The Champion Chase market paints a different picture following Shloer Chase.
- Chacun Pour Soi the 9/2 favourite
- Put The Kettle on as short as 7/1
- Defi Du Seuil eased out to 20/1
- Altior's odds clipped over weekend
Put The Kettle On now third-favourite for the Champion Chase
Put The Kettle On put in a tough performance in the Shloer Chase to throw herself into Champion Chase contention.
Henry De Bromhead’s mare wore down long-time leader Duc Des Genievres after the last to pick up the Grade 2 contest.
It’s likely she will have to improve further to land a Champion Chase, but she is going from strength to strength. De Bromhead will be very pleased with what he saw yesterday.
Defi Du Seuil drifts after poor performance
Defi Du Seuil disappointed again, having to be pulled up before the last fence by Richard Johnson. In turn, his price has drifted out to as big as 20/1, having been 8/1 before the race.
Sent off the 6/5 favourite, punters were hopeful the seven-year-old would put his Champion Chase effort behind him, and return to the brilliant form that saw him win the Shloer Chase, Tingle Creek and Clarence House last season.
Sadly, it wasn’t to be. His jumping was far from fluent and was beaten a fair way out. Hobbs has reported he is fine after the race, though it remains to be seen whether they will go for the Tingle Creek.
Now as big as 12/1 for the race at Sandown in December, the 2017 and 2019 Cheltenham Festival winner faces an uphill battle to get back to his best. Two poor runs in a row must leave connections concerned that Defi Du Seuil may be past his best.
Chacun Pour Soi still at the head of the market
It is Chacun Pour Soi who still remains at the top of the market, priced at 9/2, having not been seen since winning the Dublin Chase back in February.
Willie Mullins’s horse was pulled out of last season’s Champion Chase on the morning of the race due to having a foot abscess.
A stunning jumper, a similar plan to last season is on the cards, with Mullins hoping they won’t have the bad luck of last season.
Altior still in the picture to win his third Champion Chase
Altior, who also missed the 2020 Champion Chase, has attracted some support in the last few days too.
The 10-year-old has dominated the division in recent years, and whilst some argue he is on the decline, he showed his ability was still there when last seen at Newbury in February.
Nicky Henderson’s star is set to return for the Tingle Creek next month, which he is the 7/4 favourite for. Should he win there, his odds will surely shorten to make it a third Champion Chase.
Champion Chase odds:
|Chacun Pour Soi||9/2|
|Put The Kettle On||10/1|
|Defi Du Seuil||20/1|