[Free Tips For Cheltenham] Champion Chase 2021
Reigning Champion Chaser Politologue will face a new wave of challengers in the 2021 Champion Chase, while some of the 2-mile stalwarts of the last two seasons may also throw their hat once more into the ring. Indeed, though neither Altior or Chacun Pour Soi ran in the 2020 Champion Chase and Defi Du Seuil blew what looked a great chance to be champion, all three could bid to redeem their slightly tarnished reputations in 2021.
Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for the 2021 Champion Chase.
Champion Chase Analysis
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The previous season’s Arkle Chase is a great starting point when trying to find the Champion Chase winner, as five of the last 10 Champion Chase winners have run in the race. Three won the Arkle, with one finishing second, and one finishing fourth.
The three horses that won the Arkle and followed up in the next season’s Champion Chase in the last decade where Sizing Europe, Sprinter Sacre, and Altior, who also happened to be the three highest-rated winners of the Champion Chase in that period.
Put The Kettle On won the 2020 Arkle in impressive fashion, but the gut feeling was the race wasn’t a vintage renewal. Mares also have a poor record in the Champion Chase, as do 7-year-olds who have won just two of the last 10 editions. However, trainer Henry de Bromhead has won two of the last 10 Champion Chases, so she deserves some respect.
Fakir D’Oudairies was runner-up in the 2020 Arkle and he’ll only be six if he runs in the 2021 Champion Chase. No horse of that age has won in the last decade, but the 2007 and 2009 winners Voy Por Ustedes and Master Minded were both that age. He’ll need to improve again to win but this sound jumper has each-way potential.
It was 18-lengths back to the third in the Arkle, so the horses behind make little appeal. So, the other horse of interest from the race is Maire Banrigh, who was going well when falling three out. But as a mare, the trends don’t shout out in her favour, though the available 100/1 is tempting considering her owner has won the Champion Chase with One Man, Azertyioup, and Politologue.
Two of the last four winners of the Champion Chase have been horses that have contested at least two previous editions of the race, Politologue and Special Tiara. Sceaux Royal finished second in 2019 and fifth in 2020, but the ground would have to be good on the day for him to be of any interest.
Only one of the last 10 winners of the Champion Chase has not run at the previous season’s Cheltenham Festival, but Willie Mullins has two high-class potential challengers in Chacun Pour Soi and Douvan who fall into that category. The former is the current ante-post favourite for the 2021 Champion Chase but has yet to be tested in the heat of the Festival.
Douvan has the back-class to win a Champion Chase, after winning a Supreme Novice Hurdle and an Arkle, and he’s also run in the race twice before with no luck. But he’ll be 11 come the 2021 Champion Chase, and only three horses older than 10 have claimed the crown. Trainer Willie Mullins has also yet to win the Champion Chase, despite having run some high-class horses in it.
Two horses in the last 13 years have won back-to-back Champion Chases but both were rated much higher than 2020 Champion Chase winner Politologue. He may well turn to defend his crown, but it will be disappointing if his colours aren’t lowered by a better horse.
Two horses this century have also regained their Champion Chase crown after losing it, with Moscow Flyer doing it after one year and Sprinter Sacre after two. That means Altior should not be ruled out, despite missing the 2020 race. But if he is to regain his crown, he’ll be only the second horse to win three Champion Chases.
There are lots of other interesting horses in the betting for the 2021 Champion Chase, but it’s very unusual for winners to have dropped back in trip. That stat is against the likes of A Plus Tard, Min, Melon, Samcro, and Mister Fisher. It’s also uncommon for winners to have competed in handicaps over fences, which is against the likes of Chosen Mate.