The Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature race on Day Two (Ladies’ Day) of the Cheltenham Festival. A Grade 1 event, this renewal typically has fewer entrants than many other races of the same level but that does not detract from the excitement.

For many, this is considered the best race of the Festival. Bettors and spectators are treated to a top-quality field of the very best high-speed chasers battling it out over 2m. The runners will go to post at 3:30pm.

The 2018 renewal looks to be a belter. A star-studded line-up is headed by Altior who will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record over jumps. Likely to stand in his way are Min, Politilogue and last year’s  beaten 2/9 favourite Douvan.

Willie Mullins’ raider went into the 2017 edition with an unbeaten record over fences but lagged home in seventh behind eventual winner Special Tiara at 11/1.

Queen Mother Champion Chase leaders

Race History

Originally the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase, this race was first run in 1959. On the occasion of the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday in 1980 the name was changed in her honour and has been so called ever since.

The Queen Mother was a respected owner of chasers including Game Spirit, who came second here in 1976.

Race Information

The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes place on Cheltenham’s Old Course over a distance of 3,219 metres, with 12 fences.

In terms of prize money, this is a coveted win: the total prize pot stands at £400,000, with the winner pocketing a cool £227, 800.  Entry is available to horses aged five years and above with 11st 10lb the required weight to be carried. There is a compulsory 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

Queen Mother Champion Chase jockey

Race Records and Trends

  • Badworth Boy is the most successful horse with a hat-trick of wins between 1983-1985.
  • Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty hold the joint-record for most victories as a jockey with five apiece.
  • Master Minded (2008) is the only five-year-old to taste success in the Queen Mother.
  • Nicky Henderson has trained three of the last six winners – Sprinter Sacre (2013, 2016) and Finian’s Rainbow (2012).
  • 70% of winners since 1987 have won or placed at the Festival before.
  • 11 of the last 15 winners had previously run in the Tingle Creek Chase.
  • 14 of the last 17 victors were SP 5/1 or lower.
  • Only three of the last 10 winners went off as a favourite.
  • Five of the last 10 winners have been French-bred.

The longest-priced horse to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase was Another Dolly in 1980, who romped home in first place with starting odds of 33/1.

As the most anticipated event of Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival, the Queen Mother Champion Chase sums up everything that makes the Festival so popular: a rich history, incredible displays of talent, and a charge to the finish that is sure to get your pulse racing.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase Winners

  • 2008: Master Minded – Ruby Walsh
  • 2009: Master Minded – Ruby Walsh
  • 2010: Big Zeb – Barry Geraghty
  • 2011: Sizing Europe – Andrew Lynch
  • 2012: Finian’s Rainbow – Barry Geraghty
  • 2013: Sprinter Sacre – Barry Geraghty
  • 2014: Sire de Grugy – Jamie Moore
  • 2015: Dodging Bullets – Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 2016: Sprinter Sacre – Nico de Boinville
  • 2017: Special Tiara – Noel Fehily

You can get all of the latest odds on the 2018 Queen Mother Champion Chase here: