The feature contest on day two of the Festival, the Queen Mother Champion Chase is the biggest race of the year for two mile chasers.
It is for horses aged five and above and there are thirteen fences to be jumped.
This race has been won by some greats down the years including Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre.
Sixteen of the last twenty-two winners of this race arrived here on the back of a win and twelve of the last twenty winners were previous Festival winners.
Nicky Henderson (6) and Paul Nicholls (5) have won this race eleven times between them since 1992, with Henderson winning five of the last nine renewals.
It pays to avoid older runners in the race as only one of the past forty-two winners was older than ten and you need a horse that has been sparingly campaigned.
Only one of the last sixteen winners had run more than three times that season.
Previous Winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Chacun Pour Soi – Willie Mullins
Chacun Pour Soi looks to have solid claims in order to give Willie Mullins a first ever win in this race.
The nine-year-old comes here looking for a fifth straight win having won multiple Grade One chases at Leopardstown and Cork.
He has swept away the opposition that has lined up against him with the minimum of fuss, but unbelievably he has no previous experience of this track.
He jumps fences like they are hurdles but he will need to be at his absolute best in order to manoeuvre his way around the course.
The fences will come thick and fast and there is no margin for error.
He is the favourite for a reason and they have won two of the last three renewals of this race. He looks the obvious pick.
Politilogue – Paul Nicholls
Politilogue was an easy winner of the race last year but he was dealt a favour due to other rivals not making the line-up and other rivals seriously under-performing on the day.
The likable grey found himself dictating the pace and Harry Skelton poached an unassailable lead that could not be clawed back.
This is a very different test today as there will be plenty of pace on all around and he may just sulk if he doesn’t get his own way.
He was brushed aside all too easily by First Flow in the Clarence House Chase at Sandown and has a lot of work on to reverse that form.
Nube Negra – Dan Skelton
Nube Negra enjoyed his first run back at the track for almost a year when accounting for an out of sorts Altior in the Desert Orchid Chase.
Whilst his yard are in absolutely flying form at present, all of his best runs have come on flat tracks including Kempton, Fakenham and Warwick.
He has been to Cheltenham twice before and hasn’t won so it’s difficult to see that happening here.
There is also the possibility of the dreaded “bounce” factor occurring and he ought to have too much on his plate.
Put The Kettle On – Henry De Bromhead
Put The Kettle On has a tremendous record over this course and distance and has attracted significant support now that the race is getting closer.
She is the only mare scheduled to line-up and with previous track experience on her side, she may well finish a good bit closer to Chacun Pour Soi than when they last met at Leopardstown last month.
She is an absolute model of consistency and no surprise if made a bold attempt to maintain her one hundred percent strike rate over the course and distance.
First Flow – Kim Bailey
First Flow came into his own when easily sweeping aside Politilogue in the Clarence House Chase.
He comes into the race in the form of his life having won his last six races in a row.
It is worth noting that he did pull up on his only other attempt at this track though and he is another that has shown all of his best form on flat tracks such as Doncaster, Ascot, Leicester and Sandown.
He might be a little out of puff coming up this hill and may struggle as a result.
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2021 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips
Put The Kettle On comes here in search of a second Cheltenham Festival win and hopes to provide another shock following her success in the Arkle last season.
She looks excellent each way value in a field where plenty look past their prime or have something to prove.
Chacun Pour Soi may be many people’s banker of the week but his current odds are far too short given his lack of experience at the track and the recent record of Irish challengers in this race.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 4/5 Chacun Pour Soi
- 17/2 Put The Kettle On
- 9/1 Politologue
- 11/1 Nube Negra
- 12/1 Sceau Royal
- 14/1 Cilaos Emery
- 16/1 First Flow
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