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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2022 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 Wed 16 Mar QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

Distance: 15f 199y Age: 5yo + Prize: £400,000 Going: Soft

Analyst's Verdict

A mouth-watering rematch between SHISHKIN and Energumene and Nicky Henderson's star can uphold the Clarence House form and make it 3 Festival wins in a row. Shishkin's strong finish at Ascot proved decisive and that could be the difference again up the Cheltenham Hill which he knows well. Willie Mullins, still seeking a first win in this race, has another strong contender in Chacun Pour Soi.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. CHACUN POUR SOI (FR)
J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
10
11-10
* * *
* * *
Has won 6 Grade 1s over fences, including a third Dublin Chase last month. Flopped on both visits to Britain (including in this race 12 months ago) but would add real spice to the mix if at his best.
2
jockey silks 2. ENERGUMENE (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Went unbeaten in his first 5 starts over fences before worn down only late on by Shishkin in the Clarence House at Ascot. Top-class, bold-jumping front runner who seems sure to go well again.
3
jockey silks 3. ENVOI ALLEN (FR)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
11-10
* *
* *
Champion Bumper/Ballymore winner who fell in the Marsh last year when going for a 4-timer. Not quite as impressive this term, making hard work of it at Leopardstown at Christmas. Has had a wind op.
4
jockey silks 4. FUNAMBULE SIVOLA (FR)
J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
7
11-10
* * *
* * *
Likeable front-runner who has got back on the up returned to 2m with stylish wins in Doncaster handicap and Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. This is much tougher but he certainly has each-way claims.
5
jockey silks 5. NUBE NEGRA (SPA)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
Returned with impressive C&D win but well below par in Tingle Creek at Sandown only run since. He would have gone very close in this 12 months ago with better luck, but this is a stronger renewal.
6
jockey silks 6. POLITOLOGUE (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
11
11-10
* *
* *
Won this in 2020 but very lightly raced since and after another wind op was a below-par second to Nube Negra in Shloer Chase here on sole run this term. Hard to see this veteran playing a major part.
7
jockey silks 7. SHISHKIN (IRE)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
8
11-10
* * * * *
* * * * *
Retained his unbeaten record over fences when edging out Energumene in the Clarence House at Ascot. Has powered clear to win the Supreme and Arkle at the last 2 Festivals and is the one to beat.
8
jockey silks 8. PUT THE KETTLE ON (IRE)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
11-3
* *
* *
Won the 2020 Arkle and this race last year (fourth C&D success) but she's been well beaten in 2 runs this term and it's difficult to see her retaining her crown in first-time cheekpieces.

Betting Forecast : 8/11 .72 SHISHKIN, 4/1 4 ENERGUMENE, 6/1 6 CHACUN POUR SOI, 25/1 25 NUBE NEGRA, 33/1 33 FUNAMBULE SIVOLA, 40/1 40 ENVOI ALLEN, 66/1 66 POLITOLOGUE, 66/1 66 PUT THE KETTLE ON

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 2022 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 (2019)

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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