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

ShishkinHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
EnergumeneHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
Chacun Pour SoiHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Patrick Mullins
T: Willie Mullins
Nube NegraHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Envoi AllenHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
Funambule SivolaHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
Put The Kettle OnHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Aidan Coleman
T: Henry De Bromhead
PolitologueHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: 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

YearFavourite Horse*Winning Horse
2021Chacun Pour Soi (3rd)Put The Kettle On (17/2)
2020Defi Du Seuil (4th)Politologue (6/1)
2019AltiorAltior (4/11)
2018AltiorAltior (1/1)
2017Douvan (7th)Special Tiara (11/1)
2016Un De Sceaux (2nd)Sprinter Sacre (5/1)
2015Sprinter Sacre (PU)Dodgin Bullets (9/2)
2014Sire De GrugySire De Grugy (11/4)
2013Sprinter SacreSprinter Sacre (1/4)
2012Sizing 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.

Tips for all the other races on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival

1:30Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle TipsSee Preview
2:10Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase TipsSee Preview
2:50Coral Cup TipsSee Preview
3:30Queen Mother Champion Chase TipsSee Preview
4:10Cross Country Chase TipsSee Preview
4:50Grand Annual Chase TipsSee Preview
5:30Champion Bumper TipsSee Preview