Cheltenham Champion Chase 2021 Trends

Need some help finding the winner of the 2021 edition of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last ten renewals in order to help you find the winner of this blue-riband event for the fastest chasers in the sport.

Cheltenham Champion Chase 2021 Trends
Cheltenham Champion Chase 2021 Trends

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2021 Cheltenham Champion Chase Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Ages between seven and 10-years-old
  • Rated 159+
  • At least one Grade 1 victory
  • Seven or more starts over fences (with at least five wins)
  • At least one run at Cheltenham before

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Had won one of their last three starts
  • Had two or more starts that season
  • Finished in the top three in their last race
  • At least one win during that season
  • Victory in two or more Grade 1 races

Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The Grade 1 Clarence House Chase has provided plenty of winners over the last 10 years (Altior, Special Tiara, Dodging Bullets, Sire De Grugy, Sprinter Sacre & Finian's Rainbow).
  • The Grade 2 Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown also works well here with two winners over the last decade (Sizing Europe & Big Zeb).
  • Sprinter Sacre (2016 winner) won the Grade 1 Desert Orchid Chase before his Champion Chase victory.
  • Altior, who romped home in 2018, won the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. Fox Norton and Module were also winners of that race who placed in the proceeding Cheltenham Champion Chase.
  • 2020 winner Politologue didn’t run in between his disappointing Tingle Creek Chase effort in December 2019 and the Cheltenham Festival, which is an unusually lengthy period of time in between races for a winner of this race.

Trainer Trends

  • Nicky Henderson boasts a phenomenal record in this race with a 50% strike - five winners from 10 runners in the last decade.
  • Paul Nicholls has also won the race six times, most recently in 2020 (also trained the runner-up), but that was only his second success of the last decade.
  • Henry De Bromhead has also had some success here with two wins from 11 runs.
  • Willie Mullins will hope to open his account in this race soon and many will be expecting to do so should Chacun Pour Soi make it to the gig.

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Jockey Trends

  • Nico de Boinville has enjoyed great success here thanks to superstars Altior and Sprinter Sacre - he has taken three of the last five editions.
  • Jamie Moore, Sam Twiston-Davies and Harry Skelton are all looking to add to their sole race victories and the last-named of that trio will have the brightest prospects should he, as expected, keep the ride on Politologue.

How did the trends do last year?

Not too badly in the main but the lack of a recent run would have put many off backing Politologue, especially as he had run so badly in the Tingle Creek. As it turned out, he had bled at Sandown so there was a genuine excuse and a good deal of credit has to go to Paul Nicholls for getting him to the festival in such good shape.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2021?

Could this finally be the year that Willie Mullins breaks his Champion Chase duck? Many think it will be because Chacun Pour Soi has all the credentials to be a champion and he has looked at the peak of his powers in Ireland this winter.

The only potential fly in the ointment for his backers is that he has no experience of the Prestbury Park course.

Last year’s winner Politologue would seem the logical alternative, indeed he fits the bill I every respect trends-wise but he was put firmly in the place by ‘new kid on the block’ First Flow at Ascot in January. First Flow does have experience of Cheltenham but only thanks to a pulled-up effort in the 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

2020 Cheltenham Champion Chase Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stPolitologue6/1Paul NichollsHarry Skelton
2ndDynamite Dollars7/1Paul NicholsHarry Cobden
3rdBun Doran33/1Tom GeorgeJonathan Burke

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