Now for the Enda Bolger benefit race that is what it should be called as his success in this race since its inception has been nothing but spectacular. Enda Has won the race five out of the 13 times it has been run with Spot the Difference in 2005, Heads On The ground in 2007 and Garde Champetre in 2008 and 2009. He was well tipped for another win with Garde Champetre in 2010 but there was an upset as 25/1 shot A New Story bolted up for the victory.
Cross Country events at Cheltenham have proved to be very successful both from a competitive and a spectator point of view. This race adds a new dimension to the Festival and it has become as important to the meeting as the equivalent races over the cross country banks at Punchastown Festival just outside Dublin.
Enda Bolger specialises in this type of Cross Country horse and our first and probably most important Cheltenham Festival Cross Country Tip is to check out the runners Enda has in this race each year.
Cross Country Chase Odds
Winners in this races since 2005 has resulted in a winner with a starting price of greater than 7/2. This suggests that the bookies have had to pay out to all followers of Enda Bolger and they run scared of his entries. Therefore do not expect to get a massive reward for picking out the winner of this race if it again in 2018 is trained by Enda.
Checking out the form for the Cross Country feature on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival is very straightforward as there are two races run in the build up to this race one at the Cheltenham December meeting and the other at Punchestown in February
There have been 13 runnings of this race so far and the winners are as follows:
2017 Cause Of Causes 9 G Elliott 4/1
2016 Josies Orders E Bolger 15/8f
2015 Rivage D'Or 10 A Martin 16/1
2014 Balthazar King P Hobbs 4/1
2013 Big Shu P Maher 14/1
2012 Balthazar King P Hobbs 11/2
2011 Sizing Australia H de Bromhead 13/2
2010 A New Story 12 A Heskin 25/1
2009 Garde Champetre E Bolger 7/2
2008 Garde Champetre E Bolger 4/1
2007 Heads Onthe Ground 10 E Bolger 5/2F
2006 Native Jack 12 P Rothwell 7/2JF
2005 Spot Thedifference 12 E Bolger 4/1