With several bookmakers going non-runner-no bet on the Champion Chase the race could provide a good value each-way bet in Sceau Royal.
SCEAU ROYAL – 16-1 ( each-way ) with Bet365 and Paddy Power ( NRNB ) Champion Chase 3.35pm Cheltenham 13th March.
Taking on the unbeaten chasing superstar Altior in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase would appear to be financial suicide as the son of High Chaparral looks to be head and shoulders above the opposition in the two mile test of speed and jumping. Winning a championship contest at the greatest four days of national hunt racing is never that simple however and there are several reasons to believe that an early ante-post wager in the non runner no bet Cheltenham special betting offers market on a decent priced runner could pay dividends.
With one of the Cheltenham betting offers available with several bookmakers the generous concession of non runner no bet ( nrnb) it is worth having an each-way investment on the Alan King inmate Sceau Royal at the 16-1 available with Bet365 and Paddy Power in the belief that you will have your stake returned should the seven-year-old fail to line up on Wednesday 13th March.
Sceau Royal to head straight for Queen Mother Champion Chase > https://t.co/dnXtWCjoPV— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) January 2, 2019
First of all, the run up to the festival is always a nervous time for trainers as any horse, Altior included, is liable to miss the meeting through something as minor as a runny nose or a cough. Getting a horse to Prestbury Park in March fit and well is not the formality some would believe. Secondly, taking on a horse of Altior’s ability who is as short as 4-11 in the latest Cheltenham odds betting will no doubt scare off many potential rivals, the majority of which hold an entry in the four and a half furlong further Ryanair Chase.
After a disappointing run on very soft ground at Sandown last time trainer Alan King stated that Sceau Royal would head straight to the Champion Chase providing the going was suitable. The son of Doctor Dino has to have decent ground to show his best form but with the exception of the favourite the seven-year-old has nothing to fear if running up to his best. The form of Sceau Royal’s easy win over Simply Ned at Cheltenham back in November received a significant boost when that horse went on to win a Grade 1 at Leopardstown recently, beating leading Irish challenger Footpad in the process.
It is more than possible that the final line up for the Champion Chase could feature just a handful of runners, making the 16-1 each-way (nrnb) about Sceau Royal a potentially value long-range bet, especially if you can get one of the Cheltenham free bet offers available with several bookmakers.