Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
|Class 2, Cheltenham 13:15
3m 6f 37y
|Sunday 17th November 2019
Three of the contenders have already tasted success over the unique course including French challenger Urgent De Gregaine
(Emmanuel Clayeux). The 11-year-old, successful in a re-arranged Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase on Festival Trials Day in January, 2017, has also placed behind Tiger Roll
in the last two renewals of the Glenfarclas Chase at The Festival™ presented by Magners.
(Michael Scudamore) won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at The November Meeting in 2017, while Fact Of The Matter
(Jamie Snowden) gamely scored at The International last year.
Fact Of The Matter (left) on in action over the Cross Country Course at Cheltenham
Fact Of The Matter is set to make his first appearance since finishing fifth in the Grand Steeple-Chase des Flandres at Waregem, Belgium, in April and the nine-year-old warmed up for his seasonal return with a spin over Cheltenham's Cross Country fences earlier this week.
Upper Lambourn-based Snowden said: "Fact Of The Matter is in good form. We went to Cheltenham to school him a couple of days ago and he really enjoyed himself back over the Cross Country fences.
"We took him to Belgium for their Grand National and he finished a really good fifth. He was a fast-finisher and it was a great experience to go over there.
"The Cross Country route has always been the plan with him again this season and we are looking forward to getting him started.
"He ran some excellent races at Cheltenham last term, including when winning in December. He was a good second at The November Meeting and we were also helped by the dry autumn we had last year.
"Whilst there looks to be a bit of rain around over the next week, the ground should be fine for him. He is fit and well and can hopefully enjoy another good year."
International representation is provided by Urgent de Gregaine's stable-companion Diesel d'Allier
, while G1-winning chaser Tea For Two
(Jane Williams) also features among the home-trained entries.
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 32/P3- Urgent De Gregaine 11 11-12 Emmanuel Clayeux Felix De Giles
£25,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 6f 37y, Class 2
Going: Soft, Heavy in places
2 4525-P Rolling Dylan 8 11-5 Philip Hobbs Micheal Nolan
3 PUP-24 Tea For Two 10 11-3 Mrs Jane Williams Chester Williams
4 2180-5 Fact Of The Matter 9 11-3 Jamie Snowden Gavin Sheehan
5 4/62-5 Kingswell Theatre 10 11-2 Michael Scudamore Tom Scudamore
6 57154- Dawson City 10 11-1 Polly Gundry Tom Bellamy
7 197-67 Rathlin Rose 11 10-10 David Pipe David Noonan
8 718-P0 Chic Name 7 10-8 Richard Hobson James Best
9 3-4D245 Diesel D'Allier 6 10-4 Emmanuel Clayeux Charlie Deutsch
10 716P-3 Solstice Star 9 10-4 Martin Keighley Sam Twiston-Davies