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Tied Cottage could be the platform for Cyclone shot at the Queen Mother Chase

Cheltenham's Queen Mother Champion Chase is one of the season's big championship races, but with less than six weeks to go, and with two past winners heading the betting, the fear factor around Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy and the continually improving Dodging Bullets seems to be, well, not very fearful.

Trainers seem to be keen to have a go and line up in Wednesday's feature race at the Festival so that they can be there to pick up the pieces should something go amiss with Sprinter Sacre or Sire De Grugy... or should they not turn up at all.

Both have had their high-profile issues and if not at their best on March 11, they are beatable - although at his very best, everyone will accept that Sprinter Sacre is unbeatable.

Gary Moore's Sire De Grugy will show his hand for the first time this season at Newbury next week and for some reason there seems to be a willingness to take on Dodging Bullets, despite the fact that Paul Nicholls' horse has won the Tingle Creek and Clarence House.

That is why the winner of Sunday's Grade Two BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase will shorten in the Champion Chase betting when they go past the post. There is still that sense that anything could happen in the build-up to the Champion Chase.

God forbid, Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy both don't get there, then you've a pretty open championship race.

Hidden Cyclone was second in the Ryanair Chase last year but the Champion Chase is firmly top of his agenda, as of now anyway.

Another defeat to Twinlight this weekend and maybe they'll reconsider, but success in the two-miler and you can see exactly why the Champion Chase beckons.


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