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2021 Champion Chase Tips - Ante-post preview and two early bets

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Champion Chase
  • 31 top chasers have been entered in the Championship race on day two of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival
  • Chacun Pour Soi dominates the current betting
  • Nube Negra and Defi Du Seuil are our ante-post bets
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Defi Du Seuil could be a good ante-post bet for the 2021 Champion Chase. (Getty)

There was great excitement this week when the entries for the 2021 Champion Chase were revealed. 31 of the sport’s finest chasers have been given the chance to follow in the footsteps of greats like Badsworth Boy, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre, but lifting the famous Queen Mother trophy.

I’ve taken a look through the entries for this prestigious Grade One, and highlighted my top two Champion Chase ante-post bets.

2021 Champion Chase Odds

Chacun Pour Soi11/8
Nube Negra12/1
Put The Kettle On16/1

*Odds taken on 15/1/21*

The Champion Chase is one of the few races that Willie Mullins has never won at the Cheltenham Festival. The odds suggest that Chacun Pour Soi merely has to turn up to win, but things are never as straightforward as they seem.

This fragile nine-year-old has produced the best performance we’ve seen from a chaser this season, powering clear to win at Leopardstown. Despite his advancing age, Chacun Pour Soi has never run at Cheltenham before, and course form is often vital in the Champion Chase. 11/8 is an incredibly short price for a horse who’s only been seen six times since the start of 2017, and has never been deemed fit enough to run at the Cheltenham Festival.

Politologue is an admirable horse, but he was a fortunate winner of the Queen Mother last year - as Chacun Pour Soi and Altior didn’t turn up, and Defi Du Seuil was clearly well below his best – and he currently offers little-to-no value from an ante-post stand-point.

could be worth an each-way punt, but that performance at Kempton over Christmas, where he looked a shadow of his former self, was extremely off-putting.

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Nube Negra destroyed some top-quality rivals in the Desert Orchid Chase. (Getty)

2021 Champion Chase Tips - Ante-Post Tip 1

NUBE NEGRA drifted out to 20/1 prior to the Desert Orchid, with punters focussing on Altior, Duc Des Genievres and Rouge Vif. Yet, you could have picked Harry Skelton’s mount as the most obvious winner a mile out. Nube Negra stalked Duc Des Genievres, hitting the front at the second last, and Skelton barely had to ask his mount for an effort as he put the race to bed.

Even as a novice, Nube Negra jumped beautifully, winning his first two starts over fences without breaking a sweat. Dan Skelton's charge then came up a length short of Espirit Du Large in the Henry VIII at Sandown, and didn’t have much left in the tank when going down to Rouge Vif at Warwick.

Nube Negra is a young, talented chaser, who’s clearly still on the upgrade. Skelton has realised he needs a decent break between his races, so I was delighted to hear that the plan was to go straight from Kempton to the Champion Chase. Harry Skelton’s mount finished a close third in the 2018 Boodles Juvenile Handicap, so he does have previous around this track. At 10/1, I think he’s the best Champion Chase value bet as we currently stand.

2021 Champion Chase Tips - Ante-Post Tip 2

Defi Du Seuil (NRNB)2021 Champion Chase Ante-Post TipsGET 25/1 HERE
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If you can forgive him a couple of shocking runs, this is the best time to back DEFI DU SEUIL, with Non-Runner No Bet stipulations in place. When Altior and Chacun Pour Soi came out of the race last year, Philip Hobbs’ two-time Cheltenham Festival winner was backed into 2/5 to win the Queen Mother. However, it was clear from an early stage that Defi was not on his game, and the favourite could only finish a well-beaten fourth.

All eyes were on Richard Johnson’s mount when he made his return in the Shloer Chase, but the writing was on the wall early. Defi Du Seuil produced a shocking jump at the first couple of obstacles, and simply recover his composure. Plans to run in the Tingle Creek were immediately shelved, and Hobbs’ star has been on the sidelines ever since.

It now seems certain that Defi Du Seuil will make his return to action in the Clarence House Chase later this month, where he’ll square off against Politologue. If Defi Du Seuil wins, then he’ll come into a single-figure price for the Champion Chase, and he has all the qualities needed to win this great race. If he underwhelms again, I can’t see Hobbs running his eight-year-old on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, and you’ll get your money back in cash.

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