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THE OUTSIDER | A big-priced runner to consider for Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham.co.uk team pick out a runner at big odds to consider for the second day of the Cheltenham Festival

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Only four days remain until the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, with anticipation continuing to build among racing fans for the biggest week in jumps racing.

In our new feature ahead of the Festival, the team will pick out one runner for each day at a big price that has caught their eye in the entries.

The team have made their selection for the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, with the selection coming in the Champion Chase.

POLITOLOGUE – Champion Chase (40/1 – bet365 + William Hill)

A former winner of the contest back in 2020, Politologue is set to make his final bow in the Champion Chase for Paul Nicholls.

The 11-year-old carries plenty of Grade 1 experience and while he may not be as young as some of the contenders here, he puts up a fight wherever he goes.

The son of Poliglote has only made the one start this season, finishing second behind Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra in the Shloer Chase back in November.

Speaking to Attheraces, Nicholls spoke about his recruit’s chances in the two-mile contest.

“He has always been a great horse. He has been a pleasure to train all his life, but he is in the twilight of his career now.

Harry Skelton and Politolouge en route to winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival
Politologue’s final career outing could come in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival

“I can’t stand here and say he will win next week as that is an impossible thing to say what with the younger horses in there, but he will run a good solid race.

“He went up to Wincanton on Thursday morning and worked really nicely. He is ready to go, and we’ve kept him fresh hence why he hasn’t run since Cheltenham when he was second to Nube Negra in the autumn.

“We look forward to running him. He won’t be racing next season. He has been a brilliant horse and why would you ask him to carry on 11 going on 12.”

He does face some seriously tough Irish competition and the mighty Shishkin here and while it looks unlikely he will get the better of the first two in the market, he could well get past Chacun Pour Soi if Willie Mullins’ contender struggles with the hill again.

A price tag of 40/1 seems absurd for a runner that carries a respectable amount of Grade 1 success and even though he is getting on, Politologue could well be worth taking a chance on to sneak into the places here in his final appearance at the Cheltenham Festival.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.