Mullins out to end Champion Chase wait

17 March 2021 02:06:11 GMTPlus11

Chacun Pour Soi will bid to give Willie Mullins his first win in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.

The nine-year-old, owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci, missed the festival with a late setback last year but is set to line up against nine rivals, although two-time Champion Chase winner Altior is not among them after his own late setback.

He's had a great season so far and done nothing wrong.

Willie Mullins

Chacun Pour Soi is yet to race at Cheltenham but has looked better than ever this season, winning all three of his starts including two Grade 1s. He proved far too good in the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown when he pulled eight lengths clear of Fakir D'Oudairies.

Nube Negra - who beat Altior at Kempton - is among the opposition, as is last year's winner Politologue. The 2020 Arkle Novices' Chase winner Put The Kettle On and Clarence House Chase victor First Flow also feature in the field.

Sceau Royal, Rouge Vif, Notebook, Greaneteen and Chacun Pour Soi's stablemate Cilaos Emery complete the ten runners.

Mullins said: "Chacun comes here in great form. He's had a great season so far and done nothing wrong. I've been very happy with him.

"Cilaos Emery was impressive at Naas on his first run back after a break and his run in the Champion Hurdle last year gives him a great chance of picking up some nice prize money today.

"The fact that there will be no crowds in attendance will suit him, as sometimes the atmosphere on a big day can upset him."

Chacun Pour Soi is 1.61 to win the Champion Chase, with Nube Negra 12.00 and Put The Kettle On 9.50.

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