Put The Kettle On wins the Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival 2021

Put The Kettle On battled back to the front to land the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Favourite Chacun Pour Soi appeared to have come with a winning run, but the Henry de Bromhead-trained mare would not be denied up the famous hill.

Nube Negra charged home late for second, half-a-length behind Put The Kettle On, sent off at 17-2 with the bookmakers.

It all seemed to be going well for punters who had backed 8-13 favourite Chacun Pour Soi, when he loomed up to join the leaders at the penultimate fence.

But he could not quicken away from his rivals, like he did in his last performance, on his first run at the track.

In the lead at the final fence, Put The Kettle On fought tenaciously to regain the initiative, as she was closed on by Nube Negra as the line approached.

Winning jockey Aidan Coleman told ITV Racing: “She gave some fantastic jumps – three out, she was all wrong but she just threw herself at it and made ground up.

“It wasn’t ideal – but it’s just testament to her ability.

“She had two horses either side of her, and she just wasn’t getting passed.

“I beat off Chacun Pour Soi, and then Harry (Skelton, on Nube Negra) came – and she went again.

“If I could bottle what she has I wouldn’t have to ride again – I’d sell it, and be a rich man.”

Before the race, Politologue was withdrawn on veterinary advice and during it Daryl Jacob was almost brought down by Rouge Vif on Sceau Royal.

Chacun Pour Soi traded at 1.15 on Betfair as punters looked sure to collect – but he had no answer to the winner's late surge.

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