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2021 Champion Chase Tips - Three Horses To Follow

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Champion Chase
  • The Queen Mother is the Championship race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Chacun Pour Soi heads Altior in the current market
  • We pick out three horses to follow who could end up running in the 2021 Champion Chase, come the end of the season
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Rachael Blackmore rides A Plus Tard to victory during in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase in 2019. (Getty)

We've taken a look through the ante-post betting for the Champion Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and picked out three horses to follow.

A week before the Cheltenham Festival, few races looked more exciting than the 2020 Champion Chase. Altior was locked in a battle for favouritism with Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi, with punters expecting a thrilling battle to ensure. What followed, was a big disappointment. 

Chacun Pour Soi and Altior pulled out in the days leading up to Ladies’ Day. This left Defi Du Seuil as the odds-on favourite, but Philip Hobbs’ star produced a bizarre performance, trailing over the line fourth as Politologue made all to secure a shock win.

2021 Champion Chase Odds

NameBest Odds
Chacun Pour Soi5/1
Defi Du Seuil14/1
Put The Kettle On16/1
A Plus Tard16/1

Once again, we find the Queen Mother betting headed by Chacun Pour Soi, Altior and Defi Du Seuil, who finally clash in 2021. Here are three other names you may want to consider tracking this season, who could shape up into genuine Champion Chase contenders.

2021 Champion Chase Tips - Horses To Follow

A Plus Tard

A Plus Tard2021 Champion Chase Horse To FollowGET 16/1 HERE
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Deep down, Henry De Bromhead may regret sending A Plus Tard to the Ryanair in 2020. True, the former Northern Trust Novices’ Handicap Chase winner is a good stayer over two-and-a-half miles. Yet, when A Plus Tard defeated Chacun Pour Soi in the Paddy Reward’s Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, he didn’t outstay his rival, he outjumped him before quickening clear after the final flight.

Min proved too strong a stayer to pass in the Ryanair, and A Plus Tard had to settle for third. That was still a high-class performance from a young horse who, at the age of six, may not even have reached his peak as a chaser yet. With his Arkle winner, Put The Kettle On set to be pointed at the newly-created Mares’ Chase, I’d love to see A Plus Tard pointed at the 2021 Champion Chase and he’s certainly good enough to win Wednesday’s main event.

Le Richebourg

Le Richebourg2021 Champion Chase Horse To FollowGET 33/1 HERE
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Somewhat of a forgotten horse of the chasing ranks, Le Richbourg is due to resume his chasing career this autumn, having spent 18 months on the sidelines. Joseph O’Brien’s charge won back-to-back Grade One during his curtailed novice campaign, with his only defeat coming at the hands of Delta Work in the 2018 Drinmore at Fairyhouse.

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Le Richebourg (left) battles with Delta Work (right) in the 2018 Drinmore. (Getty)

The early months of the new season will be crucial, as O’Brien looks to see whether his stable star still retains all of his old ability. If he does, then the returning Le Richebourg could take the chasing scene by storm this term, and O’Brien’s seven-year-old represents good value in the 2021 Champion Chase betting. Good ground, however, is key.

Rouge Vif

Rouge Vif2021 Champion Chase Horse To FollowGET 66/1 HERE
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Harry Whittington’s charge was backed into 9/1 for the Arkle in 2020, having trounced the likes of Nube Negra and Precious Cargo in the Kingmaker at Warwick. Just like he had been behind Put The Kettle On in the Arkle Trial at Cheltenham in November, Rouge Vif got caught on his heels a bit as the field came down the hill, and was last with a lengthy deficit to make up on the climb to the line.

Although he was beaten by almost 20-lengths in the end, I was impressed with the way Rouge Vif battled all the way home, eventually snatching third. This likeable six-year-old still looked like he had some filling out to do last season, and I’m confident another summer on his back may help Rouge Vif take his game to a whole new level. He could be an outside bet for many punters on day two of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.


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