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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2021 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).

3:05 Wed 17 Mar QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

Distance: 15f 199y Age: 5yo + Prize: £300,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

CHACUN POUR SOI has produced a couple of outstanding displays in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown this winter and he'll surely be too good if showing up in anything like the same form. Notebook has found the selection much too strong on his last 2 starts but he is undoubtedly a high-class chaser and represents a bit of value to hit the forecast spot ahead of last year's winner Politologue.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
jockey silks 1. CHACUN POUR SOI (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-10
* * * * *
* * * * *
Top-class chaser who made it 3-3 this term with impressive display in Dublin Chase (2/5) at Leopardstown last month. Late defector in last year's Champion Chase and set to make amends now.
2
jockey silks 2. CILAOS EMERY (FR)
J: B. J. Cooper
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-10
* * *
* * *
Top-class chaser who got right back on track when easily making all in Grade 3 at Naas last month. Has something to find with his stablemate Chacun Pour Soi but he's no forlorn hope.
3
jockey silks 3. FIRST FLOW (IRE)
J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
9
11-10
* * *
* * *
Has progressed into a top-class chaser, given attacking ride when making it 6 wins in a row with ready 7l success over Politologue in Clarence House at Ascot. This demands more but still respected.
4
jockey silks 4. GREANETEEN (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-10
* * *
* * *
Stylish winner of Exeter's Haldon Gold Cup and has raised his game further when placed in Tingle Creek and Game Spirit. Strong pace will suit this keen-going sort. Lively outsider.
5
jockey silks 5. NOTEBOOK (GER)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Top-class chaser. Wide-margin winner at Naas and good placed efforts, though no match for Chacun Pour Soi, in Grade 1s at Leopardstown both runs since. Bold-jumping front-runner. Should be in the mix.
6
jockey silks 6. NUBE NEGRA (SPA)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
7
11-10
* *
* *
Announced himself a high-class chaser when 20/1-winner of Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton in December by 3½ lengths from below-par Altior. Another chunk of improvement needed to follow up here, though.
7
jockey silks 7. POLITOLOGUE (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
10
11-10
* * *
* * *
Readily made all in this event 12 months ago and captured a second Tingle Creek this term before creditable second to First Flow in Clarence House at Ascot. Should give a good account.
8
jockey silks 8. ROUGE VIF (FR)
J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Harry Whittington
7
11-10
*
*
Smart chaser who readily landed handicap over C&D in October. Good third in the Tingle Creek after but well held behind Nube Negra in Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton. This is a very tough ask.
9
jockey silks 9. SCEAU ROYAL (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Alan King
9
11-10
* *
* *
Very smart hurdler/chaser who arrives on the back of Game Spirit win at Newbury by 2l from Champ. Has come up short in the last 2 runnings of this, though, and it'll likely be the same again.
10
jockey silks 10. PUT THE KETTLE ON (IRE)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-3
* * *
* * *
Arkle winner. Returned with third C&D victory in Shloer Chase and good third to Chacun Pour Soi in Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas. Likeable front-runner who goes well here.

Betting Forecast : 4/5 .8 CHACUN POUR SOI, 9/1 9 NUBE NEGRA, 10/1 10 POLITOLOGUE, 12/1 12 PUT THE KETTLE ON, 14/1 14 CILAOS EMERY, 18/1 18 FIRST FLOW, 28/1 28 SCEAU ROYAL, 33/1 33 ROUGE VIF, 40/1 40 NOTEBOOK, 50/1 50 GREANETEEN

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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