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  • on 28.02.2012
  • at 10:08 AM
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Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Preview & Odds

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 race for horses aged five years and older. It is the Championship race on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival and the biggest and best middle distance race on the National Hunt calendar.

The Champion Chase is run over a distance of 2 miles, with Badsworth Boy being the only horse in the race’s history to have won the race three times – in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Henry de Bromhead trained the winner of last year’s race with the excellent Sizing Europe taking the spoils. The horse won the race by five lengths with Andrew Lynch in the saddle – returning an SP of 10/1 for those punters lucky enough to get on!

Big Zeb ran home for 2nd on that occasion, with Captain Cee Bee back in third.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Trends

  • 19 of the last 25 winners were previously placed at the Festival.
  • 8 of the last 10 winners ran in the Tingle Creek Chase.
  • Since 1997, only one horse older than 10 has won the race.
  • 10 of the last 12 Arkle Trophy winners were 1st or 2nd in this race the next year.
  • All 12 of the last 12 Arkle winners finished in the first three in this race the following year.
  • 28 of the last 29 winners started at odds of no bigger than 11/1.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds

Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips

Of all the Cheltenham Festival races, the Queen Mother Champion Chase is one of the most important ones to pay attention to the trends in. The starting point for the Queen Mother starts with last year’s Arkle Trophy, given that the last 12 winners of that race went on to place in this race the following year, with 10 finishing 1st or 2nd.

But this year is different as last year’s Arkle winner Captain Chris won’t line up in the Queen Mother this time around. The horse that finished 2nd on that occasion was Nicky Henderson’s Finian’s Rainbow. The nine-year-old has followed upo that run with 2 more excellent victories since then and looks a big price should he take his place in the field as expected.

Sizing Europe is a proven champion, having won this race at last year’s Festival, and will go off at around Evs on the day. Trainer Henry de Bromhead has tried him in some other races over a longer distance, but the 2 miles here is by far his favoured trip, and he is the one to beat on paper.

Big Zeb also has big claims having run some big races in his time, but we feel he might have a little too much to do to pass Sizing Europe and Finian’s Rainbow on this occasion.

Given his exploits in last year’s Arkle, and the fact that Captain Chris won’t take his place in the field, Finian’s Rainbow must be the selection here at around 5/1.

Other Cheltenham Festival Race Previews

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle »
Arkle Chase »
*Champion Hurdle »

Day 2 (Wednesday)

RSA Chase »

Day 3 (Thursday)

*Ladbrokes World Hurdle »

Day 4 (Friday)

*Cheltenham Gold Cup »

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