Jan 15 2019
Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips and Betting Offers, 3.30 at Cheltenham, 13th March 2019
Ahead of Day Two at Cheltenham, attention has turned to the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This race is the pick of the second day’s action, and the Grade 1 outing should see a tight contest across all 16 furlongs. Ahead of the headline race at on day two of the festival, we have the latest betting odds and predictions for this race, which you can see below.
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Queen Mother Champion Chase Ante Post Betting Tips 2019
Odds correct at the time of publishing. Please Gamble Responsible.
- Altior to win at 4/7 with Betfair
- Fox Norton each way at 25/1 with 888sport
Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Offers 2019
The field for the upcoming Champion Chase is shaping up with 22 confirmed entries for the highlight event of Cheltenham Festival’s second day. The big question surrounding the race is the same as it was last year, does anyone have the beating of Altior? The reigning champion is set to defend his crown this March as he seeks to become only the second double winner of this race since 1995.
There’s no such thing as a dead certainty in racing, something Douvan gave us a stark reminder of in this race just two years ago. Altior appears to be the closest thing to one though given his truly formidable record. The nine-year-old remains undefeated over fences and looked as good as ever on his season return at Sandown. There was a feeling Un De Sceaux could’ve given him a run for his money but Nicky Henderson’s horse stood firm to secure Tingle Creek victory. More was to come at Kempton as the 175 rated gelding crushed the field in the Desert Orchid Chase, winning by an emphatic 19 lengths.
Footpad (8/1, William Hill) has avoided facing Altior so far but a first clash is a strong possibility for the Willie Mullins’ entry at Cheltenham. The minimum distance is where the seven-year-old is at his best as he showed last season with five consecutive wins at, or close to, two miles. He would’ve been a genuine threat to Altior had he been able to build on a superb 2017/18 campaign but this season he’s not looked like his former self. First he took a tumble at Naas and this was followed by a loss to Simply Ned at Leopardstown.
Mullins has three other entries in this race including Un De Sceaux (16/1, William Hill) and Min (12/1, Betfair) but out of the two it’s the former who looks most likely to make the cut. The 11-year-old was handed a longer test during last year’s Cheltenham Festival but disappointed as the beaten favourite in the Ryanair Chase. His defeat last March may be enough for Mullins to give Un De Sceaux a first crack at the Champion Chase. While he’ll likely run well over two miles, he’s just not quite up to Altior’s standards as we saw in the Tingle Creek.
Having beaten Un De Sceaux in 2017’s Punchestown Champion Chase, Fox Norton is an interesting looking contender among the ante post outsiders. Don’t be concerned with the fact he was pulled up at Kempton on Boxing Day a fortnight later. It was simply a case of the three mile test being too far from him as he rapidly weakened towards the end of the contest. The decision to bump him up in trip backfired for Colin Tizzard but he won’t make the same mistake again. His nine-year-old has a fine record over two miles and it’s this which could see him try his luck in the Champion Chase this March.