Run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of one mile, seven furlongs and 199 yards, the Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Group One National Hunt steeplechase that takes place in the United Kingdom. The race is open to horses aged five years or older and has thirteen fences to be jumped. This is the leading minimum distance chase in National Hunt racing and is the feature race on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Queen Mother Champion Chase 2022 Stats
|Date||Wednesday, March 16 2022|
|Race Distance||1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards|
|Number of Jumps||Thirteen|
|Race Type||Steeple Chase|
|Horses’ Minimum Age||Five years or older|
2022 Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Odds
|Chacun Pour Soi||5/2|
|Put The Kettle On||28/1|
2022 Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips
Like Honeysuckle in the 2022 Champion hurdle betting, Shishkin is one of the shortest priced favourites at this year’s festival. That’s because, back in January in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot, we were treated to a preview of the upcoming Cheltenham clash between Shishkin and Energumene in which the former came out on top. The Nicky Henderson trained eight year old has only ever tasted defeat once under rules. That was when he fell at the second flight when making his hurdling debut. Since then though things have become a very different story as he has put together an exemplary run over of ten victories in a row.
In among those wins are two at this very festival in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Arkle Chase. The son of Sholokov has the advantage of having form on all varieties of ground and perhaps never looked better than his recent Ascot win the Clarence House Chase. That win came at the expense of his great rival and when you throw in the additional stamina test of the Cheltenham hill he is favoured even further.
As for Energumene, the gelding finished his novice campaign impressively putting in a sixteen length victory at the Punchestown Festival which bodes well for his first season in open company. Unfortunately, he surrendered his unbeaten record over jumps in the Clarence House Chase earlier on in March but can take encouragement from an eye catching reappearance victory in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork. Whether or not he has what it takes to reverse the Clarence House result is another thing, but he is certainly in the conversation.
Elsewhere, last year’s starting price favourite Chacun Pour Soi was beaten into third place in this race last season at odds of 8/13. The Willie Mullins-trained 10 year old is a five time Group One winner but did put in a disappointing effort when coming home fifth out of five in the Tingle Creek at Sandown. His jumping looked award that day and he certainly needs to put an improved performance if he is to keep up with stablemate Energumene here.
Two time Cheltenham Festival winner Envoi Allen relinquished his unbeaten record when he fell in the Marsh Novices’ Chase last season and sadly he hasn’t looked quite like the horse he once did. The eight year old has Champion Bumper (2019) and Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2020) wins on his CV and was going great under fences until his unfortunate fall which came on his first start for Henry De Bromhead. He has won twice since then, but unfortunately his best days do look to be behind him.
All About The Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham is Chase a Group One National Hunt steeplechase held at the Cheltenham Festival that is open to horses aged five years or older. As the leading minimum distance chase in the National Hunt calendar, this is the feature race on the second day of the four day meet and attracts the fastest steeplechasers from Ireland and the United Kingdom as the established stars of the turf battle it out with the previous season’s top novices.
The race is open to horses aged five years or older and is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about one mile, seven furlongs and 199 yards. Over the course of the race, there are thirteen fences to be cleared.
A History Of The Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase was first ran in 1959 when it was originally called the National Hunt Two Mile Champion Chase. When the Queen Mother, an avid horse racing fanatic, turned 80 in 1980, the event was renamed in her honour and also in recognition for her continued support to jump racing. The Queen Mother was a successful owner of National Hunt horses, one of which was Game Spirit who finished as runner up in this race in 1976.
Former Winners of Queen Mother Champion Chase
|2021||17/2||Put The Kettle On||Aidan Coleman||Henry de Bromhead|
|2020||6/1||Politologue||Harry Skelton||Paul Nicholls|
|2019||4/11 Fav||Altior||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson|
|2018||Evens Fav||Altior||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson|
|2017||11/1||Special Tiara||Noel Fehily||Henry de Bromhead|
|2016||5/1||Sprinter Sacre||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson|
|2015||9/2||Dodging Bullets||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls|
|2014||11/4||Sire de Grugy||Jamie Moore||Gary Moore|
|2013||1/4 Fav||Sprinter Sacre||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2012||4/1||Finian’s Rainbow||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
Queen Mother Champion Chase Records
- With five wins apiece, the two leading jockeys in this race are Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty.
- The leading trainers’ record is also a tie, as Tom Dreaper, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls all have six wins each.
- Leading owners George Ansley, Doug Armitage and John Hales have all had three winning entries each.
- Badsworth Boy won this race three years in a row between 1983 and 1985 making him the Queen Mother Champion Chase’s only three time winner.
- The most recent multi times winner was Altior who won in both 2018 and 2019.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting FAQs
Who is the favourite to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase?
This could change but right now it is Shishkin.
Which channel broadcasts the Queen Mother Champion Chase?
In Ireland, viewers looking to watch the race can do so on Virgin Media.
What is the distance of the Queen Mother Champion Chase?
The race is one mile, seven furlongs and 199 yards long.
Is this a right handed track or a left handed track?
This track is left handed.
Are winning favourites common or rare in the Queen Mother Champion Chase?
It’s close, but non favourites have generally fared better in this race over the years.