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 2016

Race OverviewBalthazar King, winner of this when it was a handicap in 2012 and 2014, would be a major player if at the top of his game on his first run since last year's Grand National, but he suffered a horrible fall then and it remains to be seen if that has left its mark. JOSIES ORDERS won both cross-country races here at the end of last year and is fancied to make it three out of three over C&D under the excellent Nina Carberry. Stablemate Cantlow is open to lots of improvement in this sphere judged on his old form and is feared most, while trainer Enda Bolger and owner JP McManus could well be celebrating a one-two-three with Quantitativeeasing also fancied to go well. Any Currency also has sound each-way claims, while Third Intention is the highest rated horse in the race but there is a big doubt about his stamina.[Ben Hutton]

Odds provided by Paddypower

1Any CurrencyAny Currency (IRE)
A Coleman
M Keighley
13 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentAny Currency

Rare bad run over this C&D last time having been runner-up in this for the last two years. Rare bad run over this C&D when last seen in December, and weight carried on this unique course not as crucial as in regulation races, but worth noting that he's 23lb better off with Josies Orders than when second to that rival over C&D in November; runner-up in this for the last two years (when it was a handicap; good/good to soft) and could again have a big part to play; usual hood left off.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K162 lbsRichard Johnson8/14 81l, Josies Orders[5/2F]11-8 h,cp
13/11/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K165 lbsAidan Coleman2/16 1 1/4l, Josies Orders[9/1]10-2 h,cp
25/10/15Ain 24Gd Cl2 ChHc,19K150 lbsAidan Coleman4/8 19l, Benbens[13/2]11-0 h,cp
14/05/15Lel 36VSft LisCh,39K150 lbsAidan Coleman3/10 8l, Kick On[11/2]10-10 cp
11/03/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,38K165 lbsAidan Coleman2/16 2 1/4l, Rivage D'Or[7/1]10-10 h,cp
2Ballyboker BridgeBallyboker Bridge (IRE)
A E Lynch
P Maher
9 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentBallyboker Bridge

Won at Punchestown in January and third over C&D in December; more needed. Lightly raced under rules and he arrives on the back of a cross-country win at Punchestown in January; the experience gained on his C&D debut in December could help him improve upon that 14l third, but he's held by Josies Orders and Sire Collonges on that form and quite a bit more is needed.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
31/01/16PUN 24Sft/Hy Ch,4K165 lbsA E Lynch1/12 4 1/4l, Cantlow[9/2]11-4 cp
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K156 lbsA E Lynch3/14 14l, Josies Orders[28/1]11-8 cp
14/11/15PUN 24Sft Ch,6K163 lbsA E Lynch6/16 21l, Quantitativeeasing[12/1]11-4 cp
15/05/15KLB 24Gd/Y NvHd,7K158 lbsDavy Russell5/6 22l, Duckweed[7/2]10-11 cp
30/04/15PUN 33Gd Ch,15K159 lbsMr G L MurphyF/14 Uncle Junior[12/1]11-7 cp
3Balthazar KingBalthazar King (IRE)
R Johnson
P Hobbs
12 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentBalthazar King

First run since horrible fall in last year's National; won this race in 2012 and 2014. First run since suffering broken ribs and a punctured lung after falling in last year's Grand National; has won over this C&D four times, including this race in 2012 and 2014, and a major player if he's recovered from his horrible experience in April, but those tribulations are a concern.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
11/04/15Ain 34GS Cl1 G3ChHc,561K156 lbsRichard JohnsonF/39 Many Clouds[17/2]11-9
14/11/14CHL 30Gd Cl2 Ch,16K162 lbsRichard Johnson1/7 1 1/2l, Uncle Junior[4/7F]11-8
07/09/14Cra 30GS LisCh,30K150 lbsRichard Johnson1/11 3l, Kapville[17/10F]10-10
29/05/14Lel 36VSft LisCh,42K150 lbsRichard JohnsonF/13 Posilox[4/5F]10-10
05/04/14Ain 34GS Cl1 G3ChHc,561K153 lbsRichard Johnson2/40 5l, Pineau De Re[14/1]10-6
4Bless The WingsBless The Wings (IRE)
Mr J J Codd
G Elliott
11 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentBless The Wings

Fair efforts on first two encounters with this C&D but probably lacking the required class. Second in the Kim Muir at last year's festival and fair efforts on his first two encounters with this C&D when third in November and fourth in December, but probably lacking the required class to get involved today.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K162 lbsMr J J Codd4/14 26l, Josies Orders[14/1]11-8 cp
29/11/15FAI 29Sft/Hy ChHc,15K158 lbsJack Kennedy1/9 3/4l, Forever Gold[11/2]10-5 cp
13/11/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K143 lbsKevin Sexton3/16 6 1/4l, Josies Orders[12/1]10-2 cp
01/11/15COR 28Sft ChHc,23K158 lbsKeith Donoghue4/12 31l, Tulsa Jack[10/1]9-8
24/10/15WEX 20Y ChHc,13K164 lbsKeith Donoghue3/6 10 1/2l, Dandridge[6/1]10-6 cp
5CantlowCantlow (IRE)
N P Madden
E Bolger
11 yrs / 158 lbs


Signs of encouragement on cross-country debut; could be lots more to come in this sphere. Became a bit disappointing for Paul Webber, refusing to race at Leopardstown in December, but signs of encouragement when second to Ballyboker Bridge on his stable/cross-country debut at Punchestown and Enda Bolger has rejuvenated similar types in the past in this sphere; based on old form there could be lots more to come in cross-country races, especially now upped in trip.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
31/01/16PUN 24Sft/Hy Ch,4K158 lbsMs N Carberry2/12 4 1/4l, Ballyboker Bridge[11/10F]11-11
27/12/15LEO 24Hy ChHc,83K146 lbsJody McGarveyREF/28 Minella Foru[25/1]10-8 t
31/10/15ASC 23Gd Cl1 G3ChHc,57K146 lbsPaul Moloney5/15 11l, Pendra[20/1]10-7 t,cp
16/09/15LIS 24Hy ChHc,82K150 lbsBarry GeraghtyF/17 Rogue Angel[14/1]10-4 t,cp
01/08/15GAL 21Y HdHc,37K159 lbsBarry Geraghty14/19 74l, Valyssa Monterg[14/1]10-8 t,cp
6DolatuloDolatulo (FR)
G Sheehan
W Greatrex
9 yrs / 158 lbs


First cross country experience but plenty of ability and each-way claims if he takes to it. Not the most consistent (below par latest) and this is his first cross-country experience, which as imponderables go is a big one; however, if he takes to it he's got each-way claims judged on ability shown when third in the Becher Chase in December, and when winning last season's Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
30/01/16DON 24Gd Cl1 LisChHc,46K153 lbsDenis O'Regan7/15 30l, Ziga Boy[12/1]10-0 t,cp
05/12/15Ain 25Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,79K154 lbsGavin Sheehan3/17 3l, Highland Lodge[10/1]10-0 t,cp
11/04/15Ain 34GS Cl1 G3ChHc,561K151 lbsDougie Costello19/39 106l, Many Clouds[66/1]11-9 t,cp
12/03/15CHL 23Gd Cl1 LisHdHc,46K152 lbsDougie Costello19/23 37l, Call The Cops[66/1]10-12 t,cp
14/02/15HAY 22Sft Cl2 HdHc,12K158 lbsDougie Costello8/16 21l, Bygones Sovereign[25/1]9-13 t
7Josies OrdersJosies Orders (IRE)
Ms N Carberry
E Bolger
8 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentJosies Orders

Won both races over C&D before Christmas and strong claims as he bids for the hat-trick. Well beaten over hurdles last month but 3-3 in the cross-country races he's completed, including two wins over this C&D at end of last year (good/good to soft), beating Sire Collonges by 2l on the second occasion (same terms); there's the firm feeling that whatever task he and tremendous waiting-ride exponent Nina Carberry face up the run-in, they'll again find enough.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
14/02/16NAV 22Hy HdHc,8K164 lbsNiall P Madden9/12 27l, Nickname Exit[10/1]11-2
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K162 lbsMs N Carberry1/14 2l, Sire Collonges[11/4]11-8
13/11/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K142 lbsMs N Carberry1/16 1 1/4l, Any Currency[11/4F]11-11
26/10/15GAL 21Y HdHc,10K157 lbsMs N Carberry8/17 9 3/4l, The Job Is Right[20/1]11-11
02/05/15PUN 24Y Ch,5K161 lbsMs N Carberry1/14 2 3/4l, Federici[2/1F]11-12 cp
8Love RoryLove Rory (IRE)
R McLernon
E Bolger
8 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentLove Rory

Three-time cross-country winner at Punchestown but career best needed to place here. Three-time winner on the cross-country course at Punchestown and placed over that C&D in November/December; might not be all that far away but he'll need a career best if he's to place in this company, and two runs over this C&D have yielded a heavy defeat and an unseat at the 11th.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
31/01/16PUN 24Sft/Hy Ch,4K168 lbsA P Heskin3/12 5 1/2l, Ballyboker Bridge[3/1]11-11
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K159 lbsA P HeskinUR/14 Josies Orders[16/1]11-8
14/11/15PUN 24Sft Ch,6K163 lbsA P Heskin2/16 3 3/4l, Quantitativeeasing[100/30]11-4
01/11/15NAA 20Y HdHc,15K146 lbsMr B M Linehan10/15 19 1/2l, Mrs Mac Veale[25/1]10-10
15/11/14PUN 24Y Ch,7K168 lbsA P Heskin1/9 1 1/2l, Keep On Track[11/4]11-7
9QuantitativeeasingQuantitativeeasing (IRE)
M P Walsh
E Bolger
11 yrs / 158 lbs


Going well when carried out two out in this race last year; very much respected. Last month's defeat over hurdles not a concern as cross-country races are his game nowadays; comfortable win in this sphere at Punchestown in November and going well when carried out after two out in this race last year; Nina Carberry now prefers Josies Orders but still very much respected.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
14/02/16NAV 22Hy HdHc,8K161 lbsMark Walsh8/12 27l, Nickname Exit[14/1]11-2
14/11/15PUN 24Sft Ch,6K158 lbsMs N Carberry1/16 3 3/4l, Love Rory[11/4]11-9 cp
26/10/15GAL 21Y HdHc,10K155 lbsNiall P Madden12/17 32l, The Job Is Right[16/1]11-11
30/04/15PUN 33Gd Ch,15K161 lbsMs N Carberry2/14 1/4l, Uncle Junior[13/8F]11-7 cp
11/03/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,38K156 lbsMs N CarberryCO/16 Rivage D'Or[8/1]10-10 cp
10Rivage D'OrRivage D'Or (FR)
D N Russell
A Martin
11 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentRivage D'Or

Won this last season but twice tailed off over C&D at the end of last year. Won this last season and respected on that form even though this race is no longer a handicap and he's worse off at the weights with the reopposing second and third; failed to match that form subsequently though and plenty to prove having tailed off in the two C&D races at the end of last year.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
17/01/16LEO 21Sft ChHc,44K145 lbsDavid MullinsUR/11 Empire Of Dirt[50/1]9-11 t
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K162 lbsDavy Russell9/14 111l, Josies Orders[16/1]11-8 t
13/11/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K154 lbsDenis O'Regan9/16 69l, Josies Orders[10/1]10-2 t
30/04/15PUN 33Gd Ch,15K171 lbsB J CooperPU/14 Uncle Junior[8/1]11-7 t
06/04/15FAI 29Sft ChHc,120K140 lbsShane Shortall9/28 23l, Thunder And Roses[25/1]10-6 t
Ms K Walsh
T Walsh
8 yrs / 158 lbs


Improvement needed on cross-country debut and he's been tailed off the last twice. Won two in a row in November/December (2m6f chase/2m4f hurdle) but lots more needed on cross-country debut and twice tailed off over 3m (fences/hurdles) subsequently; plenty to prove, including stamina; blinkers left off.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
31/01/16PUN 24Sft/Hy HdHc,12K160 lbsR Walsh12/15 49l, Rathpatrick[9/1]10-13 bl,t
27/12/15LEO 24Hy ChHc,83K146 lbsMs K Walsh15/28 52l, Minella Foru[11/1]10-8 bl,t
13/12/15NAV 20Hy HdHc,23K136 lbsMs K Walsh1/14 18l, Bentelimar[14/1]11-3 bl,t
14/11/15PUN 22Sft ChHc,12K158 lbsR Walsh1/9 2l, Dromnea[14/1]11-10 t
30/09/15SLI 21Y Ch,8K166 lbsJ J Burke4/4 89l, Shantou Flyer[9/1]11-9 t
12Sire CollongesSire Collonges (FR)
S Twiston-Davies
P Nicholls
10 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentSire Collonges

Unlikely to be far away but probably he'll just come up short. One win from six completions over C&D and probable one or more of these will have his measure, as when a 2l second to Josies Orders over C&D in December, when last seen; however, that was yet another good run on this course and, unlikely to be far away, he's got sound place claims.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K162 lbsSam Twiston-Davies2/14 2l, Josies Orders[7/1]11-8 bl
13/11/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K158 lbsSam Twiston-DaviesSU/16 Josies Orders[10/1]10-2 bl
17/05/15Aut 30VSft G1Ch,297K150 lbsSam Twiston-DaviesPU/14 Milord Thomas[12/1]10-10 bl
16/04/15CHL 26Gd Cl2 ChHc,13K166 lbsSam Twiston-Davies2/8 3 3/4l, Lamb Or Cod[5/1]11-2 bl
11/03/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,38K161 lbsSam Twiston-Davies6/16 5 3/4l, Rivage D'Or[11/2]10-10 bl
13Third IntentionThird Intention (IRE)
T O'Brien
C Tizzard
9 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentThird Intention

Highest rated runner in race but has to be a big question mark about stamina. Cross-country debut; highest rated runner in race and horses who wouldn't stay this far on a regular track can get away with it on a cross-country course due to stop-start nature of the obstacles; questionable whether he stays as far as 3m in normal races though so stamina has to be a worry.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
23/01/16HAY 24Hy Cl1 G2ChHc,28K157 lbsPaul O'Brien6/12 67l, Cloudy Too[20/1]10-4 t
05/12/15SAN 15GS Cl1 G1Ch,85K161 lbsDaryl Jacob6/7 21l, Sire De Grugy[16/1]11-7 t
21/11/15ASC 21GS Cl1 G2Ch,40K161 lbsRichard Johnson3/5 34l, Vautour[10/1]11-6 t
03/11/15EXE 17Sft Cl1 G2ChHc,36K157 lbsDaryl Jacob2/5 4l, Vibrato Valtat[15/2]11-0 t
11/10/15CHP 19Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K159 lbsPaul O'Brien2/9 1/4l, Astracad[12/1]9-7 t
14Uncle JuniorUncle Junior (IRE)
Mr P W Mullins
W Mullins
15 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentUncle Junior

Dual C&D winner who has place possibilities, but others likelier winners than this 15yo. Dual C&D winner who was third in this last year and wasn't beaten when slipping up after the fifth last over C&D in November, nor when unseating two out at Punchestown latest; place possibilities but, now 15, others are likelier winners and he's not the most consistent, pulled up over C&D in December.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
31/01/16PUN 24Sft/Hy Ch,4K165 lbsMr P W MullinsUR/12 Ballyboker Bridge[10/1]11-11 cp
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K162 lbsMr P W MullinsPU/14 Josies Orders[10/1]11-8 cp
13/11/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K162 lbsMr P W MullinsSU/16 Josies Orders[11/1]10-2 cp
30/04/15PUN 33Gd Ch,15K161 lbsMr P W Mullins1/14 1/4l, Quantitativeeasing[6/1]11-7 cp
11/03/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,38K163 lbsMr P W Mullins3/16 3 1/4l, Rivage D'Or[20/1]10-10 cp
15Utah De La CoquaisUtah De La Coquais (FR)
M Dragon
E Leray
8 yrs / 158 lbs

CommentUtah De La Coquais

French cross-country winner but probably lacks the class to be competitive here. French raider who won a cross-country event at Pau last month, beating a fair yardstick, but since held in another one at Mont-de-Marsan ten days ago and probably lacks the class to be competitive in this company.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
06/03/16Mnd 23Hy Ch,14K154 lbsMarc-Antoine Dragon4/4 12l, Feu Croise[27/1]11-7 cp
21/02/16Pau 25Hy Ch,11K152 lbsErwan Bureller1/3 4l, Star Rochelais[26/5]11-3 cp
05/02/16Pau 23VSft Ch,10K157 lbsMr Benjamin CaronUR/4 Irish Bay[33/10]10-12 cp
02/02/16Pau 17VSft Hd,11K150 lbsMlle Clementine Chevallier1/3 2l, Vicomte Du Seuil[84/10]10-10 cp
19/12/15Pau 20Sft Ch,10K159 lbsMarc-Antoine DragonCO/6 Sir Rowan[45/1]10-8
16ValadomValadom (FR)
A P Cawley
R Hobson
7 yrs / 158 lbs


Good chance this pacesetter will again lead over two out but likely vulnerable after that. Setting the pace he ran well for a long way in the two C&D races at the end of last year before fading; good chance there'll be another bold show and he'll again be in front two out, but likely vulnerable after that.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
28/12/15LEI 20Sft Cl3 ChHc,9K166 lbsAlain Cawley2/7 7l, Mystifiable[8/1]10-13 t
11/12/15CHL 30GS Cl2 Ch,22K156 lbsAlain Cawley5/14 32l, Josies Orders[50/1]11-8 t
13/11/15CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,16K140 lbsAlain Cawley4/16 21l, Josies Orders[33/1]10-2
01/10/15BAN 20Gd Cl3 ChHc,6K148 lbsAlain Cawley6/6 29l, Lost Legend[11/10F]11-11
25/09/15WOR 20Gd Cl4 ChHc,4K159 lbsAlain Cawley1/9 11l, Ladfromhighworth[9/4F]11-12

December 2015

The next big trial of the season was the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham during the International Meeting and it was Josies Orders who put up a career best. Under another terrific ride from Nina Carberry, Josies Orders pulled clear of Sire Collonges on the run in and with Enda Bolger the master of training theses horses over the Cross Country races, he has to be a major player in March. This was a much tougher ask than his handicap win at Cheltenham last month and at just seven, there should be more to come from him.

November 2015

The Cross Country Races at Cheltenham through the season are great form guides for the big Festival race and we saw a very good winner of the race at the Open Meeting. Enda Bolger is famous for his Cross Country horses and he looks to have another nice one on his hands in the form of Josies Orders who won here in taking fashion. Given a terrific ride by Nina Carberry, Josies Orders weaved his way through the field to beat Any Currency and he has to be a contender at the Festival.

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