Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Odds Comparison - Cheltenham

16/03/2022 15:30:00

It’s beyond doubt that the Queen Mother Champion Chase is the highlight race on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival, with this two mile spectacular over the big obstacles being a superb example of horses travelling at pace over large fences and there’s lots of components required to become a Champion Chase winner.

Can Altior Make it a Hat-Trick of Queen Mother Victories?

Altior is a living legend and the Nicky Henderson-trained horse has been a serial winner at the Cheltenham Festival over the past few years. There was a Supreme Novices’ Hurdle triumph which kicked things off before an Arkle Chase success and then came back-to-back Champion Chase victories which cemented his legendary status.

However, the 11-year-old wasn’t able to defend his crown due to injury at the last Cheltenham Festival and will potentially return to Prestbury Park to try and land a belated hat-trick this time around, with Altior not yet making an appearance at the time of writing and the last time he was seen running was in a Grade 2 Chase in February when winning at Newbury.

Chacun Pour Soi Favourite to Become New Champion

It was a strange 2020 Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival considering that Altior and Chacun Pour Soi’s names were both removed from the racecard leading up to the race, with the latter strongly fancied as the young pretender although the nine-year-old should get his chance to make amends when the 2021 Queen Mother Chase comes around.

The Willie Mullins-trained charge hasn’t run for over a year, although there is plenty to like about a horse that was really impressive when winning the Dublin Chase at the beginning of February, beating Min and he should have serious credentials and might reward antepost punters betting early on the contest.

Put The Kettle On Third Favourite to Win Queen Mother

It truly appears that Put The Kettle On is a horse that acts well at Cheltenham Racecourse, with the seven-year-old upsetting the odds when winning the

Post Arkle Chase on 10 March 2020, with the horse obliging at odds of 16/1.

Henry De Bromhead is the trainer of this horse and has previously done excellent things with Sizing Europe, with the runner then winning the Shloer Chase having obliged at odds of 7/4 and announcing himself as a top-class chaser rather than a flash in the pan. That means there has now been three victories on the bounce at Cheltenham and a horse to be taken seriously.

For some people, the Queen Mother Champion Chase is the highlight race of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, with this two-mile encounter seeing top class horses go over the big obstacles at speed, with Altior having been the king of this race over previous years.

Altior broke on to the scene at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival when beating Min in the Supreme Novices’ Chase and the Nicky Henderson horse has gone on to enjoy a brilliant career which included an Arkle Chase success in 2017.

Then came back-to-back wins in the Queen Mother Champion Chase which has led many to consider Altior is the best two-mile chaser of all time and that claim will certainly be strengthened if the horse is able to clinch victory on Day Two of the Festival.

It’s possible that Henderson might choose a different route for a horse who was actually beaten on Saturday 23 November when Cyrname lowered his colours in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot, with the Paul Nicholls horse landing a two-length victory over two miles and five furlongs.

There are mitigating circumstances for that defeat considering it was Altior’s first outing of the season and there were only three runners in the race which can sometimes create a false pace compared to a larger pack of horses.

However, a failure to win over a longer distance could see Altior brought back to chasing over two miles in the bid for a historic hat-trick and William Hill currently go 3/1 about him landing the spoils in this race.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Altior won this race as the 4/11 favourite last year and perhaps the price will shorten a great deal if the nine-year-old is confirmed for the race.

There are some other lively contenders lining up to have a crack and that includes Chacun Pour Soi who is available at 4/1 to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase and it must be noted that there are plenty of good attributes for this horse.

The seven-year-old spent his formative years racing in France although he’s now part of the Willie Mullins stable and the horse followed up a victory at Naas with an impressive win in a Grade 1 Novice Chase at Punchestown in May.

That was a tough field in which to come out on top, with Defi Du Seuil finishing second and Duc Des Genievres was in third place, with Defi currently trading at 10/1 with William Hill to claim a victory in this race.

The six-year-old was the winner of the JLT Novices’ Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and the fact that it beat Lostintranslation looks even better considering the latter recently won the Betfair Chase.

Defi Du Seuil beat Politologue over two miles in a recent clash at Cheltenham and could be the current value in the race.

Cilaos Emery and Douvan are also among the favourites, with the latter having enjoyed a fabulous career and he’ll potentially want to have another crack at the Champion Chase after falling in the 2019 renewal.