Queen Mother Champion Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Cheltenham, 3.30, 14th March 2018
The highlight of day two at the Cheltenham Festival is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Here we bring together the best odds and offers as well as our betting tips for this thrilling race.
First run in 1959 and open to chasers aged five and older, this race represents the season’s championship event for two mile chasers. Held on the Old Course at Cheltenham, this Grade 1 contest features 12 stiff fences and offers over £340,000 in total prize money.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips
Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Offers and Free Bets
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NON RUNNER, NO BET – the following bookies are offering non runner no bet on the Champion Chase:
- Bet365 – also offering Best Odds Guaranteed
- Paddy Power
- 888sport – the bookie also offers a Bet £10, Get £30 deal to new customers
More Queen Mother Champion Chase offers and bonuses will appear very soon, but take a look at the latest Cheltenham Festival free bets and promos to see what the bookies are already dishing out!
Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips and Race Preview 2018
Altior was the 1/4 favourite when cruising to victory in last year’s Arkle and he’d be trading a lot shorter for this race had he not required surgery on a breathing problem. The issue has prevented him from taking to the track since but he is expected to return in good time for this race as he looks for a 12th consecutive victory. If he can pick up where he left off he’ll surely win this race but almost a year without a race could well have a big impact.
It’s not like Altior isn’t facing much in the way of competitive here either. Douvan’s involvement is in a lot of doubt but stablemate Min is expected to run in this race. He was first past the line at Leopardstown but was knocked down a place by the stewards for leaning into Simply Ned. That ended a run of three victories on the trot for the seven-year-old but you can expect him to bounce back here.
Among the talented list of entries from this race is also Tingle Creek winner Politologue who narrowly had the beating of Fox Norton at Sandown. The two could well square off again here and if they do it’s Politologue who you’d have to fancy to come out on top again. As an alternative to Min though, it’s Great Field who catches the eye. The seven-year-old has put in some impressive shifts at or around the two mile mark, even claiming a Grade 1 win at Punchestown at the end of last season. He’s a horse with bags of potential and definitely one to keep note of.
Queen Mother Champion Chase Previous Winners
- 2017 – Special Tiara – jockey Noel Fehily, trainer Henry de Bromhead
- 2016 – Sprinter Sacre – jockey Nico de Boinville, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2015 – Dodging Bullets – jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2014 – Sire De Grugy – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
- 2013 – Sprinter Sacre – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2012 – Finian’s Rainbow – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2011 – Sizing Europe – jockey Andrew Lynch, trainer Henry de Bromhead
- 2010 – Big Zeb – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Colm Murphy
- 2009 – Master Minded – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2008 – Master Minded – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2007 – Voy Por Ustedes – jockey Robert Thornton, trainer Alan King
- 2006 – Newmill – jockey Andrew J. McNamara, trainer John Joseph Murphy
Queen Mother Champion Chase History
Up until 1980 this contest had the simple title of the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase. The Queen Mother, an ardent racing fan and owner, was granted the honour of having this race named after her in 1980. No commercial sponsorship was given to the race until the year 2007 when Seasons Holidays lent their support. Sportingbet and Betvictor later sponsored the race and another betting firm, Betway, took over in 2015.
It takes a special type of animal to be able to travel and jump at the speed required to land this event, and some real superstars have taken the contest over the years. It has proven relatively common for such a star chaser to take this prize on more than one occasion. In total 10 horses have twice taken home the prize, including dual Cheltenham Gold Cup runner up Fortria, the brilliant Master Minded and 13 time Grade 1 winning Irish superstar, Moscow Flyer. Topping the lot though is Badsworth Boy who took this race in 1983, 1984 and 1985 for Michael and Monica Dickinson.
The class of a performer has occasionally been well known in advance of this race, resulting in some pretty short priced winners. Sprinter Sacre more than lived up to his status as 1/4 favourite in 2013 when demolishing the field by 19 lengths without apparently breaking sweat. Shortest price of all though was Tom Dreaper’s Flyingbolt, who won at 1/5 in 1966.
The biggest priced winner arose in controversial circumstances. Chinrullah passed the post first in 1980 but was found to have run under the influence of a banned substance and disqualified. Second place finisher Another Dolly was promoted to first at the rewarding odds of 33/1.
The youngest winner in the races history was also one of its most impressive. No five-year-old had previously come home in front when Master Minded lined up for this in 2008. In a race billed as one of the clashes of the festival with the previous year’s winner Voy Por Ustedes sent off favourite, Master Minded produced one of those performances which simply takes the breath away. A winning margin of 19 lengths could have been so much more as Ruby Walsh no more than coasted home in a race that had long been over as a contest.
Advancing years doesn’t appear to be as much of a barrier to success here as in some of the festivals other two mile contests. 12 winners have been aged 10 or above in the first 56 editions of the race. Mouse Morris’s Skymas joined this club when coming home in front in 1976 and repeated the trick in 1977 at 12 years of age to become the oldest winner in the history of the race.
Paul Nicholls’ 2015 victory with Dodging Bullets was his fifth in the race, putting him one behind Tom Dreaper on the list of leading trainers. Barry Geraghty’s 2013 romp on Sprinter Sacre was also his fifth here putting him level with Pat Taaffe as the leading jockey in this race. The amazing victory by Sprinter Sacre in 2016 – this time with Nico de Boinville in the saddle – was a sight to behold and cemented Sprinter’s place as one of the very greatest horses there has been!
In 2017 there was a surprise winner in the form of Henry de Bromhead’s Special Tiara, who ran in at 11/1 as stong odds-on favourite Douvan was well off the pace.