The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the highlight of Ladies Day at the 2022 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.
Badsworth Boy won this race three times in the 80’s, Barnbrook Again, Viking Flagship, Master Minded and Sprinter Sacre have won it twice since. Altior joined that club in 2019.
The two leading trainers in the Queen Mother Champion Chase over the last 21 renewals are Paul Nicholls & Nicky Henderson who have both won the race five times each.
|When:||Wednesday 16th March, 3.05 pm|
|Distance:||Two-miles (13 fences)|
|Race Type||Grade 1 Chase|
|Weights:||11st 10lb, 7lb allowance for mares|
|Where to watch?||ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams|
Champion Chase Best Bet
Shishkin is now unbeaten in six outings over fences after destroying Greaneteen in the Desert Orchid Chase over Christmas. That imperious performance put to rest any doubts about his health after missing the Tingle Creek. Following that victory, Shishkin is now a clear 11/10 favourite. At this stage, he looks the best bet to land his third Cheltenham Festival victory in the 2022 Queen Mother and he will be a Cheltenham banker for many punter’s multiple bets.
The leading contenders, according to the latest Champion Chase odds, are:
Shishkin – 11/10 with Betfair*
Trainer – Nicky Henderson | Jockey – Nico de Boinville | Age 8
Unbeaten in six starts over fences after his obliteration of Greaneteen in the Desert Orchid, putting to bed any doubts about his well being after missing the Tingle Creek on the advice of Nicky Henderson. Now a standout favourite after that win, and will take some beating in his bid for a third Festival success.
Energumene – 5/2 with bet365*
Trainer – Willie Mullins | Jockey – Tbc | Age 8
Unfortunately forced to miss last year’s Arkle – and what would have been a mesmerizing clash with Shishkin – due to an injury, but dominated at Punchestown and then put the high class Notebook to the sword in the Hilly Way on his seasonal return, coming home eight and a half lengths clear of more conservatively ridden rivals.
Chacun Pour Soi – 12/1 with Betfred
Trainer – Willie Mullins | Jockey – Paul Townend | Age 9
Sent off odds-on for this last year and jumped he last in front but had no answer to the late surges of Put The Kettle On And Nube Negra. A switch back to the more tactically aggressive front running tactics he’s known saw him produce an absolutely incredible performance – perhaps a career best – when slamming Allaho by five and a half lengths.
Since disappointed on his return in the Tingle Creek when he had a valid excuse and had to miss a run at Leopardstown thanks to being lame. Now a big price, if he can be brought to the Festival at his best he will have a good chance.
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.
Champions Chase Betting – There have been four winning favourites in the last ten years but two of them have been odds on successes for Sprinter Scare and Altior.
The biggest priced winner went off 11/1 – suggesting that this a race to keep an open mind in, even if rank outsiders rarely get a look in.
There’s no doubt that Shishkin and Energumene are the most exciting horses in this division, but if Chacun Pour Soi reaches the Festival at his best, then he’ll take some stopping and he could be the value in the field.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Winners
2021 – Put The Kettle On
2020 – Politologue
2019 – Altior
2018 – Altior
2017 – Special Tiara
2016 – Sprinter Sacre
2015 – Dodging Bullets
2014 – Sire De Grugy
2013 – Sprinter Sacre
2012 – Finian’s Rainbow
* Betting odds quoted correct at the time of writing
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