2023 Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Shishkin is looking practically invincible when it comes to two mile chasing and the Cheltenham Festival bookies are taking no chances about a Nicky Henderson-trained horse for this race on Day Two of the meeting. The eight-year-old keeps producing the goods and will head to the 2022 Queen Mother Champion Chase bidding to continue a winning run.

Shishkin won a ding-dong battle in the SBK Clarence House Chase at Ascot against Energumene and it’s clear that the Willie Mullins-trained horse will hope to lower the colours of the former at Cheltenham, even if the Irish raider has never been seen running at Prestbury Park which has to be regarded as a negative.

15/03 15:30Best Odds
Editeur Du GiteEditeur Du Gite
Blue LordBlue Lord
Gentleman de MeeGentleman de Mee
Nube NegraNube Negra
Chacun Pour SoiChacun Pour Soi
Captain GuinnessCaptain Guinness
Coeur SublimeCoeur Sublime
Funambule SivolaFunambule Sivola

2022 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips

We’re running out of superlatives to describe Shishkin. He was sent off as the 5/6 favourite in the Clarence House Chase and looked to be in danger when trailing Energumene by two lengths. However, Nico de Boinville was able to get a tune out of a horse who has enjoyed the winning habit at a wide range of Cheltenham Festival meetings.

There was so much to like about twelve length victory in the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase and it wasn’t anywhere near his best sort of performance, with Shishkin having previously stormed through to win the 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle a year previously.

The victory in the Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park was achieved with ease and it was a ten-length triumph on that occasion, with the bookies going heavily odds-on when it comes to Shishkin’s chances of securing the spoils. We are sure to see this horse in plenty of Cheltenham Festival accumulators.

Can Energumene Land the Cheltenham Spoils in Queen Mother?

Energumene had enjoyed a winning run of seven races before pitching up in the Clarence House Chase and the Irish horse will be back to challenge Shishkin at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. Possibly the biggest negative about the eight-year-old is that we’re yet to see the horse make an appearance at this track and they often say it’s horses for courses.

Indeed, this will be a stamina-sapping two mile encounter and the horse hasn’t really been tested this season with the exception of that recent Ascot clash. The ten length win in the Patrick Ward & Company Solicitors Irish Arkle Novice Chase a year ago was impressive and Paul Townend will be on board on this occasion.

Who Are the Other Queen Mother Champion Chase Contenders?

Chacun Pour Soi was sent off as the Queen Mother Cheltenham betting favourite in last year’s renewal although the 8/13 favourite was only able to finish third behind Put The Kettle On and Nube Negra. The ten-year-old will have plenty of work on his hands to beat the front two in the betting.

Willie Mullins will hope that the horse can potentially run into third place and he’s an each-way betting price based on a fine performance in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase, with Envoi Allen and Nube Negra potentially the other horses that could be in the frame.

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.