Due to restrictions, professional jockeys will replace the regular amateurs for this race this season.
The Irish continue to dominate in this sphere and quite possibly will again this time around too.
For form coming into this it often pays to follow those who contested either the Down Royal Hunter Chase on Boxing Day or the Champion Hunter Chase at last season’s Punchestown Festival.
Statistics wise horses aged eleven or older have won just five times in the last thirty renewals and eight of the last seventeen winners contested this race the previous season.
It often pays to back last time out winners in this race as they have won twenty-five of the last thirty-five renewals.
Previous Winners of the Foxhunters Chase
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Foxhunters Chase 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Billaway – Willie Mullins
Billaway was sent off as favourite for this race last season and ran a great race to get second behind It Came To Pass.
Despite a couple of dodgy errors, he got back to winning ways at Down Royal and followed that up with another success at Naas.
He bids to become the youngest horse to win this since Tammy’s Hill back in 2014 and seems to be the one they all have to beat.
Bob And Co – Paul Nicholls
Bob And Co has talent in abundance but has no prior experience of this track.
He made a successful winning reappearance at Haydock last month when justifying favouritism to get the better of Wishing And Hoping.
He is prone to the odd jumping error and that could prove costly in a race of this nature.
Looks to be up against it.
It Came To Pass – Eugine O’Sullivan
It Came To Pass provided a 66/1 shock in this last year and just hasn’t looked the same horse since.
He unseated his rider most recently in a hunter chase at Thurles and that is hardly ideal.
He would certainly appreciate any drying out of the ground, but would need to show significantly improvement to reverse recent form with the likes of Billaway and Mighty Stowaway.
Staker Wallace – Enda Bolger
Stalker Wallace is extremely consistent and finished a good fourth in this race last year.
He finished second in two runs this season before shedding his maiden status in hunter chases at Limerick back in December.
He put in another smart performance when just out battled by Billaway at Naas on his most recent start.
Will have learned plenty from this race last year and he just gives the impression that this could well be his year.
Red Indian – Kelly Morgan
Red Indian comes here on the back of two good wins under his belt.
He seems to have adapted to life under his new trainer quite well and he has to be a contender here.
The style of his wins in his two most recent outings have been visually impressive.
The only reservation I have is that he has never seemed to take to this course, especially when racing with Ben Pauling or Kelly Morgan.
Hazel Hill – Mel Rowley
Hazel Hill is a previous winner of this race and is remarkably consistent.
He has been a magnificent servant to the Rowley’s’ throughout the years and comes here once more in top form.
He has a real love of this particular track and if he can recapture any of his youth one last time, he would be the one to side with.
With all of the unknowns coming into this, he looks each-way material.
Latenightpass – Tom Ellis
Latenightpass produced a tremendous front running performance to win at Warwick last time to just get the better of Highway Jewel.
He is a previous course winner here which will be an extra advantage and he is still only an eight-year-old.
In every likelihood there is more to come from him and he is not out of place in this line-up.
Chameron – Sam Loxton
Chameron is extremely lightly raced in this sphere but won at Leicester with a view to coming here.
He was held up in behind the leader that day and slowly crept into the race.
He won going away in the end but his inexperience of this race will count against him.
Part owned by champion trainer Paul Nicholls, but he looks to have a lot on his plate.
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2021 Foxhunters Chase Tips
Billaway is taken to improve again having won the key trials at Down Royal and Naas in the run up to this.
He has vital proven experience in the race and looks the perfect age to perhaps build a high profile for himself in this sphere.
It is hard to dismiss the chances of Hazel Hill too, has been a credit to his connections.
It would be fantastic if he could roll back the years to grab at least a place in what is ultimately the twilight of his career.
Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication
- 11/4 Billaway
- 4/1 Bob And Co
- 15/2 It Came To Pass
- 9/1 Red Indian
- 10/1 Staker Wallace
- 16/1 Hazel Hill
- 16/1 Latenightpass
- 16/1 Chameron