Altior and Douvan Gunning for Glory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase
There have been over 30 entries for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which takes place on the second day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
Willie Mullins has nine possibilities for the two-mile contest, including the returning Douvan. Early reports suggested that the seven-year-old chaser would be out of the remainder of the season but his return to the tracks looks set to be quicker than many had anticipated. Having only been defeated once in ten outings, Douvan is undoubtedly a star attraction and fans cannot wait to see him back in action.
Altior is also scheduled to feature for Nicky Henderson with the Arkle winner recovering from a wind operation in time to feature in Gloucestershire. The eight-year-old has reportedly been working well and is set to be unleashed at Newbury prior to his appearance at the Cheltenham Festival.
It is set to be a fascinating battle between the pair, with Betfair offering 11/8 on Altior to come out on top whereas Douvan is priced at a tempting 7/2. The Mullins yard are also likely to unleash the stylish Min, whilst Paul Nicholl’s Politologue will also be desperate to get in on the act. Fox Norton, Un des Sceaux and Special Tiara all have plenty of experience and will be looking to capitalise on any slip-ups from the leading fancies.
Yanworth Set for a Big Run in the RSA Chase
The versatile Yanworth will once again represent Alan King but the trainer still hasn’t decided whether his star will compete over the smaller or larger obstacles. 10/1 is the biggest price available for the top-class competitor in the RSA Chase, and with many online bookmakers such as William Hill offering money back for all non-runners, this is a great incentive to enjoy a number of ante-post bets on this race.
Patrick Kelly saddles the favourite Presenting Percy, who has been victorious in two of his three chase starts but may lack the necessary experience to finish ahead of the field. Monalee is another strong competitor in a competitive renewal of this key race over the extended three miles.