Queen Mthr Champion Chase Tips - 3:30pm Cheltenham

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This race completely revolves around last years winner Altior trained by Nicky Henderson. The 9yo is now unbeaten in seventeen starts over hurdles and fences, actually his only defeats were in bumper races back in 2015.

He is one of the few horses to have landed the ‘Festival’ treble in winning the Supreme Novice Hurdle, the Arkle Chase and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in three consecutive seasons. His aggregate winning margin was 20 lengths and has now earned over £900,000 in prize money.

After last season’s slight setback which kept him off the track somewhat he has really come out with all guns blazing this term, he has already had three starts which is as many as he had all last season. He kicked off with a 4-length defeat of Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek at Sandown and then reappeared just 20 days later at the Kempton Christmas meeting. He won the Desert Orchid chase by 19 lengths that day and looked might impressive.

Last time out he went to Ascot and bagged another £85,000 when trotting home in the Clarence House Chase, he faced only two rivals that day and although he did jump a bit out to his left he still came home without breaking sweat.

He has a BHA rating of 175 so technically has a 7lb advantage at least over all of his rivals and all things being equal he will take an awful lot of beating here.

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins seems to have the best of the rest and last year’s runner up Min looks sure to be thereabouts once again. I’m sure he is sick of the site of Altor having finished runner up to him in two major championship races but he has nowhere else to go being an out and out two-miler.

He opened his account at Punchestown in December where he was able to get away with a longer trip amongst weaker opposition. He came home a length and a half in front of Shattered Love in the John Durkan Memorial Chase. He looked as good as ever and his mark of 167 puts him 8lbs behind Altior which is about right.

The English challengers are a bit thin on the ground but Sceau Royal is a possibility on his best form. Trained by Alan King and only a 7yo so has some improvement to come you would think. He missed the second half of last season but made a good start to this campaign by winning the Shloer Chase here at Cheltenham on his comeback. He beat Simply Ned by 2 ¼ lengths and that form has worked out very well.

He took on Altior in the Tingle Creek but didn’t fire that day for some reason and the sticky ground was the excuse after the race. If it’s good ground at the Festival then he could bounce back to form.

Politologue was originally thought to be headig towards the Ryanair this season after finishing a well beaten fourth last year in this race. Connections are looking at the pretty weak turnout here and no doubt eyeing up some place prize money which looks up for grabs. The 8yo has not ran over two miles since this race twelve months ago and should run his usual game race.

Gods Own is another runner who often turns up to the big events and has run in this race three times before. His best effort was probably last year when third to Altior and to be honest wouldnt expect him to improve on that this time round.

Trainer Harry Whittington saddles Saint Calvados who beat Footpad at Naas on his seasonal debut. That was a big turnaround in the form as the 6yo was soundly beaten by Footpad in the Arkle last March.

He was then beaten 19 lengths by Altior in the Tingle Creek but connections are not afraid of pitching their youngster in the deep end and is another one hoping for a bit of rain. He goes from the front and will help make this a true run race at least.

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Queen Mthr Champion Chase Previous Winners
Year WinnerAge JockeyTrainerSP
2019Altior9Nico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson4/11
2018Altior8Nico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson1/1
2017Special Tiara10Noel FehilyHenry De Bromhead11/1
2016Sprinter Sacre10Nico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson5/1
2015Dodging Bullets7Sam Twiston-DaviesPaul Nicholls4/1
2014Sire de Grugy8Jamie MooreGary Moore11/4
2013Sprinter Sacre7Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson1/4
2012Finian's Rainbow9Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson4/1
2011Sizing Europe9Andrew LynchHenry de Bromhead10/1
2010Big Zeb9Barry GeraghtyColm Murphy10/1
2009Master Minded6Ruby WalshPaul Nicholls4/11
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