Champion Chase 2021 Tips (Cheltenham Day 2 3.30pm) – Each-way play against Chacun Pour Soi

Altior Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a two-mile chase with 13 fences that includes the sport’s best runners at this distance.

Politologue took the race by the scruff of the neck last year to finally get his Cheltenham festival victory for popular owner John Hales.

The race was a mouthwatering prospect with Altior, Chacun Pour Soi and Defi Du Seuil lining up, but it was only the latter of these three that ended up running and there will be the hope this time around that Chacun Pour Soi doesn’t have any setbacks in the buildup to Cheltenham.

Nicky Henderson has a fantastic record in this race having trained five of the last nine winners, with 2021 festival hopeful Altior providing two of those crowns.

 

Champion Chase Betting Tips

The feature on Day 2 is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a personal favourite of mine, you can’t beat watching the top chasers strut their stuff over 2m at a strong pace. Red hot favourite is Chacun Pour Soi and he has done everything right this season. He is a worthy market leader but at a shade of odds on, I’m happy to look elsewhere given the fact Willie Mullins has yet to win this race and the horse has never ran here at Cheltenham.

The one for me is NUBE NEGRA EW (8/1 with William Hill). The Skelton team can’t do a lot wrong recently and I don’t think his win at Kempton over Christmas in the Desert Orchid Chase was a fluke at all. He travelled powerfully on ground that would have been soft enough for him and he picked up well after the last to win pretty easily in trust be told. I like that he’s been kept fresh since that run in December as he’s always run his best races when fresh. Skelton talked about how much the horse has strengthened up over the winter and I think he can sneak into this coming from off the strong pace and really serve it up to the jolly in the home straight. Another good each-way bet.

EACH-WAY BET: NUBE NEGRA EW (8/1 with William Hill).

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Champion Chase Trends

Age – 9 of the last 12 winners were aged between 8 and 10.

Price – 5 of the last 12 favorites won, 9/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.

Last Run – 8/12 winners won on their previous run before the Queen Mother Champion Chase, 10/12 winners ran within the last 53 days.

7/12 winners ran in the Clarence House Chase (Ascot) on their last run, 5 of the 7 won, 1 placed.

Previous Course Form – 12/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 7/12 winners had a previous win at Cheltenham.

Previous Distance Form – 11 of the last 12 winners had at least 9 previous runs over 15-17 furlongs, 10/12 winners had at least 6 wins over 15-17 furlongs.

Previous Chase Form – 12/12 winners had at least 7 previous chase runs, 12/12 winners had at least 5 previous chase wins.

Rating – 10/12 winners were rated 164 or higher.

Grade 1 Wins – 12/12 winners had at least 1 grade 1 win.

Grade 2 Wins – 12/12 winners had at least 1 grade 2 win.

Season Form – 11/12 winners had at least 2 runs that season, 10/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.

 

Champion Chase Recent Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Master Minded Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Big Zeb Barry Geraghty C A Murphy
2011 Sizing Europe A E Lynch Henry de Bromhead
2012 Finians Rainbow Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Sprinter Sacre Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2014 Sire de Grugy Jamie Moore Gary Moore
2015 Dodging Bullets Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2016 Sprinter Sacre Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2017 Special Tiara Noel Fehily Henry de Bromhead
2018 Altior Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2019 Altior Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2020 Politologue Harry Skelton Paul Nicholls

 

Champion Chase Result 2020

1st – Politologue (6/1)

2nd – Dynamite Dollars (7/1)

3rd – Bun Doran (33/1)

4th – Defi De Seuil (2/5)

 

Champion Chase FAQs

  • When is the 2021 Champion Chase?

    The 2021 Champion Chase is due off at 3.30pm on Wednesday 17th March.

  • Wh is favourite for the Champion Chase?

    Chacun Pour Soi is the current favourite at odds of 6/5 with William Hill. Altior and Politilogue are both 8/1 in the latest betting odds.

  • Will Altior win the Champion Chase?

    Read our Champion Chase preview to find out our thoughts on Altior's chances in the 2021 Champion Chase. The 11-year-old has a fantastic record around Cheltenham and has won the race on two previous occasions.