2019 Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips

The 2019 Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips from Betting.org experts have Altior down as unopposable and he’s a worthy odds-on favourite to win the feature 2m Grade 1 contest on day two of the Cheltenham Festival; Wednesday, 13 March. Min has twice chased Altior home at this meeting, so is the obvious forecast choice. As the remainder apart from Politologue have tons to find on official figures, he is the only each-way alternative to go one better than last year and hit the frame. Read all about these horses in our 2019 Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips preview.

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Altior
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Altior should retain Champion Chase and make history

One of the star attractions of the Cheltenham Festival, Altior, makes the defence of his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown on Wednesday (15:20). Nicky Henderson’s 2m division kingpin is looking to match Big Buck’s record of 18 consecutive wins under National Hunt Rules and is widely expected to do so.

This nine-year-old can cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats with yet another Grade 1 success. On official figures, Altior is 8lb and upwards clear of the eight horses who do line-up against him having scared off other competition. He has beaten the re-opposing Min by seven lengths over both hurdles and fences at this meeting before.

Altior’s honour roll of Grade 1 glory includes the Supreme here three years ago, then the Arkle in 2017 and this race 12 months ago. He survived an eleventh hour lameness scare to show his customary potent turn of foot up the Cheltenham hill sending his many fans and backers into raptures.

Unbeaten in 17 over hurdles and fences

In winning all four of his subsequent starts, the Grade 1 Celebration Chase and Tingle Creek at Sandown, then the Grade 2 Desert Orchid at Kempton and the Clarence House around Ascot, Altior has confirmed what everybody already knows. He is the best two-miler over jumps in training and has put all-comers to the sword.

He has nothing to fear from any of his rivals, because he has the beating of every single one of them. Granted a clear round, there is simply no looking past Altior going into the winners’ enclosure for a fourth consecutive Cheltenham Festival here.

While his odds of doing so are cramped, the price is entirely justified. With his rivals playing for second place at best, Altior is the epitome of banker across the entire four-day prestigious meeting and thus heads our 2019 Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips.

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Min appeals for forecast

While there is no reason to think Min can reverse previous form with the favourite, he is the most consistent of the challengers. That is reflected in the Willie Mullins trained eight-year-old being closest to Altior on BHA ratings and because he’s won both of his starts n Grade 1 company this season.

Although beaten a neck by the re-opposing Politologue at Aintree after filling second place in this 12 months ago, Min clearly found three spring festivals one too many. He was a below par fourth to Un De Sceaux at Punchestown, but dispelled any doubts about his ability when winning the John Durkan back up in trip on reappearance at that venue.

That race is usually won by a stayer with an eye on 3m races and further, but the ground did not come up testing for once. Min proved he stays further scoring by 1 1/2 lengths from last year’s JLT heroine Shattered Love and then followed-up when back down over 2m in the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown.

His success there was more authoritative as he easily ran out a six-length victor over Ordinary World, who also re-opposes. The assessors on both sides of the Irish Sea have left him on an unchanged mark of 167 – 1lb ahead of Politologue. As Min was 16 lengths ahead of that rival in last year’s Champion Chase, he clearly has more to offer at this distance.

While Min can’t beat Altior, there is every reason to think he will chase him home again. The suggestion in these 2019 Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips is to back them in a straight forecast to confirm last year’s form.

Politologue a possible each-way alternative

Paul Nicholls has his team in fine form heading into the Cheltenham Festival and, while the aforementioned Politologue has failed to fire in previous runs, he comes out as third best on ratings. The John Hales owned eight-year-old has tried longer trips this season, but now drops back down to contest this and looks the obvious each-way alternative.

While Politologue has five lengths to find on last year’s Champion Chase third God’s Own, that one is now 11. Although the Tom George trained runner still retains plenty of ability, time waits for no horse and as the oldest in the line-up he looks vulnerable despite his decent record of going well in this.

Politologue is rated 7lb clear of the remainder here so, with no worries about the drop back in trip, should be hitting the frame. While a case can be made for young improvers like Sceau Royal and Saint Calvados, they lack Grade 1 form in open company.

That’s not the case for Politologue who landed the 2017 Tingle Creek and that game Aintree success over Min. He thus completes our 2019 Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips as the most solid each-way option.

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