Cheltenham day two tips: Min can defy favourite Altior in Champion Chase

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Willie Mullins could not turn over the Nicky Henderson-trained favourite in Tuesday’s big race but he came closer than was generally expected, his Melon failing by a neck in the Champion Hurdle. Revenge could be his when Min takes on Henderson’s Altior, hitherto unbeaten over fences, in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

For all Altior’s talent he has had a far from ideal preparation, missing months of the winter after a wind operation and then going lame on Monday. Most of his races have been on a much sounder surface than this and those two factors may combine to make him vulnerable. Min (3.30) loves testing ground and his career-best effort last time puts him right in the reckoning.

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