Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham is the ultimate prize for chasers over two miles. 

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase held at the Cheltenham Festival and is open to horses aged five years or older. Sometimes it is just shortened to The Champion Chase.

It attracts the fastest steeplechasers from Britain and Ireland as the established stars clash with last year’s top novices. Badsworth Boy (1983-1985) is the only horse to have won the race three times while dual winners include Moscow Flyer (2003, 2005), Master Minded (2008, 2009), Sprinter Sacre (2013, 2016) and Altior (2018, 2019) are all high-profile winners.

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Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Champion Chase Race

The Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles is the highlight on day two of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

There are thirteen fences to be jumped on the Old Course at Cheltenham racecourse and one mistake can prove costly at this level.

Although the emphasis is on fast, accurate jumping, the Cheltenham hill provides a testing finish with the lead often changing hands on the run-in.

Famous Queen Mother Champion Chase Winners & History

The Champion Chase was first run in 1959 as the National Hunt Two-Mile Chase with victory going to Ireland’s Quita Que.

The race was renamed to mark The Queen Mother’s 80th birthday in 1980.

The closest Her Majesty came to victory was in 1976 when Game Spirit finished second to Skymas.

Many famous steeplechasers have won the Champion Chase but few were more impressive than Flyingbolt in 1966. He won this so easily that he took his chance in the Champion Hurdle the following day where he finished third.

Crisp will forever be remembered as the most gallant loser in Grand National history (second to Red Rum in 1973) but he won this race two years’ earlier. Badsworth Boy was trained by the Dickinson family to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of victories here from 1983 to 1985. He was a high-class hurdler but nothing could live with him over fences. He was ridden by Robert Earnshaw on all three occasions, beating his rivals by a distance in 1983.

Popular dual winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase include Viking Flagship (1994, 1995), Moscow Flyer (2003, 2005) and Master Minded (2008, 2009).

In recent years Nicky Henderson’s two star chasers have each recorded two victories in this race – Sprinter Sacre and Altior. Sprinter Sacre (1-4 favourite) started the shortest-priced winner in the history of the race in 2013. His career was interrupted by a heart condition the following season but he made a triumphant return in 2016.

Henderson only had to wait two years before he had another champion chaser on his hands in Altior. He won in 2018 and 2019 but an injury prevented him from chasing a third successive victory in 2020.

One Man (1998) was another very popular winner, trained by Gordon Richards and ridden by Brian Harding. The grey was better known for his exploits over three miles, including back-to-back victories in the King George VI Chase in 1995 and 1996.

Key Queen Mother Champion Chase Trials

The Clarence House Chase at Ascot has been the key trial for the Champion Chase in recent seasons.

Five of the last twelve winners had won the Ascot race prior to coming here. Master Minded, Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy, Dodging Bullets and Altior all won both races in the same season.

The Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton and the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury are other useful trials. Sprinter Sacre (2015) is among those to win the Desert Orchid Chase before winning the Champion Chase.

Altior won the Game Spirit Chase in 2017, 2018 and 2020 with the 2019 renewal lost to the weather.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Trends

What are the betting trends for the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Favourites have a mixed record in this race in recent years with five victories in the past twelve years.

All bar Big Zeb (2010), Sizing Europe (2011) and Special Tiara (2017) were in the top three in the Champion Chase betting.

The last major shock in this race was 16-1 shot Newmill in 2006 who beat a field that included Kauto Star and Moscow Flyer.

Queen Mother Champion Chase 2023 Odds


Here are the latest odds for the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March 2023:

  • Energumene – 7-2
  • Shishkin – 5-1
  • Ferny Hollow – 8-1
  • Galopin Des Champs – 10-1
  • Bob Olinger – 10-1
  • Edwardstone – 12-1

Queen Mother Champion Chase 2023 Tips

Listed below are our tips for the Queen Mother Champion Chase:

  • 2 points to win for SHISHKIN with odds at 5-1
  • 1 point each way for EDWARDSTONE with a price of 12-1

Be sure to keep your eye on performances by the top horses for the race throughout the year, and where possible bet ante-post to get the best odds.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2012 Finian’s Rainbow 9 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Sprinter Sacre 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2014 Sire de Grugy 8 Jamie Moore Gary Moore
2015 Dodging Bullets 7 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2016 Sprinter Sacre 10 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2017 Special Tiara 10 Noel Fehily Henry de Bromhead
2018 Altior 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2019 Altior 9 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2020 Politologue 9 Harry Skelton Paul Nicholls
2021 Put The Kettle On 7 Aidan Coleman Henry de Bromhead
2022 Energumene 8 Paul Townend Willie Mullins

Best Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Offers 2022

Ante-post betting on the Queen Mother Champion Chase is available throughout the year.

The early odds are based on the outcome of the previous season’s race. Altior (2018-2019) became the first horse to successfully defend his title since Master Minded (2008-2009).

This is also the obvious target for the winner of the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival, although it takes an exceptional horse to make the leap from top novice to Champion chaser.

Bookmakers update Queen Mother Champion Chase prices immediately after each of the main trials and many of the biggest online bookies offer Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase free bets for new punters and enhanced odds bonuses for existing customers.

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Queen Mother Champion Chase Stats

  • All bar two of the last twelve Queen Mother Champion Chase winners had raced within the previous two months.
  • Eight of those had won on their most recent start.
  • Previous experience over this course is a key factor will all twelve having already raced here, seven of them having recorded Cheltenham victories.
  • Experience counts for a lot here with all recent winners having raced at least seven times over fences.
  • Most had won at least five chases prior to the Champion Chase and had been successful in a Grade 1 race.
  • Horses aged eight to ten have the best recent record in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
  • The French-bred Master Minded won this race as a five-year-old in 2008.
  • Moscow Flyer gained his second victory at the age of 11 in 2005.

Top Trainers and Jockeys of the Champion Chase

Three trainers share the record for most winners in this race; Tom Dreaper, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls.

Henderson reached that landmark with Altior’s second victory in 2019, Nicholls joining him with Politologue’s 2020 success. Dreaper’s victories included Flyingbolt in 1966. Barry Geraghty and Pat Taaffe each rode the winner of this race on five occasions.

Geraghty’s last victory here came aboard Henderson’s Sprinter Sacre in 2013. The Lambourn trainers last three winners were all ridden by stable jockey Nico de Boinville.

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Popular Questions

Who will win 2022 Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase?

The 2022 Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase is going to be won by Shishkin. The unbeaten Shishkin is a class racehorse and all the biggest tipsters are predicting him to win the Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase in March 2022.

How much is the Queen Mother Champion Chase worth?

The Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase is worth 300k in prize money. The purse for the winner will be £168,810. The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase and all the best 2m chasers compete for the 300k money on offer.

Most Popular Tips for the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

The most popular tipsters have chosen Shishkin to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Tipping a favourite is not the most difficult choice but with Shishkin unbeaten, he will take all the beating at Cheltenham up the hill. The next most fancied horse is the Willie Mullins Chacun Pour Soi, but the doubters are out to whether he is game and will stay up the Cheltenham Hill.

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Summary of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is one of the highlights of the Cheltenham festival and often features some of the most popular horses in training.

Sprinter Sacre and Altior both had huge followings coming to this meeting.

There are few more exciting sights at Cheltenham than the best two-mile chasers coming down the hill. S

peed, accurate jumping and strong finish are all hallmarks on a Champion Chase champion, it is one of our favourite races year on year the The Festival.

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