Who will be the Champion of the Champion Chase at Cheltenham 2017?



Who will be the Champion of the Champion Chase at Cheltenham 2017?

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Well the gates of Cheltenham race course have closed for another year and what a year itís been at the course. A number of fan favourites including Thistlecrack, Annie Power and Don Cossack all raced to stunning victories during the Cheltenham Festival. The course also saw Olympic cycling hero Victoria Pendleton achieve her goal of competing in the Foxhunter Chase, finishing an impressive fifth just 12 months after taking up the sport.

But now all of that is in the past and the horse racing odds for this yearís Cheltenham Festival have already been released. One of the big races already attracting a lot of money from punters is the Champion Chase, which will be held on Tuesday the 14th of March 2017. So who will be the next horse to write their name in the Cheltenham history books?

At the moment Coral are offering pretty long horse racing odds across the field, meaning you could really end up winning bid if you place your bet early. Only the favourite Douvan have odds shorter than 7/1. The horse looked after by Irish trainer Willie Mullins shot up to the top of the horse racing odds for this race as soon as he won the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival this year. The young horse hasnít lost any of its last eight races, meaning itís been given odds of just 4/7 to win this race.

Of course we all know performing well in the past never guarantees that the horse will perform well in the future. That means that the bookmakers could be forced to pay out a lot if anyone other than Douvan wins. The horse racing odds are currently so rewarding that even if you played money on the second favourite Fox Norton, youíre looking at a return eight times larger than your stake. The horse has had a busy 2016, finishing in the top three in all seven of the races itís been entered in. After winning his last three races of 2016, he is in prime position to cause an upset in the Champion Chase with odds of 7/1.

If youíre looking for even longer horse racing odds, Un De Sceaux could also cause a big upset with odds of 10/1 at Coral. The horse has failed to finish lower than second in all four of the races itís been entered this year. Fourth favourite God's Own has massively tempting odds of 20/1. Since the horse won the champion chase at Aintree earlier this year, there is every chance he could end up in the winnerís enclosure at Cheltenham.

Behind the top four are another five horses that all have the potential to cause a real upset at odds of 25/1. If Ar Mad, L'Ami Serge, Special Tiara, Traffic Fluide or Vaniteux even finish in the top three they could cause big payouts from bookmakers like Coral who pay out 1/5 for the top three when you bet each way.