We bring you the latest Queen Mother Champion Chase odds, and with Sprinter Sacre lining up, this year’s race could be one of the all-time great races.
Ladbrokes have released great news they will be showing all Festival races including Wednesday’s highlight plus they release the latest Champion Chase odds for punters to pick up.
Ladbrokes’ Live Streaming sports service, Ladbrokes TV, was launched in 2008.
Over time the service has picked up momentum and been given rave reviews from customers and industry critics alike. Horse racing is at the top of Ladbrokes pile when it comes to streaming.
To access the live streaming all punters need to do is to sign up, free of charge, to Ladbrokes via their website. Once signed up, you can access every Cheltenham race. All you need to do is bet a minimum of £1 on the National Hunt Chase Challenge market to be able to access the stream.
The Sportingbet Tingle Creek is unquestionably the preeminent guide to the Champion Chase having featured eight of the last 11 winners which is three more than any other race within that same time period – therefore it is unsurprising to see the brilliant Tingle Creek winner Sprinter Sacre heading the ante-post betting.
Nicky Henderson’s star chaser looks to have the world at his hoofs and is arguably the most exciting horse to emerge in the National Hunt world since Kauto Star in 2004.
He won the Arkle Chase in sublime style last season – the last 13 Arkle trophy winners to run the following season have all placed at worst in the Champion Chase – and all roads lead to the Champion Chase now.
In 2012 he was simply sensational. He won five from five over fences, all done in a style that we have rarely seen at the top level – 2013 looks to go the same way.
Henderson’s chaser was never off the bridle last season in his wins, and that included his seven length demolition job on Cue Card in the Arkle Chase, where subsequent Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Al Ferof was back in third.
The biggest worry for his rivals is that he doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses in his game and Henderson only reckons he’s going to improve with age. At 1/2 he will be may people’s banker for the Festival.
This is certainly a race that has a habit of producing multiple winners.
In total, eleven horses have won back-to-back Champion Chase’s since its inception in 1959, and that total could have been 12 if Sizing Europe got the better of Finian’s Rainbow in the 2012 renewal.
However that stat is becoming a little outdated as it’s worth noting that Sizing Europe’s defeat was the tenth time in ten years that the last defending champion chase winners were beaten when attempting to defend their title the following season and nine of the those started favourite or second favourite.
That certainly is a negative towards the chances of the Nicky Henderson-trained Finian’s Rainbow, who has been pretty friendless in the market anyway, around the 10/1 mark with Ladbrokes.
The Champion Chase is, historically, a very good race for the Irish down the years having won 21 of the 53 runnings. It is also worth noting that that last six times when they have supplied the winner they also weighed in the runner up on five occasions.
With those things in mind, the real challenger looks to be Flemenstar, who is trained by Peter Casey.
He looked set for a campaign over three miles this year after going unbeaten in 2012, however a non-staying performance in the Lexus Chase has changed Casey’s mind, and he has eyes for taking on Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham. Over two miles, there aren’t many better around than Flemenstar.
Sprinter Sacre will be facing his toughest test to date if the Irish talent rocks up in the Champion Chase.
Anyone taking the 1/2 with Paddy Power should be wary though that Casey hasn’t declared his charge for the race as yet, and he is a trainer who likes to keep punters on their toes regarding his decision making.