Cheltenham Festival 2022 Champion Chase odds: Shishkin and Energumene set for huge clash

Shishkin ridden by Nico de Boinville jumps the last fence to win the 2021 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Image: Getty)

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Shishkin and Energumene are being readied for a fascinating clash at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

The classy pair, first and second favourites for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, are the hottest prospects in the two-mile division.

Each horse has their fans as Great Britain and Ireland go head-to-head in the Wednesday feature of the meeting.

Both are unbeaten in Grade 1 company over fences and racegoers might just get a flavour of what is to come if they meet in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January.

As ever with a championship race, there is depth and it would be folly to overlook the chances of proven Grade 1 performers like Chacun Pour Soi, for all that he wasn't able to show his best form in this race 12 months ago.

That edition was won by the mare Put The Kettle On however her form has deteriorated this season to the extent that she is a 20-1 chance to follow up.

Energumene ridden by Paul Townend (right) on their way to winning the Patrick Ward & Co. Solicitors Irish Arkle Novice Chase
(Image: PA)

A Tingle Creek Chase winner would, ordinarily, be a major player in the Champion Chase but Greaneteen was beaten ten lengths by Shishkin at Kempton over Christmas which leaves him with a good deal to find if he's to provide Paul Nicholls with a seventh success.

One horse that could shake up the top two in the betting is Allaho if connections decided to bring him back in trip.

Willie Mullins' charge posted the outstanding performance of last seasons's Cheltenham Festival when spreadeagling a top class Ryanair Chase field and he clearly has the speed for two miles.

Queen Mother Champion Chase 2022 latest news

Shishkin's imperious defeat of Greateteen in the Desert Orchid Chase has left the layers in no doubt that Energumene is the only horse with the potential to make a race of it with Nicky Henderson's star.

The duo could meet in the Clarence House Chase and if taking up the engagement it will have a huge bearing on Cheltenham ante-post prices.

Chacun Pour Soi is capable of confirming he is one of the elite two mile chasers of his generation by winning the Dublin Chase for a third year in succession at Leopardstown in February.

However, he was a shadow of his peak self when beaten 34 lengths in the Tingle Creek and the suspicion is that he's not a great traveller to the UK.

Put The Kettle On (right) took the 2021 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
(Image: Getty)

Queen Mother Champion Chase 2022 odds with Grosvenor Sport

  • Shishkin Evens*
  • Energumene 9-4
  • Chacun Pour Soi 11-1
  • Greaneteen 12-1
  • Allaho 16-1
  • Nube Negra 16-1
  • Captain Guinness 20-1
  • Envoi Allen 20-1
  • Politologue 20-1
  • Put The Kettle On 20-1
  • First Flow 22-1
  • Hitman 25-1
  • 33-1 bar

*Odds subject to change

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Last 10 Queen Mother Champion Chase winners

  • 2021 Put The Kettle On (17-2) Trainer: Henry De Bromhead, Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • 2020 Politologue (6-1) Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Jockey: Harry Skelton
  • 2019 Altior (4-11F) Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • 2018 Altior (EvensF) Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • 2017 Special Tiara (11-1) Trainer Henry De Bromhead, Jockey: Noel Fehily
  • 2016 Sprinter Sacre (5-1) Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • 2015 Dodging Bullets (9-2) Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 2014 Sire De Grugy (11-4F) Trainer: Gary Moore, Jockey: Jamie Moore
  • 2013 Sprinter Sacre (1-4F) Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Jockey: Barry Geraghty
  • 2012 Finian's Rainbow (4-1) Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Jockey: Barry Geraghty

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