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£65,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 6f 37y, Class 2   
Wednesday 14th March 2018

Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that Glenfarclas has renewed its backing for the Cross Country races at the Home of Jump Racing for a further three years. 

Glenfarclas, the family-owned producer of award-winning Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has become synonymous with the three races over Cheltenham's unique Cross Country Course since first sponsoring them in 2008.
 
This season's Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechases will take place during The November Meeting (Friday, November 17), The International (Friday, December 15) and The Festival 2018 (Wednesday, March 14). 
 
All three races are run over three miles and six furlongs, with those at The November Meeting and The International run as handicaps ahead of the £65,000 Glenfarclas Chase at The Festival, which became a conditions race in 2016. 
 

As part of its continued support, Ballindalloch-based Glenfarclas has provided 11 hogshead casks, previously used to mature Glenfarclas whisky for more than 25 years, which have been incorporated into a fence on the Cross Country Course. 
 
John Grant, the Glenfarclas chairman, travels to a family-run Bodega in Spain and chooses the finest European oak casks that have been used for the maturation of Oloroso sherry to ship back to the Highlands.
 
The 11 casks are positioned on the landing side of the Glenfarclas Casks fence, which is jumped twice during the Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechases (no seven & 30).  
 
Grant said today: "Glenfarclas is delighted to extend its support to Cross Country racing at Cheltenham for another three years.
 
"Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Glenfarclas sponsorship at Cheltenham, during which time Cross Country racing has gone from strength to strength and provided racegoers with lots of very exciting racing."
 
Simon Claisse, Regional Head of Racing, South West & Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham, commented: "The long-term sponsorship of Cross Country racing by Glenfarclas is much appreciated by everyone at Cheltenham Racecourse.
 
"As preparations continue for Cheltenham's first Cross Country race of the season on November 17 at The November Meeting, the Glenfarclas Casks fence looks superb and is a fitting landmark to Glenfarclas' decade of sponsorship."

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Carey Weeks, Regional Head of Partnerships, Cheltenham & the South West, The Jockey Club, added: "We are thrilled that Glenfarclas has extended its sponsorship at the Home of Jump Racing for another three years.
 
"The Glenfarclas brand is synonymous with Cross Country racing at Cheltenham and we are delighted that the relationship will continue to flourish."
 
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechases are not duplicated anywhere else in the UK, with a twisting and turning course of banks, ditches and rails. Cross Country racing was introduced to Cheltenham in 1995 with the advent of Sunday racing. 
 

The Glenfarclas races at The International and The Festival form part of a European-wide initiative, The Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge, which was developed in 2010 and also takes in Cross Country action in France, Belgium, Ireland, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Garde Champetre
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Long Run
 
Recent stars of Cross Country racing at Cheltenham have included Garde Champetre, who won six times over the course between 2008 and 2011 including twice at The Festival, and Balthazar King, who captured the Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase at The Festival in both 2012 and 2014, as well as enjoying two other successes over the unique course.
 
Causes Of Causes
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Cause Of Causes joined a select group earlier this year when capturing the Glenfarclas Steeplechase in March, becoming only the fourth horse to win three different races at The Festival in consecutive years, following on from his victories in the National Hunt Chase in 2015 and the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase in 2016.
 
The Gordon Elliott-trained chaser followed up his 2017 success at The Festival by finishing second in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree in April. 
 
Irish-based Enda Bolger is the most successful trainer in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase at The Festival thanks to Spot Thedifference (2005), Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008 & 2009) and Josies Orders (2016). 
 
The leading owner in the race is J P McManus, who owned all five of Bolger's victors plus the 2017 winner Cause Of Causes.
 
Amateur rider Nina Carberry has the best record of a jockey in the race with four wins - Heads Onthe Ground (2007), Garde Champetre (2008 & 2009) and Josies Orders (2016).

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Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 2017
(Cross Country Chase)
£65,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 6f 37y, Class 2
16 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Cause Of Causes (USA) 4/1 Mr J J Codd
11-4
G Elliott 9
2nd 9 Bless The Wings (IRE) 10/1 D N Russell
11-4
G Elliott 12
3rd Cantlow (IRE) 9/4f A P Heskin
11-4
E Bolger 12
4th Auvergnat (FR) 8/1 R M Power
11-4
E Bolger 7
5th Amazing Comedy (FR) 50/1 D Cottin
11-4
P Cottin 7
6th Ballyboker Bridge (IRE) 25/1 A E Lynch
11-4
Peter Maher 10
7th ¾ Colour Squadron (IRE) 33/1 Mr Derek O'Connor
11-4
E Bolger 11
8th 11 Third Intention (IRE) 33/1 T J O'Brien
11-4
C L Tizzard 10
9th Any Currency (IRE) 14/1 Aidan Coleman
11-4
M Keighley 14
10th ½ Kingswell Theatre 33/1 T Scudamore
11-4
M Scudamore 8
11th ½ Valadom (FR) 100/1 Jamie Bargary
11-4
Richard Hobson 8
12th 46 Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 8/1 R Johnson
11-4
P J Hobbs 9
Also Ran: Alelchi Inois (FR) , First Lieutenant (IRE) , Quantitativeeasing (IRE) , Usuel Smurfer (FR)

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BOLGER KNEW CAUSE OF DEFEAT

In a clean-sweep for horses trained in Ireland the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase was dominated by trainers Gordon Elliott and Enda Bolger, and owner J P McManus.

Elliott saddled the first and second, Cause Of Causes and Bless The Wings, while Bolger was responsible for the 9/4 favourite Cantlow, who finished third, and Auvergnat, an 8/1 shot who was fourth. McManus owned the first, third and fourth.

Limerick-based Bolger said: "They ran up to form, but Cause Of Causes is a better horse, and now a three-time winner here, so I always knew that if it came to a battle he would keep going.

"I think it was a very good race, but we were never in a position to boss the race, and Adrian [Heskin, who rode Cantlow] said he was always flat out.

"Auvergnat will get the hang of this type of racing, and he stayed on very well. He's half the age of some of these horses - exactly half the age of Any Currency [finished ninth].

"They'll both go to Punchestown, and if Cause Of Causes goes to the Grand National instead that will help, but at least the green and gold [McManus's colours] won today and that's the main thing."

Bolger will saddle On The Fringe in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase on Friday, when the 12-year-old will bid to become the first horse to win that contest three times.

Bolger said: "He's in great order, but he is 12 now. Wonderful Charm must be a big danger, but they're probably as afraid of us as we are of them."

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PAST RESULTS

2016-WINNER-JOSIES ORDERS 8-11-04 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Ms Nina Carberry; SP-15/8 Fav
2ND- Bless The Wings 11-11-04 Owner-Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Mr Jamie Codd; SP- 33/1
3RD- Quantitativeeasing 11-11-04 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mark Walsh; SP-9/1
16 ran, Time-8m 11.00s, Dist-1, 1¼, 5 (original) Josies Orders awarded the race on August 25, 2016 when Any Currency disqualified.

2015-WINNER-RIVAGE D’OR 10-10-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-16/1
2ND-Any Currency 12-11-11 Owner-Cash Is King; Trainer-Martin Keighley; Jockey-Aidan Coleman; SP-7/1
3RD-Uncle Junior 14-11-09 Owner-Mrs M McMahion; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Patrick Mullins; SP-20/1
4TH-Dogora 6-10-10 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ms Katie Walsh; SP-20/1
16 ran, Time-8m 23.80s, Dist-2¼, 1, 2 9/2 Fav Toutancarmont (ran out)

2014-WINNER-BALTHAZAR KING 10-11-12 Owner-The Brushmakers; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-4/1
2ND-Any Currency 11-10-08 Owner-Cash Is King; Trainer-Martin Keighley; Jockey-Ian Popham; SP-10/1
3RD-Big Shu 9-11-09 Owner- Hugh Duffy, Richard Robinson & Caroline Woods; Trainer-Peter Maher IRE; Jockey- Paul Carberry; SP-3/1
Fav
4TH-Duke Of Lucca 9-10-10 Owner-Lesley Field; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Tom O’Brien; SP-25/1
16 ran, Time-8m 19.20s, Dist-sh, 3, 5

2013-WINNER-BIG SHU 8-10-05 Owner-Hugh Duffy, Richard Robinson & Caroline Woods; Trainer-Peter Maher IRE; Jockey-Barry Cash;
SP-14/1
2ND-Shakervilz 10-10-00 Owner-Wicklow Bloodstock Limited; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ms Katie Walsh; SP-20/1
3RD-Outlaw Pete 9-10-09 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-John Halley IRE; Jockey- Mr Josh Halley; SP-6/1
4TH-Bostons Angel 9-11-00 Owner- Elder Scouller; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Robbie Power; SP-9/1
16 ran, Time-8m 44.70s, Dist-4, 10, 1¼ 9/4 Fav Arabella Boy (7th)

2012-WINNER-BALTHAZAR KING 8-10-09 Owner-The Brushmakers; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-11/2
2ND-A New Story 14-10-06 Owner-Storey’s Over Syndicate; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Adrian Heskin; SP-20/1
3RD-Wedger Pardy 11-9-08 Owner-Lord Leigh; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Miss Jacqueline Coward; SP-33/1
4TH-Sizing Australia 10-11-01 Owner-Ann & Alan Potts Partnership; Trainer-Henry de Bromhead IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-5/1
16 ran, Time-7m 51.70s, Dist-hd, 5, 2½ 100/30 Fav Scotsirish (PU)

2011-WINNER-SIZING AUSTRALIA 9-10-09 Owner-Ann & Alan Potts Partnership; Trainer-Henry De Bromhead IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-13/2
2ND-Garde Champetre 12-11-12 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edna Bolger IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-5/1
3RD-A New Story 13-10-05 Owner-Storey’s Over Syndicate; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Adrian Heskin; SP-12/1
15 ran, Time-8m 6.22s, Dist 1 ¼, 1 9/2 Fav Maljimar (4th)

2010-WINNER-A NEW STORY 12-9-07 Owner-Storey’s Over Syndicate; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Adrian Heskin; SP33/1 2ND-L’Ami 11-11-04 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-4/1 3RD-Lacdoudal 11-9-12 Owner-Carol Skan; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Rhys Flint; SP-28/1 4TH-Another Jewel 8-10-00 Owner-F Magee; Trainer-Denis Murphy IRE; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-16/1 16 ran, Time-8m 18.00s, Dist-2½ , 2¾ , nk 7/4 Fav Garde Champetre (5th)

2009-WINNER-GARDE CHAMPETRE 10-11-12 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-7/2
2ND-L’Ami 10-11-08 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-7/4 Fav
3RD-Drombeag 11-10-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Robert Power; SP-7/1
4TH-A New Story 11-9-11 Owner-Storey’s Over Syndicate; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Jack Doyle; SP-14/1 16 ran, Time-8m 47.54s, Dist-1¾, 14, 24

2008-WINNER-GARDE CHAMPETRE 9-10-13 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-4/1
2ND-Native Jack 14-10-12 Owner-Gerard Burke/Robert Bagnall/N O’Farrell/K Sexton; Trainer-Philip Rothwell IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-40/1
3RD-A New Story 10-10-08 Owner-Storey’s Over Syndicate; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-20/1
4TH-Freneys Well 8-10-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr G Mangan (7); SP-25/1 16 ran, Time-8m 39.52s; Dist-10, 1½ , 4½ 5/2 Fav Wonderkid (6th)

2007-WINNER-HEADS ONTHE GROUND 10-10-02 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-5/2 Fav
2ND-Silver Birch 10-11-00 Owner-Brian Walsh; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-14/1
3RD-Le Duc 8-10-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Sam Thomas; SP-8/1
4TH-Spot Thedifference 14-11-12 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-6/1
16 ran, Time-8m 43.80s, Dist-3½, 12, 5

2006-WINNER-NATIVE JACK 12-10-08 Owner-Gerard Burke/R J Bagnall/N O’Farrell/K Sexton; Trainer-Philip Rothwell IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-7/2 Jt Fav
2ND-Spot Thedifference 13-11-12 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-12/1
3RD-Buauiltes And Fadas 11-9-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-6/1
4TH-Il De Boitron 8-10-06 Owner-Clonakilty Racing Club; Trainer-Thomas O’Leary IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-100/1
16 ran, Time-8m 30.10s, Dist-2, 5, 5 7/2 Jt Fav Good Step (6th)

2005-WINNER-SPOT THEDIFFERENCE 12-11-12 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-4/1
2ND-Luzcadou 12-10-13 Owner-A G Chappell; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Alan O’Keeffe; SP-22/1
3RD-Mrs Be 9-9-12 Owner-J H Burridge; Trainer-Grant Cann; Jockey-Miss Polly Gundry; SP-20/1
4TH-Lord Noelie 12-11-08 Owner-Executive Racing; Trainer-Bridget Nicholls; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-14/1
16 ran, Time-8m 44.00s, Dist-2.5, 6, .75 100/30 Fav Comanche War Paint (Fell)

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