Cheltenham Festival day 2 tips for the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday 15th March including the best odds and reasons for our each-way betting tip.
The second Championship race at Cheltenham 2017 headlines day 2 of the Festival and the Queen Mother Champion Chase often produces one of the best individual performances of the week. Won last year by the phenomenal Sprinter Sacre, it’s hard to see past Douvan adding his name to the illustrious list of winners.
Possibly the banker of the festival, Willie Mullins’ unbeaten gelding Douvan is impossible to oppose. As he is such a short price it’s not really worth putting any many him, unless you are putting him in a Cheltenham Festival accumulator of course. However, this means there are plenty of big prices available for the all-important place betting.
Cheltenham Festival Each Way Tips
Colin Tizzard is having a superb season, partly thanks to the arrival of horses in the ownership of Ann and Alan Potts. Fox Norton won the Shloer Chase in really good style at Cheltenham back in November, but has since been beaten by Altior at Newbury. It was still a good run and he certainly has decent place claims. He was 10 lengths behind Douvan in the Arkle last year so he has a big enough gap to bridge with the favourite.
God’s Own came to life in the spring last year, with wins at the Aintree and Punchestown festivals. He showed that he can beat anything on his day, highlighted by his victory at the Irish venue where he gained the scalp of the one and only Vautour. He stays further than two miles so a strong gallop will suit him well and the minimum distance is no problem for him. Arguably slightly below par in three runs this season he has been given a break with an eye to bringing him back on song in time for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival. A close third in the Tingle Creek has been his most notable performance this season and hopefully he can build on that by picking up some place money in March for our Cheltenham Festival day 2 tip in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Third in this race the past two years, Special Tiara seems to like this meeting. Perhaps not quite at his best so far this season, he did win the Desert Orchid Chase at Christmas. But the form of that race isn’t great with Sir Valentino only half a length away, if he is to be getting close in the Champion Chase he will need to produce a significantly better performance than that.
Gary Moore has a couple that could take their chance in this race. Sire De Grugy was victorious here in 2014 but hasn’t won at Cheltenham since, and you could argue that this 11-year-old might be up against it now. He ran a great race in the Tingle Creek to finish behind Un De Sceaux but that was on soft ground which he seems to prefer nowadays and it’s unlikely the ground will turn up like that here. Traffic Fluide is very lightly raced for a 7-year-old. He made his comeback behind Altior at Newbury and was well beaten, but he was extremely exuberant so he probably needed that run to get the freshness out of his system. Improvement could be very much on the cards and you can’t rule him out if he starts living up to his potential.
Cheltenham Day 2 Tip
Gods Own (each-way) in the Queen Mother Champion Chase – 20/1 at William Hill.
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