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Cross Country Handicap Chase Form

The key form race to review for the best form for the 2016 Cross Country Chase is the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham December meeting. This is one of the only chances during the year that many of the runners will get a chance to race in this fantastic race. There are very few cross country races during the season so any that do take place are well worth keeping a close eye on.

There are certain trainers worth following through the season with Edna Bolger being top of that list, the Irish trainer will always have a good cross country chaser on his books so his runners should be watched very closely.

Cross Country Handicap Racecard/Form 2015

Race OverviewPlenty of these have doubts about them on recent efforts but that doesn't apply to SIRE COLLONGES, who has leading prospects on his good third over C&D in November, has presumably been put by since with this in mind and can land a second C&D win to supplement his success here in December 2013. The veterans Charingworth and the mercurial Chicago Grey have plenty going for them and can (in that order) fill the placings, ahead of Duke Of Lucca, who will be a danger to all if his sometimes iffy jumping holds up. [Mel Cullinan]

Odds provided by Paddypower

1Hey Big SpenderHey Big Spender (IRE)
B Powell
C Tizzard
12 yrs / 166 lbs

CommentHey Big Spender

Weighted to best and was well beaten in this last year in sole previous cross-country run. Old-timer who has been in good form for the most part this season, highlight coming when winning Listed Newcastle handicap for the third time in November; stays 3m5f and this extreme trip is not a concern but weighted to best and was well beaten in this last year in sole previous cross-country run.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
14/02/15ASC 24Sft Cl1 LisChHc,26K164 lbsBrendan Powell4/6 11 1/2l, Carole's Destrier[8/1]11-0 t
17/01/15HAY 25Hy Cl1 G2ChHc,28K164 lbsBrendan PowellPU/12 Samstown[14/1]10-5 t
20/12/14ASC 24GS Cl1 LisChHc,56K161 lbsBrendan Powell4/9 7 1/2l, The Young Master[14/1]10-9
29/11/14NCS 24Sft Cl1 LisChHc,29K166 lbsBrendan Powell1/9 7l+, Lie Forrit[12/1]10-13 t
25/10/14Ain 25Gd Cl2 ChHc,14K166 lbsRichard Johnson3/5 5 1/4l, Lie Forrit[13/2]10-8
2Any CurrencyAny Currency (IRE)
A Coleman
M Keighley
12 yrs / 165 lbs

CommentAny Currency

2nd last year and won over C&D latest; should run well but on a tough mark now. Good record over this C&D includes close second in this last year and decisive win last time out in December; should give a good account again and likely to be somewhere on the premises but, for win purposes, 9lb higher mark than last time (and fully 17lb higher than last year) probably makes him vulnerable.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
12/12/14CHL 31GS Cl2 ChHc,22K154 lbsAidan Coleman1/12 8 3/4l+, Quantitativeeasing[8/1]11-0 h,cp
14/11/14CHL 31Gd Cl2 Ch,16K159 lbsAidan Coleman4/7 5 1/2l, Balthazar King[11/1]11-8 h,cp
16/05/14Ain 25Gd Cl2 ChHc,14K156 lbsIan Popham5/11 16l, Bear's Affair[16/1]11-7 h,cp
12/03/14CHL 31GS Cl2 ChHc,31K148 lbsIan Popham2/16 Balthazar King[10/1]11-12 h,cp
11/01/14WAR 29Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,34K148 lbsIan Popham5/15 14 1/2l, Shotgun Paddy[20/1]11-7 h,cp
3Uncle JuniorUncle Junior (IRE)
Mr P W Mullins
W Mullins
14 yrs / 163 lbs

CommentUncle Junior

Seems best over C&D at the November meeting; not so good in this race. 14yo who has a good record in the conditions event at the November meeting here, including when second in this season's renewal; for some reason, he has been much less effective in handicaps over this C&D, including in this race for last three years, and last time out back in December; opposable for that reason in reapplied cheekpieces.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
12/12/14CHL 31GS Cl2 ChHc,22K161 lbsMr P W Mullins7/12 78l, Any Currency[8/1]11-0
14/11/14CHL 31Gd Cl2 Ch,16K162 lbsMr P W Mullins2/7 1 1/2l, Balthazar King[8/1]11-8
01/05/14PUN 33GF Ch,16K161 lbsMr P W Mullins3/19 12 1/2l, Jacks Island[4/1]11-0
12/03/14CHL 31GS Cl2 ChHc,31K164 lbsMr P W Mullins7/16 32l, Balthazar King[25/1]11-12
02/02/14PUN 28Hy ChHc,17K145 lbsPaul Townend10/18 33l, Folsom Blue[14/1]10-1 cp
4Sire CollongesSire Collonges (FR)
S Twiston-Davies
P Nicholls
9 yrs / 161 lbs

CommentSire Collonges

C&D winner; player for sure if in same form as for November's latest C&D third. Has run well in three of his four runs over C&D, one below-par run in this last year when leading at a decent pace before fading; swapping cheekpieces for first-time blinkers, he put up a good effort when third in conditions event under a more restrained ride over C&D last time in November and, presumably put by with this in mind afterwards, will be a contender for sure if resuming in same form.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
14/11/14CHL 31Gd Cl2 Ch,16K162 lbsSam Twiston-Davies3/7 3 1/4l, Balthazar King[8/1]11-8 bl(1)
18/10/14CHL 25GS Cl2 ChHc,31K161 lbsSam Twiston-DaviesPU/13 Roalco De Farges[11/1]10-11 cp
17/04/14CHL 25Gd Cl2 ChHc,13K166 lbsSam Twiston-Davies3/10 9l, Mon Parrain[12/1]11-4 cp
12/03/14CHL 31GS Cl2 ChHc,31K161 lbsRyan Mahon8/16 33l, Balthazar King[9/1]11-12 cp
13/12/13CHL 31Gd Cl2 ChHc,22K164 lbsRyan Mahon1/13 1/2l, Any Currency[7/1]10-12 cp
5ToutancarmontToutancarmont (FR)
J Plouganou
Mme I Pacault
8 yrs / 159 lbs


Prolific winner at a variety of trips at up to 4m4f in cross country events in France. French form is difficult to evaluate in this context so hard to be dogmatic about his handicap mark; prolific winner at a variety of trips up to 4m4f in cross-country events in France and, looking at his overall record, probably best to excuse an uncharacteristic fall last time; in good form this winter prior to that and no surprise at all to see him involved; tongue-tie on.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
01/02/15Pau 31Hy LisCh,26K150 lbsJonathan PlouganouF/7 Feu Croise[9/10F]10-10
11/01/15Pau 25Hy Ch,15K152 lbsJonathan Plouganou1/3 [EvensF]
25/12/14Pau 28Hy Ch,18K157 lbsJonathan Plouganou2/8 1 1/2l, Touco[2/5F]10-6
06/12/14Pau 23VSft Ch,14K159 lbsJonathan Plouganou1/4 [13/5]
02/04/14Fnt 30VSft Ch,16K159 lbsJonathan Plouganou1/4 [7/10F]
6QuantitativeeasingQuantitativeeasing (IRE)
Ms N Carberry
E Bolger
10 yrs / 156 lbs


Second off this mark to Any Currency in C&D handicap in December; each-way claims. Well beaten on cross-country debut in this last year but did much better when second off this mark to Any Currency in C&D handicap in December; each-way claims on that but disappointing last time and last win was way back in December 2011, so comes with risks attached.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
01/02/15PUN 24Sft Ch,4K158 lbsMark Walsh4/8 8 3/4l, Ballyboker Bridge[8/11F]10-11 cp
12/12/14CHL 31GS Cl2 ChHc,22K154 lbsMark Walsh2/12 12l, Any Currency[16/1]11-0 cp
23/11/14NAV 23Sft HdHc,16K156 lbsNiall P Madden12/14 75l, Pencilhimin[66/1]9-13
17/09/14LIS 24Gd ChHc,80K151 lbsMark Walsh15/18 41l, Your Busy[25/1]9-12 bl(1)
10/09/14GAL 22Gd Ch,12K159 lbsMark Walsh4/6 6 1/2l, Loosen My Load[9/4F]11-0
7Duke Of LuccaDuke Of Lucca (IRE)
R Johnson
P Hobbs
10 yrs / 155 lbs

CommentDuke Of Lucca

Claims on last year's fourth if sometimes iffy jumping holds up. Jumping can let him down, as it did again when unseating over C&D last time in December; has a touch of class relative to most of these and ran well enough when fourth in this last year to be shortlist material for a yard which has won two of the last three runnings with Balthazar King.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
12/12/14CHL 31GS Cl2 ChHc,22K153 lbsRichard JohnsonUR/12 Any Currency[5/1F]11-0 bl,t
08/11/14WCN 25GS Cl1 LisChHc,34K164 lbsRichard Johnson7/18 44l, Court By Surprise[20/1]11-7 bl,t
18/10/14CHL 25GS Cl2 ChHc,31K159 lbsRichard Johnson5/13 12l, Roalco De Farges[7/1]10-11 bl,t
07/09/14Cra 30GS LisCh,30K150 lbsTom O'BrienF/11 Balthazar King[10/1]10-10 t,cp
01/05/14PUN 33GF Ch,16K166 lbsTom O'Brien5/19 18l, Jacks Island[9/4F]11-0 bl,t
8Chicago GreyChicago Grey (IRE)
D J Condon
G Elliott
12 yrs / 153 lbs

CommentChicago Grey

Some aptitude for this over C&D in November 2013; possibilities if the mood takes him. Old-timer who has won just once since taking 4m NH Chase here in 2011; throws in plenty of moderate runs too but did show some aptitude for this over C&D in November 2013 (though well beaten only other C&D run) and possibilities off this mark if the mood takes him; first-time blinkers worn last time (well beaten, in November) are discarded in favour of reapplied cheekpieces.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
23/11/14NAV 24Sft ChHc,50K157 lbsKeith Donoghue17/25 58l, Balbriggan[25/1]9-13 bl,t(1)
15/11/14CHL 27Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,28K158 lbsJason MaguirePU/14 Sam Winner[12/1]11-12 t,cp
18/10/14CHL 25GS Cl2 ChHc,31K153 lbsKevin Sexton4/13 8 1/4l, Roalco De Farges[25/1]10-11 t,cp
13/12/13CHL 31Gd Cl2 ChHc,22K166 lbsMr J J Codd7/13 44l, Sire Collonges[15/2]11-10 t
15/11/13CHL 31Gd Cl2 Ch,16K162 lbsDavy Russell5/11 10 1/2l, Balthazar King[15/2]11-8 t
9Nuage D'AinayNuage D'Ainay (FR)
J Reveley
P Quinton
6 yrs / 150 lbs

CommentNuage D'Ainay

Plenty of experience in cross-country events in France and wasn't beaten far latest. Plenty of experience in cross-country events in France and wasn't beaten far when back from a break last time at Pau in January, so no great surprise to see him run well; stamina unproven at beyond 3m1f (fell sole attempt, at 3m6f); only a 6yo so should have less battle scars than some of these too.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
15/01/15Pau 23VSft Ch,11K159 lbsThomas Beaurain4/5 2l, Qaran Le Rouge[68/10]10-6
07/09/14Cra 30GS LisCh,30K150 lbsJessy BlandamourF/11 Balthazar King[23/1]10-10
17/08/14Lpr 25GF Ch,10K154 lbsJessy Blandamour2/5 1 1/2l, Pasquini Rouge10-12
01/05/14Lel 21VSft 5-6yCh,8K161 lbsHugo Merienne5/5 8 1/2l, Bayadene[7/2]11-0
07/04/14Lel 22GS 5-6yCh,9K157 lbsThomas Beaurain2/5 3l, Fulleren[3/1F]11-3
10Rivage D'OrRivage D'Or (FR)
D N Russell
A Martin
10 yrs / 150 lbs

CommentRivage D'Or

Pulled up latest, in a point in November; stamina to prove beyond 3m1f. Of interest on last summer's form for Dessie Hughes on park courses but fell on last start for him in August and was pulled up in sole start since, in a point in November; stamina to prove beyond 3m1f (one start at 3m6f was inconclusive) and has some questions to answer overall on debut in this sphere; tongue-tie back on.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
01/08/14GAL 22Y ChHc,14K152 lbsKevin SextonF/20 Aranhill Chief[12/1]10-2
18/07/14KLB 25Gd ChHc,27K149 lbsShane Shortall2/12 3 1/2l, Caim Hill[8/1]11-4
09/06/14ROS 24Gd ChHc,14K149 lbsKevin Sexton7/15 13l, Golden Kite[6/1]10-10
01/06/14KLB 25Gd ChHc,9K159 lbsKevin Sexton1/11 2l+, Zardsky[12/1]10-13
16/05/14KLB 25Gd ChHc,9K159 lbsGer Fox4/10 19l, Raajih[12/1]11-10
11DogoraDogora (FR)
Ms K Walsh
W Mullins
6 yrs / 150 lbs


Fair mark but yet to win over fences and stamina is a concern. Quite useful dual winning juvenile hurdler a couple of seasons ago; chase career so far has been underwhelming and he is nought from eight, but he is on a fair mark on very best park course form; stamina is a major issue - latest 2m5f Fairyhouse second at 4-9 was disappointing and well beaten on sole completed start at 3m - and a fair few questions to answer on debut in this sphere.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
21/02/15FAI 21Sft Ch,9K166 lbsR Walsh2/6 1/2l, Smokey Joe Joe[4/9F]11-7
18/01/15LEO 21Sft ChHc,47K151 lbsR Walsh5/15 16l, Foxrock[12/1]11-8
27/12/14LEO 24Hy ChHc,89K156 lbsR WalshF/26 Living Next Door[16/1]10-9
23/11/14NAV 24Sft ChHc,50K157 lbsR Walsh12/25 19 1/2l, Balbriggan[16/1]9-13
06/04/14FAI 17Sft NvChHc,27K161 lbsPaul TownendPU/13 Some Tikket[10/1]11-3
12Ipsos Du BerlaisIpsos Du Berlais (FR)
G Fox
N Meade
9 yrs / 148 lbs

CommentIpsos Du Berlais

Claims on his best but 1 from 16 over fences and opposable on recent form. Interesting on his third in very valuable Leopardstown handicap in December 2013 and 3m5f Fairyhouse second the same month; however, just one from 16 over fences and recent form, last time running just respectably in Punchestown cross-country event, leaves him with something to prove.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
01/02/15PUN 24Sft Ch,4K160 lbsGer Fox5/8 9 1/4l, Ballyboker Bridge[7/1]10-11 cp
22/01/15GOW 25Hy ChHc,47K140 lbsGer FoxUR/17 Djakadam[28/1]11-10 bl
27/12/14LEO 24Hy ChHc,89K142 lbsGer Fox11/26 27l, Living Next Door[25/1]10-9 bl
30/11/14FAI 29Y/Sft ChHc,16K153 lbsGer Fox7/13 15 1/2l, Embracing Change[33/1]10-0 bl
15/11/14PUN 24Y Ch,7K158 lbsGer Fox6/9 63l, Love Rory[5/1]12-0 cp
13CharingworthCharingworth (IRE)
Mr H Bannister
K Bailey
12 yrs / 146 lbs


Definite claims on best form; cross-country debut at the age of 12. Makes his cross-country debut at the age of 12, while he was pulled up last time too; however, overall pretty consistent this season and last and, on his win in 3m1f amateur riders' contest off only 2lb lower here in November, he does have definite form chance; worth considering.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
08/02/15EXE 24GS Cl2 ChHc,19K150 lbsJason MaguirePU/14 Soll[14/1]10-8
01/01/15CHL 26GS Cl2 ChHc,13K157 lbsAidan Coleman6/13 16 1/2l, Mon Parrain[12/1]11-7
12/12/14CHL 26GS Cl1 G3ChHc,26K142 lbsMr H A A Bannister4/10 13 1/2l, Benbane Head[7/1]9-11
14/11/14CHL 25Sft Cl3 ChHc,12K154 lbsMr H A A Bannister1/11 31 3/4l+, Benbens[5/1]11-9
17/10/14CHL 25Gd Cl3 ChHc,7K162 lbsMr H A A Bannister2/13 4 1/2l, The Young Master[7/1]11-8
14Rose Of The MoonRose Of The Moon (IRE)
J Greenall
D O'Meara
10 yrs / 144 lbs

CommentRose Of The Moon

Not at best this season and jumping can be a bit iffy; decent mark. Not at his best this season and jumping can be a bit iffy, so doubts as to whether this test will be for him; has dropped to a good mark though and should stay (3m3f winner as a novice), so not totally impossible.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
12/02/15KEL 26GS Cl2 Ch,13K152 lbsDenis O'Regan4/4 51l, Holywell[10/1]11-8 cp
25/01/15SED 20Sft Cl3 ChHc,6K160 lbsJake Greenall4/9 29l, Sa Suffit[8/1]11-9 cp
26/12/14WET 25GS Cl1 G3ChHc,23K153 lbsJake Greenall6/11 21l, Dolatulo[8/1]11-4 cp
22/11/14HAY 25Sft Cl2 ChHc,22K159 lbsJake GreenallPU/11 According To Trev[12/1]10-11
26/04/14SAN 29GS Cl1 G3ChHc,85K144 lbsJake GreenallPU/19 Hadrian's Approach[20/1]11-0 cp
15Are Ya Right ChiefAre Ya Right Chief (IRE)
D E Mullins
W Mullins
10 yrs / 143 lbs

CommentAre Ya Right Chief

Off since well held run in last April; nought from six over fences; should stay. Each-way claims on his staying-on third in 3m4f Punchestown handicap last season; however, he's been off since well held last April, is nought from six over fences and slower ground is preferable, so doubts about him on cross-country debut.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
06/04/14FAI 25Sft ChHc,12K154 lbsPaul Townend8/19 43l, Jupitor[11/1]10-10 cp
15/03/14UTT 33GS Cl1 LisChHc,57K140 lbsD J CaseyPU/16 Goulanes[10/1]10-3
02/02/14PUN 28Hy ChHc,17K136 lbsDanny Mullins3/18 5 3/4l, Folsom Blue[16/1]10-1
31/12/13PUN 24Hy Ch,7K166 lbsPaul Townend6/9 72l, Rogue Angel[16/1]11-11
28/05/13BAL 17Sft/Hy Ch,6K166 lbsPaul Townend5/13 14 1/2l, Rebel Fitz[7/1]11-12
16Master RajeemMaster Rajeem (USA)
M D Grant
N King
6 yrs / 141 lbs

CommentMaster Rajeem

In form; this is a lot more competitive and he looks highly vulnerable; stays 3m3f. Novice who has been running well in small fields at minor tracks but this is a lot more competitive and he looks highly vulnerable; stays 3m3f and good chance this trip will be within range.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
25/01/15SED 27Sft Cl3 NvChHc,7K155 lbsMark Grant2/5 8l, Sir Mangan[15/8F]10-7
13/01/15FAK 24Hy Cl4 ChHc,5K168 lbsMark Grant2/5 16l, Shinooki[11/10F]10-11
06/01/15SED 27Sft Cl4 ChHc,4K166 lbsMark Grant1/7 26l+, Basford Ben[9/2]10-9
10/12/14LEI 23GS Cl4 ChHc,5K161 lbsTrevor Whelan4/7 17 1/2l, The Musical Guy[7/2]11-8 cp
30/11/14LEI 23GS Cl4 ChHc,6K161 lbsMark Grant3/11 14l, The Ould Lad[12/1]11-10

There are a number of key trial races for the Cross Country Festival race and as they happen, we will be updating the form guide.

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