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When is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 2021?

Cheltenham Wednesday 17th March 15.30pm

Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase  (Grade 1) (4yo+)

Distance: 2 Miles

Weights: 11st 10lb, 7lb allowance for mares

The fourth race on Ladies Day is the feature race – the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a grade one chase, over two miles of the old course comprising twelve fences. It is an exciting race for the fastest two-mile chasers in national hunt racing.

This is speed jumping at its best and one mistake could cost a horse the race – hold onto your hats, it is sure to be a thriller.


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Champion Chase Records

Fastest Win: SPRINTER SACRE 2016 ridden by Nico Boinville trained by Nicky Henderson finished in 228.9 s – 3 minutes 48.9 seconds

Most successful horse (3 wins):

Badsworth Boy – 1983, 1984, 1985

Leading jockey (5 wins):

Pat Taaffe – Fortria (1960, 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966), Straight Fort (1970)
Barry Geraghty – Moscow Flyer (2003, 2005), Big Zeb (2010), Finian's Rainbow (2012), Sprinter Sacre (2013)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

Tom Dreaper – Fortria (1960, 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966), Muir (1969), Straight Fort (1970)
Nicky Henderson – Remittance Man (1992), Finian's Rainbow (2012), Sprinter Sacre (2013, 2016), Altior (2018, 2019)
Paul Nicholls – Call Equiname (1999), Azertyuiop (2004), Master Minded (2008, 2009), Dodging Bullets (2015), Politologue (2020)

Leading owner (3 wins):

George Ansley – Fortria (1960, 1961), Straight Fort (1970)
Doug Armitage – Badsworth Boy (1983, 1984, 1985)
John Hales – One Man (1998), Azertyuiop (2004), Politologue (2020)

Queen Mother Champion Chase Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – 11 of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 and 10. 5 of them were aged 9 and only 26 horses of that age have run in the last 12 years.
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings
  • Trainer – Nicky Henderson has won this race 5 times in the last 12 years. Paul Nicols has recorded 3 wins and Henry De Bromhead 2 in the same time period.
  • Horse – 2 horses have won the race twice in the last 12 years. 
  • Country – 5 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 5 in France and 2 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 8 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – All 12 winners have carried 11st 10lb and mares 11st 3lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 9 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 6/1 or less. 
  • Starting Price Rank – 5 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 11 were in the first 4 in the betting.
  • Headgear – None of the last 12 winners wore any headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 10 of the last 12 winners had run between 45 and 80 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –8 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, 10 of them finished in the first 3 last time.
  • Official Rating – 10 of the last 12 winners had an official rating of at least 164.

Who are the Queen Mother Champion Chase Leading Contenders?

CHACUN POUR SOI – Lightly raced 9 year old who is 5 wins from 7 over fences including 3 Grade 1’s

POLITIOLOG – Won this last year and proved he has lost none of his sparkle when winning the Tingle Creek at Sandown on reappearance.

ALTIOR – Dual winner of this race who missed last year’s renewal. 15 wins from 17 over fences.

NUBE NEGRA – Young pretender who had the mighty ALTIOR behind when winning the Desert Orchid at Kempton over Christmas. 

What’s Keith’s Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips for 2021?

While I love ALTIOR and want him to run well every time he is getting a bit long in the tooth at 11 years old, NUBE NEGRA who beat him last time is probably not quite the finished article at just 7. POLITILOGUE made-all to win last year but with a couple of the principals missing there were only 5 runners, he is unlikely to get things his own way this year. CHACUN POUR SOI is the absolute box ticker and this is a race that his trainer Willie Mullins would dearly love to win as it has eluded him thus far, currently ante-post favourite at 6/1 he is my selection for the race.. 

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What was Keith’s Champion Chase Tip for 2020?

For the 2020 Cheltenham Festival Antepost Guide Keith wrote about his antepost selections for the Queen Mother Champion Chase: 

This year’s renewal of the Queen Mother Champion Chase looks set to be a thriller. The three to concentrate on are CHACUN POUR SOI, ALTIOR and DEFI DU SEIUL.   

The first one to be eliminated is CHACUN POUR SOI who is the least experienced having had only four Chase runs and has not run at Cheltenham before.  Now we are down to a head-to head, and whilst DEFI DU SEIUL was impressive at Royal Ascot, quickening  clear before being eased on the run  in, ALTIOR in turn won pretty readily at Newbury, finding an extra gear  after the last and running on well.  

ALTIOR – Keith’s tip for the Champion Chase, no surprise here.  Some quarters have criticised ALTIOR’s win last time for leaving it late but that is how he has won most of his races so I  am sticking with him.

On the day, Keith went for DEFI DU SEUIL

Result: DEFI DU SEUIL turned out to be a disappointing odds-on favourite in the Queen Mother Champion Chase finishing a well beaten fourth of five.

Champion Chase Results

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
Distance: 2m (3499 yards) Prize (winner): £225080 Direction: Left Handed
Runners: 5    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 10.03s   Avg OR: 164     Median OR: 163  

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
61stPolitologue (FR)9165Nicholls, P FSkelton, Harry6/17.602.60
made virtually all, clear before 2 out, ridden approaching last, driven flat, unchallenged BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 8
52nd9.5Dynamite Dollars (FR)7160Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry7/111.142.76
chased leaders, disputing 2nd from 4th, mistake 4 out, pushed along after next, ridden and hanging left before last, no impression on winner BF IP MIN 7.2 BF IP MAX 1000
23rd3.25Bun Doran (IRE)9160George, T RBurke, Jonathan33/148.006.60
led until 1st, chased winner, pushed along after 3 out, no impression before 2 out, ridden before last, lost 2nd flat, no extra BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
44th0.5Defi Du Seuil (FR)7170Hobbs, P JGeraghty, B J2/5 (Fav)1.451.24
held up in touch on outside, rider lost right iron briefly 4 out, close enough 3 out, soon pushed along and beaten, well held when landed awkwardly last, closed on 3rd towards finish BF IP MIN 1.4 BF IP MAX 1000
75th32Sceau Royal (FR)8163King, AJacob, Daryl10/113.503.26
held up in last, pushed along before 3 out, soon beaten, well behind 2 out, tailed off BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Altior (IRE), Chacun Pour Soi (FR)

Champion Chase Previous Winners
DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOdds
Good To Soft101011/1
Good To Soft771/4
Good To Soft1264/11
Good To Soft853/1
Good To Soft1065/1
Good To Soft1287/4
Good To Soft1397/2
Good To Firm6109/1


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Cheltenham Festival Wednesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m abt ½fChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m abt ½fBumper

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