The jumps season is now on the horizon as Lewis Jones takes a quick peek at the Champion Chase.
This is many people’s highlight of the entire week and it’s easy to see why. The best speedsters in National Hunt racing take on the test that is the Cheltenham Festival. This race has produced some amazing sporting moments over the years. Will this year’s renewal do the same…
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 2019was given its title in 1980, to mark the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday. Both Paul Nicholls and NickyHenderson will be aiming to equal the record of wins in this race for trainers, which is currently held by Tom Dreaper and has been that way since the 1960’s.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase will take place on Wednesday, March 13th at 15.30pm.It is run over 2 miles for horses aged 5 and upwards.
Tips, runners, riders and the odds:Altior to win it again?
Nicky Henderson seems to have the best chance of the two leading trainers of equalling the record as his short-priced entry and hot favourite, Altior, looks to been in great shape to win this contest for the second year running (Currently at 2/5.)
Altior’s challengers look to have a tough task to beat him as he is unbeaten in 11 starts over fences, which makes him My Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase Hot Tip. Last year’s 2nd place went to Willie Mullins and Min who is also a juicy price at 7/1 for this year’s contest.
Though on recent form, the biggest threat to these two horses would be Min’s stablemate, Footpad. Currently at 5/1 in the betting, Footpad, who won the Arkle in 2018, has leading claims but recent form this season may suggest otherwise.
Odds have been slashed by half on Un De Sceaux, who opened-up at 14/1 and is currently 7/1 which makes it a notable Market Mover.
TRAINERS BATTLE: Both Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls will be looking to equal the record of 6 victories in this race.
Should Altior win this as expected, it will be interesting to see if connections will set this horse up for the 2020 Gold Cup. He could become one of the greatest horses of our lifetime.
Hot Tip: Altior 2/5
Market Mover: Un De Sceaux from 14/1 to 7/1