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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020 Racecard

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature race on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival, held on the Wednesday of the four-day meeting, and is a Grade 1 chase run officially over just shy of two miles (1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards).

3:30

Wednesday 11 March

Distance: 15f 199y Age: 5yo + Prize: £400000 Going: Soft

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. ALTIOR (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Nicky Henderson
10
11-10
Outstanding performer who is seeking a hat-trick in this race. Lost unbeaten jumps record to Cyrname at Ascot in November but looked back on track when winning Game Spirit at Newbury. NON RUNNER.

2
jockey silks 2. BUN DORAN (IRE)
J: Jonathan Burke
T: Tom George
9
11-10
Second in Grand Annual at last year's Festival. Further progress this term, landing Grade 2 Desert Orchid at Kempton over Christmas. Fell early in Game Spirit since. Something to find at this level.
22 stars

3
jockey silks 3. CHACUN POUR SOI (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
Readily beat Defi du Seuil at Punchestown last April. Defeated by A Plus Tard at Leopardstown over Christmas but straight back on track when defeating Min there latest. Looks chaser of highest order.
55 stars

4
jockey silks 4. DEFI DU SEUIL (FR)
J: Barry Geraghty
T: Philip Hobbs
7
11-10
Came unstuck against Chacun Pour Soi at Punchestown last spring but that's his sole defeat in his last 6 starts, seeing off Un de Sceaux to win Grade 1s at Sandown/Ascot last twice. Sure to go well.
44 stars

5
jockey silks 5. DYNAMITE DOLLARS (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-10
Notched 3 Graded wins as a novice chaser. Suffered an injury after his success at Doncaster last January but showed he retains all his ability when third in Game Spirit on return.
33 stars

6
jockey silks 6. POLITOLOGUE (FR)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Paul Nicholls
9
11-10
Former Tingle Creek winner who chased home Altior in this last year. Not at best when remote fifth to Defi du Seuil in this season's Tingle Creek but kept fresh for this since and could bounce back.
33 stars

7
jockey silks 7. SCEAU ROYAL (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Alan King
8
11-10
High-class chaser but has come up a little short at the top level, just third in this 12 months ago. Found Altior too strong yet again in Game Spirit and surely playing for place money once more.
22 stars

Analyst's Verdict

In the absence of Altior it's likely this will develop into a straight fight between CHACUN POUR SOI and Defi du Seuil. The latter, a dual winner at the Festival, was most impressive at Ascot last time but he was put in his place by Chacun Pour Soi at Punchestown last spring and Willie Mullins' charge, who was very good at Leopardstown on his latest start, is taken to come out on top again.

Established in 1959, the event is one of the highlights of the meeting and is considered to be the championship race for the two mile chasing division.

It was given its title in 1980, to mark the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday.

Tom Dreaper enjoyed plenty of success in the first few years of the race, winning it six times between 1960 and 1970, including twice with Fortria in 1960 and 1961, becoming the leading trainer in the race – a title which he still holds today.

However, both Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson trail Dreaper by just one win, and the latter could level that tally in 2019 with the current odds-on favourite for the race, and 2018 winner, Altior .

Several horses have won this race on more than one occasion over the years, though to date only one has won the Queen Mother Champion Chase on three occasions, the Michael Dickinson-trained Badsworth Boy, who won the race in 1983, 1984 and 1985 (Monica Dickinson trained him for the latter).

Like the rest of the Festival, the race wasn’t run in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak, and since then several famous names have gone on to win the race in recent years.

Three horses have won the race on more than one occasion this century; the Jessica Harrington -trained Moscow Flyer (in 2003 and 2005), the Paul Nicholls -trained Master Minded (2008 and 2009) and the legendary Sprinter Sacre (in 2013 and 2016).

In terms of Timeform ratings, Sprinter Sacre’s performance to win the 2013 renewal, a run which earned him a Timeform performance rating of 192, is considered to be one of the greatest National Hunt performances in history, one which saw him annihilate a field of high quality, multiple graded winners, including the 2011 winner of the race Sizing Europe.

That run produced the highest Timeform rating over jumps in the modern era, edging out Kauto Star’s wide-margin win in the 2009 King George, and it has been bettered only by Arkle and Flyingbolt.

There have been several remarkable winners of the race this century, though, with Moscow Flyer (2005), Master Minded (2008) and Altior (2018) all achieving Timeform ratings on or around the 180 mark for their victories. Altior’s most recent win in 2019 was around 10 lb lower.

The most successful trainer in the race is Tom Dreaper, who has won it six times with Fortria (1960, 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966), Muir (1969) and Straight Fort (1970).

The joint-most successful jockeys in the race are Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty , who both have five wins to their name.

Taaffe’s successes came on board Fortria (1960, 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966) and Straight Fort (1970), whilst Geraghty’s wins in the Queen Mother Champion Chase came on board Moscow Flyer (2003, 2005), Big Zeb (2010), Finian's Rainbow (2012) and Sprinter Sacre (2013).

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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

1 mile seven furlongs and 199 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

12

What day of the festival is the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

Day 2

What time is the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

15:30

What weights are carried for the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

11st 10lb. 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

£400,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Queen Mother Champion Chase*?

Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty, both on five wins.

Who is the leading trainer in the Queen Mother Champion Chase*?

Tom Dreaper, with six wins.

Who won the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

You can check out our Queen Mother Champion Chase results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

Click the link to visit our Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1959

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