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PART TWO | THIS TIME TWO WEEKS AGO: Relive Put The Kettle On’s superb Champion Chase win

Aidan Coleman and Put The Kettle On rallied bravely to claim the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival two weeks ago

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Put The Kettle On ridden by Aidan Coleman on their way to winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Wednesday March 17, 2021.

Henry de Bromhead’s championship domination at the Cheltenham Festival continued two weeks ago as Put The Kettle On maintained her unbeaten course-and-distance-record.

Under usual pilot Aidan Coleman, last year’s Arkle winner followed up in open company by downing odds-on favourite Chacun Pour Soi as de Bromhead celebrated another Grade One victory in the wake of Honeysuckle’s victory in the Champion Hurdle.

Nube Negra, who downed the great Altior at Kempton Park post-Christmas, finished second.

The pre-race hype had seemingly revolved around Willie Mullins’ gelding, with his trainer never having won the race with previous favourites Douvan and Un De Sceaux both faltering.

Chacun Pour Soi and Paul Townend after winning at Leopardstown Racecourse in December 2020
Chacun Pour Soi was a well-backed favourite ahead of his Cheltenham Festival debut

And despite his eventual leading trainer bragging rights later in the week, Put The Kettle On’s success would showcase once more the great strides that Henry de Bromhead has taken with his elite team over the course of the season.

watch: put the kettle on lands the 2021 edition of the queen mother champion chase under aidan coleman [credit: racing tv]

Previous winner Politolouge was withdrawn in the stages leading up to the contest and two-time victor Altior was not considered fit enough to aim for a third tilt at the race.

But it would’ve taken a bold display from any absent rival to have prevented the four-time course-and-distance heroine from securing her finest hour.

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Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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