Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips
The Queen Mother Champion Chase tips are lined up for the big feature race of the Cheltenham Festival Day 2 action. The significant Grade 1 fixture is the biggest 2m chase on the National Hunt Calendar.
Our betting experts look through the field for this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase preview. It is expected to all boil down to a massive clash between SHISHKIN and ENERGUMENE, which could well be the highlight of the entire Festival.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Potential Runners & Favourites
The Queen Mother Champion Chase runners for the 2022 renewal naturally see some big names on the list. It’s the top minimum-distance chasers around that will step into the arena on Ladies Day to take their chance at glory. Our experts size up some Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips.
SHISHKIN is so unique, and the Nicky Henderson-trained 8-year-old will put his unbeaten record on the line at this year’s Festival. He landed the Arkle last year and has just gone from strength to strength since. Shishkin confirmed his status as the best 2-mile chaser when he beat out big rival Energumene in the Clarence House at Ascot in January.
ENERGUMENE has risen to the top of this division and is the apparent threat to the favourite. The gelding, trained by Willie Mullins, gave everything he had against Shishkin at Ascot earlier this year but fell short by a length, despite having been two lengths up at last. However, that’s just what Shishkin can do to his rivals.
CHACUN POUR SOI is a high-class chaser but has just been unfortunate to have the other two on the scene at the moment. Chacun Pour Soi has won 8 of 12 chase starts in his career and was third in last year’s renewal. So place claims are there, but can he defy odds to upset the big two?
It looks like it will be a challenging way into the mix for any other contenders in this one. It is not a weak field at all, but Shishkin and Energumene look a clear-cut above the rest when it comes to Queen Mother Champion Chase tips. But competitors for the places include NUBE NEGRA, ENVOI ALLEN and PUT THE KETTLE ON.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Confirmed Runners
|Shishkin||J: Nico de Boinville|
T: Nicky Henderson
|Energumene||J: Paul Townend|
T: Willie Mullins
|Chacun Pour Soi||J: Patrick Mullins|
T: Willie Mullins
|Nube Negra||J: Harry Skelton|
T: Dan Skelton
|Envoi Allen||J: Rachael Blackmore|
T: Henry De Bromhead
|Funambule Sivola||J: Charlie Deutsch|
T: Venetia Williams
|Put The Kettle On||J: Aidan Coleman|
T: Henry De Bromhead
|Politologue||J: Harry Cobden|
T: Paul Nicholls
*Odds Correct as of 12pm 14/03/22*
How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Queen Mother Champion Chase Race
Four of the last ten Queen Mother Champion Chase winners have been favourites. The most recent was Altior at 4/11, when he completed a double.
Breaking that down further, Altior’s 2019 win is the only time in the last seven editions that there has been a winning favourite.
So that’s something to consider for Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips. In the last ten editions, the biggest-priced winner was Put The Kettle On, who won last year at 17/2.
In the last two decades, there has not been a Queen Mother Champion Chase winner bigger than 16/1.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years
|Year||Favourite Horse*||Winning Horse|
|2021||Chacun Pour Soi (3rd)||Put The Kettle On (17/2)|
|2020||Defi Du Seuil (4th)||Politologue (6/1)|
|2017||Douvan (7th)||Special Tiara (11/1)|
|2016||Un De Sceaux (2nd)||Sprinter Sacre (5/1)|
|2015||Sprinter Sacre (PU)||Dodgin Bullets (9/2)|
|2014||Sire De Grugy||Sire De Grugy (11/4)|
|2013||Sprinter Sacre||Sprinter Sacre (1/4)|
|2012||Sizing Europe (2nd)||Finian’s Rainbow (4/1)|
*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up
Queen Mother Champion Chase History & Present Time
We are looking at the pinnacle of 2m chasing in this Queen Mother Champion Chase preview. The race was inaugurated in 1959 as the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase. It took on its current moniker in 1980 to celebrate the Queen Mother’s 80th Birthday.
This 2m Grade 1 fixture is on the Old Course at the Cheltenham racecourse. There are 13 fences in his contest.
Some great winners include Moscow Flyer, Badsworth Boy (the only horse to win it three times), Master Minded, Sizing Europe, Sprinter Sacre and more recently, two-time winner Altior. There is a purse of £400,000 on this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Jockey & Trainer Records
Pat Taafe and, more recently, Barry Geraghty share the spoils for having ridden the most Queen Mother Champion Chase winners. The only active jockey to have won the Champion Chase on more than one occasion is Nico de Boinville, with three scores, including a double on Altior.
Trainers Tom Dreaper, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, have all won the Champion Hurdle three times. The latter two have got all of theirs within the last 20 renewals. Henry de Bromhead (3) and Jessica Harrington (2) are the only other multiple-winner trainers in that span.