, although that victory over Hazel Hill along with his Cheltenham class means we’re going to plump for him this time around.