Down Royal Champion Chase Ante-Post Betting Preview

The G1 Champion Chase takes place at Down Royal on Saturday and will feature some of the most-famous jumpers on the circuit. Don Cossack won the 2015 renewal. Which horses are already attracting bets in our ante-post market?

Silviniaco Conti

Even though the Dom Alco-sired 10-year-old is a multiple G1 winner, Conti’s career will always be a case of what might have been for many. This is due to Paul Nicholls’ charge failing to deliver on the big stage, at Cheltenham. His last win came in the Ascot Chase, where he beat Dynaste (another fading star), by 20 lengths. He was pulled-up, in the Aintree Grand National, but Silviniaco Conti is still a mighty animal and may well start the race as favourite.

Bet Silviniaco Conti Now – 13/8

Don Poli

Gordon Elliott’s 7-year-old gelding has often made heavy weather of winning races and has missed the target in all 3 of his 2016 encounters. 3rd in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he then found Cue Card far too good in G1 company at Aintree – although he did finish 8 lengths ahead of Djakadam. However, that horse reversed the form in the Punchestown Gold Cup, a race won by Carlingford Lough. Willie Mullins’ inmate has always had his fair share of doubters and yet again finds himself with something to prove.

Bet Don Poli Now – 3/1

Valseur Lido

It’s been 18 months since the French flyer actually won a race, but he showed clear signs of getting back on track at the tail end of the 2015-2016 campaign. 2nd to Vautour, in the Ryanair Chase, he was less fluent in the G2 Oaksey Chase but still came very close to getting the better of Menorah. Valseur Lido has the ability to win this race, if he has continued to progress over the Summer. Could he cause a minor shock, on his 2016-2017 reappearance?

Bet Valseur Lido Now – 5/1

Several other horses are in with a chance, including Smashing, The Last Samuri, Outlander, Ballycasey, Monksland, Gilgamboa and Holywell. Each-way money has been coming in for the likes of Sadler’s Risk, Le Mercurey, O’Faolains Boy, Empire Of Dirt and Fine Rightly.

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About Down Royal Racecourse

Down Royal Racecourse is in Northern Ireland, but it is classed as being an Irish course and comes under their racing authority.  The Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders was introduced in 1685 by a special Royal Charter from King James II. This was to encourage horse breeding in the vicinity. In the eighteenth-century, the action took place at Downpatrick until it was moved to the present location in 1789.

King George II had expressed a desire to hold a King’s Plate race in the area. He gave the course one hundred pounds as a prize fund. While Down Royal has a long and distinguished history, it could be argued that what is taking place in the modern era is of more interest.

The sheer amount of top-class racing that now take place at Down Royal is extremely impressive to behold. The best horses are now regular visitors to this venue and this has led to big crowds regularly turning up. The atmosphere is highly-charged and betting markets are strong and lively.

A good example of the type of races that have raised the profile of Down Royal are those held at the three-day summer festival. This includes the Ulster Derby, which has a purse of £75,000.

The course at Down Royal runs right-handed and there are significant undulations for the runners and riders to deal with. The unforgiving uphill finish means that only horses with real heart are likely to triumph.

Part of the reason that Down Royal has become so successful is it’s proximity to the city of Belfast. It is just ten miles away and an easy journey by car, as the venue is just off the A1.

You can bet on all Down Royal fixtures, right here at RaceBets. You will also find ante-post markets for all the big races in Ireland.

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