This year’s Champion Chase looks a vintage renewal, as the last three winners are joined by last year’s impressive Arkle winner and red-hot favourite, Un De Sceaux.

However, reigning champion Dodging Bullets may be somewhat of a forgotten horse, as he arrives on the back of a fairly disappointing effort last time out.

It was his first start since last year’s Champion Chase and he was beaten fair and square on heavy ground, yet Sam Twiston-Davies feels that the drying ground and a return to Cheltenham should bring the best out of him.

Twiston-Davies said this morning; “He

[Dodging Bullets] has come out of Cheltenham really well.  He’s had a run, so he’s a lot sharper now and being back on better ground, at Cheltenham, he should go well.”

“He [Un De Sceaux] is going to beat but obviously we’re going to take him on. You have to look at it realistically but yeah, of course, each-way.”

Earlier in the month, Betfred TV travelled down to see Sam at the gallops and he spoke about Dodging Bullets and his claims in the big race, where he revealed the gelding was ‘bouncing’,

“He’s been working well, which is the main thing. He was a little bit tired for a week, which really did show obviously how much it took out of him.

“But what’s nice now is he’s come back bouncing, his schooling has been good and he is in good form.

“He’s going there with what looks a real chance of finishing in the money.”

If you fancy Dodging Bullets to land back-to-back renewals of the Champion Chase, you can get 14/1 here at Betfred!

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Odds subject to change.