Jan 17 2018
Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips and Betting Offers, 3.30 at Cheltenham, 14th March
With the two mile hurdlers having taken centre stage on the opening day, day two at the Cheltenham Festival sees the speediest chasers in the game take their turn in the limelight in this two mile, Grade 1 affair.
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Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips
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Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Offers 2018
Clear of the likely field on official ratings – assuming Douvan doesn’t make an unexpected return – five from five over hurdles, six from six over fences, and with three wins at the track to his name, it’s no surprise to see that Nicky Henderson’s Altior heads the betting here. Undoubtedly a horse of immense talent, he hasn’t been seen at the track since April due to suffering a setback and may be set the task of winning this on his seasonal return. A six length winner of the Arkle last term, he will be hard to stop if anywhere near his peak.
With Douvan seemingly unlikely to make this assignment, the chief Irish threat had looked set to come from his fellow Willie Mullin’s inmate, Min. Min couldn’t lay a glove on Altior in their only previous clash in the 2016 Supreme Novice Hurdle though and a bigger danger from the Mullins yard may prove to be Yorkhill who looks set to be rerouted here having abandoned a possible tilt at the Gold Cup. Talented and quirky in equal measure, he would be a most interesting contender.
Defending champion Special Tiara will likely make his usual bold bid from the front, but is eleven years old now and will do well to hold off the younger legs again this year. Great Field and Waiting Patiently look to be two of the more interesting outsiders. Great Field was hugely impressive in winning all four starts over fences last term but has now been off the track for approaching a year, whilst Waiting Patiently probably won’t run on good ground.
Then of course we have the form horse of the current season, the Paul Nicholls trained Politologue. Three from three term, he seems to have taken his form to a new level since dropped to this sort of trip, recording a first Grade 1 success in the Tingle Creek at Sandown earlier this season. Looking a horse firmly on the upgrade he seems sure to go well.
Quite a tough race to assess at this stage but overall we like the favourite. If anyone can ready Altior to take this on his first start of the season, it is Nicky Henderson. Last season’s Arkle king has a significant class edge for our money here and is worth backing. The horse most likely to expose any chinks in the favourites armour is Politologue, and there doesn’t appear to be much downside to having an each way saver on the Nicholls runner.