Champion Chase tips: Paddy Power experts debate winner of Cheltenham race

Ruby Walsh, Frank Hickey and Paul Jacobs were speaking at a live recording of our From the Horse’s Mouth Podcast

Defi De Seuil Barry Geraghty



This is going to be the race of the week, isn’t it? Altior is the one I don’t like of the top three, which includes Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soil. His Champion Chase win last year won’t be good enough to win this time.

There’s not much between the other two. I’d probably just go for Defi Du Seuil. He’s got a good record at Cheltenham. He’s won every race this year impressively. He stays and travels well, but there’s not much between them.

Altior winning Queen Mother Champion Chase


I thought Chacun Pour Soil was impressive last time at Leopardstown, but bloody hell did he have a tough race that day. They raced from a long way out and it was a brutal trip which could have taken it out of him.

I think Defi Du Seuil is improving but I still don’t think he’s good enough.



Altior reminds me of Hurricane Fly. He’s got older and lazier, but like Hurricane Fly he’s very hard to beat. Cheltenham is like a home game for Altior. He’ll be very hard to beat here.

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What do you think?