Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips
The second day of the Cheltenham Festival is headlined by the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and is regularly one of the most competitive races of the Festival. The Champion Chase is the leading National Hunt race of the season and the regular quality of the field reflects its importance. Altior was the early ante-post favourite, but after looking lame in the lead up to the Festival, he was withdrawn by Nicky Henderson on Tuesday afternoon. That leaves an open field in the Champion Chase with a new winner on the horizon. Bet UK will also provide Cheltenham Festival betting tips and the latest odds and news throughout the event.
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2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tip
Following Altior's withdrawal, we've had to pick a different winner for the 2020 Champion Chase. Altior was the clear favourite and was widely expected to retain his Champion Chase crown for another year, but a poor warm up to the Festival leaves him out of this one. With that being said, we've chosen Defi Du Seuil to pick up the pieces and give Barry Geraghty his record breaking win.
In any other race, Defi Du Seuil would have been the outright favourite from the beginning. He's a two time Cheltenham winner, including a win at the Festival in last year's Novice's Chase. Since that win, Philip Hobbs' runner has won 3 of 4 races. Two of those came against Un De Sceaux - an impressive runner in his own right. The third of those wins was against Politologue, who is also confirmed to run in this year's Champion Chase.
2020 Racecard for the Queen Mother Champion Chase
3:30 Cheltenham - Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
Grade 1 - Class 1 - 2m
|1||Altior||111-21||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson||11-10|
|2||Bun Doran||2-521F||Jonathan Burke||Tom George||11-10|
|3||Chacun Pour Soi||/1-121||Paul Townend||W P Mullins||11-10|
|4||Defi Du Seuil||1-2111||Barry Geraghty||Philip Hobbs||11-10|
|5||Dynamite Dollars||2111-3||Harry Cobden||Paul Nicholls||11-10|
|6||Politologue||422-25||Harry Skelton||Paul Nicholls||11-10|
|7||Sceau Royal||32-632||Daryl Jacob||Alan King||11-10|
History of the Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the newest of the 4 highlight races at the Cheltenham Festival. Originally ran in 1959, the race was given its name in 1980. The Queen Mother was a well-known supporter of jumps racing and Cheltenham owners dedicated this race to celebrate the fact. In the 80’s one of the more successful Champion Chase runners started his winning streak. Badsworth Boy won in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and remains the horse with the most wins in the race.
Last year’s winner Altior will was withdrawn from the race with only a day's notice, leaving an open field in his wake. It will also be interesting to see who Barry Geraghty chooses to ride on the day. Geraghty is one win away from being the outright most successful jockey in the Champion Chase. He is currently joint 1st with 5 wins, however he will surely be looking for number 6 this week.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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