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2016 Cheltenham Festival Day 2 - Queen Mother Champion Chase

All the talk ahead of the 15:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase has been of Un De Sceaux, the odds on favourite. He's certainly a quality horse and based on his form this winter we can see how he will be one of the strongest contenders for this one.

If you've got your heart set on backing him the best place we've found to do it is BoyleSports, at 8/11. If you're not so sure, read on...

Un De Sceaux is undoubtedly a quality horse, but we still have our concerns. He has shown issues with his jumping before, falling twice in seven chases. We're also not so certain about his only win over fences against non-novice racers. Sire De Grugy was running there off the back of an arduous trip at Kempton a few weeks before, while the three other horses running have done nothing to suggest they were franking any kind of form.

On top of all that, Un De Sceaux's odds are so short there's no appeal to us in backing them. So who would we prefer to tip instead?

The favourites stablemate may well be one to keep an eye on. Felix Younger has won six of his last seven races, and looks to have only improved over the last year or so. He's been defeated over hurdles just once since December 2014, and with plenty of evidence that he can win over this distance we think he's well worth picking up here.

The best place to back him is at StanJames, at a very decent 14/1.

If you want an even longer odds punt, Sizing Granite looks like the horse to be on. Switching trainers may benefit him, this being his debut after leaving De Bromhead, and the ground should suit him nicely. He looked smart as a novice, and although his more recent form looks less appealing we think he could surprise the field on Wednesday.

He makes a very tempting each way bet at a price of 33/1 over at BetFred.

2016 Cheltenham Festival Day 1

It's Cheltenham Festival time again, and we can't wait to bring you the best odds and most tempting prices all week long! We're starting with Tuesday's feature race, the 15:30 Champion Hurdle, where Annie Power is one of the hottest favourites of the day.

It seems odd that a horse who hasn't been seen in nine months and who hasn't raced over this distance in over two years should be favourite for the win. Punters are overlooking that, though, in favour of her other stats, which include a career where she has suffered just one defeat. She also fell in the Mares' Hurdle last year, but she was comfortably the likeliest winner otherwise, and although the absence gives her something to prove she has a 7lb advantage to help her prove it.

She's likely to be the one to beat, and the best place to back her is at StanJames, who are offering a decent 9/4.

The closest challenger in the field may well be Nichols Canyon, who is a good stayer who can make this distance without too much trouble. A third place on his last run was a disappointment, but followed on from a superb victory in December when making a mistake two out but battling back to beat Identity Thief. That effort may have taken something out of him, hence the third place next time out, but if he's back to the form that saw him win four in a row after his less successful attempt at the Neptune here last year then he will play a major part in this one.

The best place to back him is at Coral at a very reasonable 6/1.

Finally, what of the longer odds horses? One of them stands out above the others as potentially overpriced.

Camping Ground has only run five races since moving here from France, but he has stood out as one to watch in a few ways. Most importantly, he's a course winner who has showed that he has the talent to take a victory over 2m 4f, dominating his rivals on the day despite the poor conditions. His stamina and control in that race suggest he's got the pace for a shorter trip, and his failure to stay the Cleeve Hurdle won't matter in this shorter race.

With just those five races in the UK there's still potential to see more from Camping Ground, and we think he's well worth an each way punt when you can pick him up at PaddyPower at a very tempting 25/1.

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