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2021 Punchestown Champion Chase Tips - Chacun to return to top form on day one

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Punchestown Champion Chase
  • This Grade One headlines the card on day one of the Punchestown Festival on Tuesday 27th April
  • Chacun Pour Soi leads Allaho and Nube Negra in the betting
  • Chacun Pour Soi is our best bet at 5/4
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Chacun Pour Soi winning at Punchestown. (Getty)

Day one at the Punchestown Festival is headlined by the Punchestown Champion Chase. This Grade One was first run in 1950, and has been won by greats like Master Minded, Sprinter Sacre, Moscow Flyer and Un de Sceaux.

We've taken a look through this year's field and picked out our best betting tips. 

2021 Punchestown Champion Chase Odds

Chacun Pour Soi5/4
Nube Negra9/2
Put The Kettle On7/1
First Flow12/1

*Odds taken from William Hill on 22/4/21*

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Willie Mullins has won three of the last five editions of this Grade One, and two of his top chasers will clash in Tuesday's feature.

Chacun Pour Soi entered the Cheltenham Festival as the odds-on favourite for the Champion Chase, having cruised to two easy Grade One wins at Leopardstown. Paul Townend looked well placed to pounce turning in, but those who feared Chacun Our Soi might not get up the hill were vindicated, as Put The Kettle On and Nube Negra swept past late on to relegate the favourite back to third.

The following day, Allaho produced one of the best performances we've ever seen at Cheltenham, powering to a stunning victory in the Ryanair Chase. Immediately following that run, Mullins confessed he was ammazed with the speed at which his star jumped that day, so it's no surprise to see Allaho dropped back to the minimum distance here.

Having finished ahead of Chacun Pour Soi at Cheltenham, Dan Skelton has decided to ship Nube Negra over to Punchestown for a crack at this Grade One. Harry Skelton was the last to flinch as the field jumped the final flight, but as the gaps ahead of him closed up, Skelton was forced to drag Nube Negra out wide on the run to the line, and they eventually came up half-a-length short.

First Flow didn't jump well in the Champion Chase, and did well to finish a six-length sixth. Kim Bailey's Clarence House winning will be much more comfortable going right-handed, but the ground will surely be far too quick for this known mudlark.

Put The Kettle On will tackle Altior in the Celebration Chase at Sandown on Saturday. Fakir D'Oudairies' odds suggest Joseph O'Brien will step his Melling Chase winner up to three miles for the Gold Cup, rather than dropping back to two miles.

Cilaos Emery will be Willie Mullins' third runner in this Grade One, but I don't think he has the speed for two miles on quick ground. Castlegrace Paddy ran a cracker behind Easy Game last time out, where I thought the ground had gone against him. This distance seems more suitable but, again, the going isn't.

2021 Punchestown Champion Chase - Verdict

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If Nube Negra manages to hang onto the coat-tails of his Irish rivals, then he does have the change of gear to strike late. Yet, I just fear Dan Skelton's raider may lack the quality of the two ahead of him in the market, and I doubt he will be within striking distance once the final flight is jumped.

Allaho produced a freakish performances to win the Ryanair, and he's certainly worth a go over two miles. However, I can't see him producing a similar performance on a flat track over this trip, and I fancy CHACUN POUR SOI will have a little too much in hand.

This week, Willie Mullins lamented the fact that the Champion Chase was run at a fairly sedate pace. Although he has been dominant over two miles, Chacun Pour Soi isn't possessed with an electrifying turn of foot, and usually beats his rivals on cruising speed alone.

If Allaho goes off like a bullet again - which he surely will - then I'm very confident Chacun Pour Soi will be able to lay up with the leader, and he'll eventually take over the running down the home straight.


One of the best performances of Chacun Pour Soi's career came here at Punchestown when handing a sound thrashing to Defi Du Seuil. Things didn't go to plan at Cheltenham, but the way this race is likely to be run will suit Chacun perfectly, and Paul Townend's mount remains the one to beat.

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