Champion Chase Tips and Betting Offers, Cheltenham, 13th March 2019

Altior’s name will be etched into another page of the history books should he claim victory once again in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Another win for Nicky Henderson’s horse will put his unbeaten streak up to 18 races, matching the record set by the legendary Big Buck’s.

Min will be attempting to spoil the party but Willie Mullins’ horse will need a lifetime best performance to cause an upset this Wednesday.

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Champion Chase Preview – All About Altior

It’s little surprise that Altior approaches this test as the odds-on favourite given his record over fences. He’s won 12 contests on the trot over the bigger obstacles including three comfortable victories this season. The latest campaign began with a battle versus Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek chase.

The pair were side by side as they leaped the final fence but Altior simply had too much power down the final stretch as he brushed the 11-year-old aside. While forced to break a slight sweat that day, victories in the Desert Orchid and the Clarence House Chase were almost without challenge.

As easy as the most recent races were, at Ascot, Altior showed a tendency to jump left over the fences. It was a newly developed habit for the normally faultless jumper and one that certainly cost him a little time in the Clarence House. Nicky Henderson remained entirely unconcerned though stating that it’s common for horses to jump left at Ascot.

He also pointed towards the uncompetitive nature of the race as to why his nine-year-old seemed to be taking things casually. Even if his jumping is not on point this Wednesday, his incredible speed down the straight will more than compensate for it.

Can Min Make An Impression?

Min (4/1) is the only horse trading in single digits, making him the biggest threat to the odds-on favourite. The bay gelding has had to make do with second place finishes during his last two Festival appearances, bested by Altior on both occasions. He travelled well held during the last renewal of the Champion Chase but was blown away by Henderson’s horse late on. It’s hard to argue that Willie Mullins’ gelding has made any significant progress within the last 12 months so it’ll be a case of second best for him again here.

Sceau Royal (14/1) is next up in the betting but he wound up 24 lengths behind Altior when the pair met at Sandown in December. The ground wasn’t to his liking that day but recent rainfall means that conditions won’t be ideal for the seven-year-old here either.

Softer ground will be no issue for Politologue (25/1) who finished just four lengths behind Altior at a fairly muddy Newbury last February. He’s been out of form lately but longer trips have been largely responsible. A return to the two mile mark will suit and could well see him edge out Min, just as he did in last year’s Melling Chase.