• 13/03/2019
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It may be time he passed the torch over to a younger rival and, while Chacun Pour Soi would be a worthy winner, I think it’ll be DEFI DU SEUIL who gratefully accepts Altior’s mantle.

Chacun Pour Soi may have beaten the market leader at Punchestown last season, but Defi Du Seuil went into that on the back of a long-hard season and the winner was fresh as a daisy. That was a very slow race, and Chacun Pour Soi was able to see off the field from the front.

At Leopardstown over Christmas, A Plus Tard stayed with Paul Townend’s mount as the leaders set a hot pace and Chacun Pour Soi had no answer as Henry De Bromhead’s charge outstayed him after the last. Mullins’ charge may have jumped Min into submission in the Dublin Chase, but I was expecting Chacun Pour Soi to pull much further clear on the run to the line than he eventually did. I’m not sure the track at Cheltenham will suit.

The Champion Chase is always a truly run race. Which may not suit Chacun Pour Soi, but it’ll definitely be to Defi Du Seuil’s taste. Philip Hobbs’ star stays 20 furlongs no problem and has displayed tremendous gears over both two and two-and-a-half-miles. The faster they go, the better it will be for Barry Geraghty, who will sit just off the pace before pouncing on whoever’s leading as they approach the final flight.


Daryl Carter’s Champion Chase Video



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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