• 13/03/2019
  • 15:30


Wow, what a wonderful renewal of this historic Grade One we have to look forward to. Any of the top three in the market would be a worthy winner of day two’s highlight. But, sadly, there can only be one winner.

Chacun Pour Soi may be the best jumper out of the three and comes to Cheltenham on the back of a win over Min in the Dublin Chase. I was, however, expecting Willie Mullins’ chaser to pull further clear of his rival than he eventually did that day. Cheltenham is an unknown quantity for this fragile sort too, so I’m not going to include Chacun Pour Soi in my Champion Chase tips.

Quotes from Nicky Henderson’s stable tour suggest he’s got Altior in ideal shape and the two-time Queen Mother winner proved he still had an electric turn of foot when winning the Game Spirit. Altior will still be popular in the Cheltenham Festival free bet offers too. Yet, the performances Altior has produced over the past 18 months suggest he could be slightly on the decline, and I think DEFI DU SEUIL will be waiting to receive the Champion Chase crown with open arms.

Philip Hobbs’ charge was one of the stars of the season during his novice campaign last term, and Defi Du Seuil has carried on in the same vein in 2019/20. Following a hard-fought victory in the Tingle Creek, Barry Geraghty’s mount blew Un De Sceaux away in the Clarence House, sealing a seven-length triumph without ever coming out of third gear.

I’ll be expecting Geraghty to sit quietly behind the pace. The stronger the early pace, the better. Jumping the last, Defi Du Seuil will make his winning charge, and I don’t think anyone in this field will be strong enough to deny him. He’ll be my sole runner in the Cheltenham Festival day two tips in Wednesday’s feature race, the Champion Chase.

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The feature on Cheltenham races day two card is the Champion Chase, a race that bears the name of the Queen Mother, who put so much into the sport she loved during her lifetime. Names of National Hunt racing greats pop out left, right and center when you read the roll of honor for the Champion Chase, with Badsworth Boy, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sancre ranking amongst the most popular Champion Chasers to ever grace the Cheltenham Festival.

Only the best of the best will be good enough to triumph in this fabled Grade One and the lucky winner will have fully deserved their place in sporting history.

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