Renowned Horse Racing Tipster and Journalist Ed Quigley, aka ‘Longshot Ted’ takes a look at one of the races of the week – The Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Predictions
- Edwardstone – 13/8 bet with 10bet
- Greaneteen – 25/1 bet with bet365
- Energumene – 7/4 bet with William Hill
This has all the ingredients of a classic, as we get the rematch of the Clarence House Chase as well as some lively outsiders in what has the ingredients to make it the race of the week.
ENERGUMENE is the defending champion, and he arrives here on the back of a disappointing run when only third in the aforementioned Clarence House at Cheltenham Festival. He was far from perfect at a few of his obstacles, so has plenty of question marks going into this. If he could return to the form which saw him win this race with ease last season then he will take a lot of beating, for all that I think this is a deeper race than 12 months ago even allowing for the last-minute defection of Gentleman De Mee. Rain won’t be a problem for the 9-year-old, and it will be interesting to see what tactics are deployed for the Willie Mullins trained superstar who was uncharacteristically lacklustre last time out.
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EDITEUR DU GITE is peaking at the age of nine, and perhaps isn’t getting enough credit for his win at Cheltenham last time out. The enterprising ride by Niall Houlihan gave both jockey and horse a first Grade 1 success where he posed some serious questions of his rivals from a long way out. Perhaps the protagonists weren’t firing on all cylinders on the day, but it was a swashbuckling effort from Gary Moore’s charge who will be looking to evoke memories of 2014 winner Sire de Grugy. The trickiest part of this race for him will be seeing if the dose can be repeated twice – on balance I think everyone will be much more aware of his front-end antics this time around.
I think the percentage call is to back EDWARDSTONE, who remarkably will be just one of two runners at the meeting for Barbury Castle supremo Alan King. Edwardstone was ridden patiently at Prestbury Park last time out, and if given the chance again I think Tom Cannon may well have positioned Edwardstone a lot closer. There was a strong element of him playing cat and mouse with Energumene and Editeur Du Gite slipped the field. I think it is a run that can be massively upgraded and I think Tom Cannon will be alert to any tactical malice this time around. Edwardstone was scintillating in the Tingle Creek, and has a very good record at Cheltenham – including when romping to victory in the Arkle, and looks a heavyweight contender here looking to add to his impressive haul of titles.
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Of the remainder, a case can be made for GREANETEEN from an each-way point of view. He is likely to be ridden cold by Harry Cobden and can swoop to try and pick up the pieces. He was only beaten 2 lengths in this two years ago and it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world were he to run a big race here. NUBE NEGRA fits the ‘from off the pace angle’ too. The Dan Skelton representative has very strong course form and will be primed to the minute for this – the big problem for connections will be the amount of rain that has arrived at Cheltenham in recent days. He would be much happier on Spring ground, which looking at the forecasts he is unlikely to get.
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CAPTAIN GUINNESS will be looking to go well at a price for the popular Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore combination, but looks up against it here. FUNAMBULE SIVOLA picked up the pieces to finish second 12 months ago, but this looks much tougher, for all that he arrives here in winning form.
It should be a cracker, and I’m backing the Alan King star to come out on top.
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