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The stars of the two-mile chasing division will do battle on the second day of the festival for the prestigious Queen Mother Champion Chase. It’s the leading minimum-distance chase in the National Hunt calendar and is run over 13 daunting fences on the challenging Old Course at Prestbury Park.
A host of big names are look set to run in this year’s renewal including last year’s winner Politologue and two-time champ Altior. But Paddy Power’s very own Ruby Walsh believes all eyes should be on Chacun Pour Soi – and he should know having ridden three winners in the race.
An initial 31 entries were submitted for the 2021 Queen Mother Champion Chase, but a much smaller field will run on the day. Thanks to Paddy’s non-runner money back offer, there’s no risk of losing out if your pick withdraws.
QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE ANTEPOST TIPS
Ruby Walsh: “It has been a stop-start career for the supremely talented CHACUN POUR SOI. He’s a very, very good horse but he just has to go and deliver on the biggest stage at Cheltenham to be considered a great horse. I hope he gets the chance to do it. Chacun Pour Soi’s in great form and he looks the best in the field.”
Frank Hickey: “It’s difficult not to be impressed with the manner of NUBE NEGRA‘s win in the Desert Orchid Chase where he slammed Altior and also had Duc Des Genievres and Rouge Vif well beaten. His jumping was electric and bar a mistake at the last, he travelled like a dream. He might just be improving as he’s only a seven-year-old. He has run well at Cheltenham before finishing third in the 2018 Fred Winter where he hit the front turning into the straight, but was outstayed up the hill. If the ground comes up good-to-soft or bordering on good, I think he’ll have a right chance of definitely hitting the frame. Maybe he’s the one to put it up to Chacun Pour Soi?”
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WHEN IS THE QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE?
QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE WINNERS AT LAST FIVE FESTIVALS
2020 – Politologue (Horse), Harry Skelton (Jockey), Paul Nicholls (Trainer)
2019 – Altior, Nico de Boinville, Nicky Henderson
2018 – Altior, Nico de Boinville, Nicky Henderson
2017 – Special Tiara, Noel Fehily, Henry de Bromhead
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL‘S BIG RACES
March 16 – 13.20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 13.55 – Arkle Chase latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.40 – Mares’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 14.30 – Ryanair Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 13.20 – Triumph Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips
March 19 – 16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase latest odds and tips
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY TWO SCHEDULE
13:20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f
13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y
14.30 – Coral Cup (Grade 3) 2m 5f
15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y
15.40 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f 37y
16.15 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 62y
16.50 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 2m 87y
*Paddy will be all over your telly box throughout the Cheltenham Festival sponsoring ITV’s live coverage from Prestbury Park – and you can get free and exclusive tipping columns EVERY DAY from Ruby Walsh, Matt Chapman and Mick Fitzgerald here on PP News.
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