Horse Racing

Queen Mother Champion Chase 2023 Preview


The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the highlight of Ladies Day at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival and probably the third most important race of all, behind the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle.

Run over two miles on the Old Course, the race is contested by the quickest chasers in training.

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Race Details
Prize:£400,000
When:Wednesday 15th March, 3:30 pm
Distance:Two-miles (13 fences)
Race TypeGrade 1 Chase
Age:5-Years+
CourseOld Course
Weights:11st 10lb, 7lb allowance for mares
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Champion Chase Tips

The feature race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, and one that often has people talking for months in advance. Probably the third best race of the entire meeting, it is certainly one that our tipsters will want to get right. They’ll be up to date with news, have watched the big trials and on the day, will have their tips waiting for you, in a race that often delivers great excitement.

Champion Chase Betting Odds (February Update)

Billed as a clash between Energumene and Edwardstone, both were beaten in the Clarence House when warming up for this contest, to blow the betting market wide open.

Editeur Du Gite was the horse to beat them, he’s now 6/1 third favourite, while Energumene is 13/8 favourite and Edwardstone is second best at 2/1.

What Happened in 2022?

The 2022 renewal of this race was all about the matchup between Shishkin and Energumene, but sadly the first named of those struggled in the early part of the race, and was pulled up with what turned out to be an injury.

That left Energumene and he certainly delivered in style, coming away from the field to record a winning distance of eight and a half lengths. We missed out on the chance to see a great duel, but were certainly wowed by Energumene.

Champion Chase – Key Race Stats

  • 8 of the last 11 winners have been aged between 8 and 10 years old
  • 9 out of last 11 winners have come from the top three in the betting

A race where specialists have dominated, with Nicky Henderson winning five of the last ten renewals, with four of them coming from Sprinter Sacre and Altior.

Henry De Bromhead has sprung surprises on two occasions with Special Tiara and Put The Kettle On whilst Paul Nicholls has two recent wins with Dodging Bullets and Politologue.

Previous Winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase

  • 2022 - Energumene
  • 2021 – Put The Kettle On
  • 2020 – Politologue
  • 2019 – Altior
  • 2018 – Altior

FAQs

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Who won the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2022?

In 2022, we saw a dominant performance from Energumene to win the Champion Chase in great style.

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When is the Queen Mother Chase?

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is always the feature race on Day 2 (Ladies Day) of the the 4-day Cheltenham Festival, meaning it always falls on the Wednesday. In 2023 the race is scheduled for Wednesday, 15th March and is due off at 3:30pm.