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Champion Chase Odds: El Fabiolo odds on for Grade 1 success after Jonbon withdrawal

Seven runners are due to go to post for the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday after the withdrawal of Jonbon, with £225,000 in prize money awaiting connections of the winner.

Willie Mullins is looking for a hat-trick in the two-mile chase, having claimed success with Energumene in 2022 and 2023.

The Mullins yard are set to have two runners in this year’s race, with El Fabiolo expected to go off the favourite.

Champion Chase odds

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El Fabiolo

The seven-year-old is unbeaten over the bigger fences, winning six from six so far, including victory in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase at Leopardstown in February.

El Fabiolo stepped up from hurdles in December 2022, winning his opening race over fences by nineteen-lengths at Fairyhouse. The Mullins-charge followed that up with victory in the 2023 Irish Arkle, beating two time Cheltenham winner Banbridge.

This will be El Fabiolo’s second run at Cheltenham, after claiming top spot in the Arkle Novices’ Chase last year – beating Jonbon by five-and-a-half lengths.

Paul Townend has ridden the gelding in his last four races and the experienced jockey is due to be on board again on Day Two of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Edwardstone

One of only two 10-year-olds in the field, course-and-distance winner Edwardstone is all set for an eighth appearance at Cheltenham.

His first run at the Festival came back in 2020, when finishing sixth behind winner Shishkin in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Alan King’s gelding has won seven of his 16 races over fences, including a 40-length success in the Grade 2 Spirit Chase at Newbury in February.

Connections couldn’t offer any explanation for a poor showing at last year’s Festival, when Edwardstone finished fifth of seven runners in the Champion Chase.

Captain Guinness

No female jockey has ever won the Champion Chase, but Rachael Blackmore will hope to end that statistic on board Captain Guinness.

The nine-year-old has run three times this season, all in Ireland, winning the Grade 2 Fortria Chase at Nava in November, before being pulled up when going off favourite in a Grade 1 contest at Leopardstown in December.

The most recent run also came at Leopardstown in February, when Henry De Bromhead’s charge finished third in the Dublin Chase – 14-and-a-half lengths behind El Fabiolo.

Elixir De Nutz

The Joe Tizzard runner has already won at Cheltenham this year and will head back to Prestbury Park with hopes of running a big race.

Elixir De Nutz won the Clarence House Chase in January – beating Jonbon by a neck – which is one of three wins over fences this season.

The other successes came at Newbury and Exeter, as the 10-year-old now prepares for a third run in the Festival – finishing ninth in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase last year.

Gentleman De Mee

The second of the Willie Mullins runners, Gentleman De Mee will jump fences for the first time at Cheltenham.

It’s one win in his last seven races, with that success coming in good style in the 2023 Dublin Chase at Leopardstown.

The eight-year-old’s only previous run at Prestbury Park was in March 2021, when he finished 10th in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle, 22 lengths behind Galopin Des Champs.

Boothill

This nine-year-old heads to the Festival having fallen in his last two runs, both of which were Grade 2 contests.

Prior to that, the Harry Fry-trained charge had won back-to-back races – both success coming in Handicaps at Ascot.

Boothill, who looks set to be ridden by Jonathon Burke, has never previously raced at Cheltenham.

Funambule Sivola

The outsider in the field, Funambule Sivola finished second in this race back in 2022, but then fell in the 2023 Champion Chase.

His form this season suggests there is a lot to find for the nine-year-old to challenge for a place this time around.

Trainer Venetia Williams has never won this race before and it would be a big surprise if that run ends on Wednesday.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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