Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Preview: Altior Aiming To Cement Legendary Status

Martin Green

Sunday, March 3, 2019 9:00 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 9:00 PM UTC

Returning champion Altior heads into the Champion Chase on a 17-race winning streak and it is hard to see anyone dethroning Nicky Henderson's superstar chaser.

<p><strong>Queen Mother Champion Chase 2019</strong></p><p>The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature race on day two of the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/cheltenham-festival-2019-horse-racing-tips-and-essential-betting-guide/89503/" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival">Cheltenham Festival</a> and this year’s renewal should prove to be a thrilling battle. The shorter distance typically ensures a pulsating finish and the atmosphere will be electric as the Ladies Day crowd roars them down the home straight. It is the leading minimum-distance chase in the National Hunt calendar and always attracts an exceptionally strong field studded with superstar talent. A truly exceptional group of entries will line up for this year’s race and you can expect ante post betting to go into overdrive as the festival looms ever closer.</p><p>The Champion Chase was established in 1959 and has always been the most prestigious minimum-distance chase of the season. In 1980 it was renamed to honour the Queen Mother, a lifelong supporter of jumps racing, on the year of her 80th birthday. It is run over the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of 2 miles and it takes in 12 fences.</p><p><strong>Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/nicky-henderson-cheltenham-festival-trainer-profile/89523/" target="_blank" title="Nicky Henderson">Nicky Henderson</a>’s Altior was the toast of punters across the land when he landed the Champion Chase on tacky ground last year. He displayed his class towards the end of the race by surging past Politologue and God’s Own and then usurping Min on the home straight. He looked in trouble for much of the race, but ended up winning by seven lengths and delighted bettors that had taken even money on him securing victory. Since then he has cemented his status as the leading racehorse of his generation by extending his winning streak to 17 races.</p><p>He was superb in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on December 27, and then he landed the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase ahead of Fox Norton in January. People are already questioning whether he is better than Henderson’s other superstar chaser, the legendary Sprinting Sacre, who won this race in 2013 and 2015. He might well be, and he is the heavy favourite to clinch another famous victory at this year’s Champion Hurdle. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a> is offering a market leading 4/9 on him defending his crown, and that could be a shrewd investment if you have a lot of cash to lay down.</p><p>Otherwise anyone seeking value will have to look at each-way options. The next three runners in the ante-post Champion Chase betting lines all hail from the Willie Mullins stable: Min, Un De Sceaux and Footpad. The latter might be interesting at 10/1 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> after winning the Arkle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, but Un De Sceaux offers even more value at 16/1.</p><p><strong>Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips</strong></p><p>Punters are lumping on Altior and rightly so. He is attracting the lion’s share of bets and going in all sorts of accumulators, and it is hard to see anyone toppling. Footpad and Min are the most popular longer shots, but it is worth keeping a close eye on Un De Sceaux.</p><p>He was second in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last year, before picking up consecutive wins in the Grade 2 Devenish Chase and the Punchestown Champion Chase, a race in which be beat Min comfortably. He finished second to Altior on his return this season in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase, and he has the ability to place in the Champion Chase.Altior</p>
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