Staged at the Cheltenham Festival each March the Grade One Queen Mother Champion Chase is run over 2m, with 12 fences to tackle. This is where JUICESTORM give you the key Champion Chase trends to help you find the winner based on past statistics – use these trends to whittle down the 2021 Champion Chase runners and find the best past winning profile.
Run as the featured race on the second day (Wednesday) of the festival the race was first run back in 1959 and given the ‘Queen Mother’ title in 1980 to celebrate the Queen mum’s 80th birthday.
The betting for the 2021 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase sees the 2018 and 2019 winner – Altior – as a leading player again as he bids to give trainer Nicky Henderson his seventh win in the race and his six since 2012.
Altior, who won the Champion Chase in 2018 and 2019, became the first horse to successfully defend his title since Master Minded in 2008 and 09 – if running in 2020 will now be hoping to become the first horse since Badsworth Boy (83-85) to win the race three times.
The 2020 Champion Chase went to the Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue, who was giving the trainer his sixth success in the race – he’s likely to be back for more in the 2021 Champion Chase, but looks to face stern opposition from the Willie Mullins runner – Chacun Pour Soi – who, remarkably, will be looking to give Mullins his first ever win in this Cheltenham Festival ‘day two’ feature.
Here at JUICESTORM we look back at recent winners and highlights the key trends to take into the 2021 renewal – this year run on Wednesday 17th March.
Recent Queen Mother Champion Chase Winners
2020 – POLITOLOGUE (6/1)
2019 – ALTIOR (4/11 fav)
2018 – ALTIOR (Evs fav)
2017 – SPECIAL TIARA (11/1)
2016 – SPRINTER SACRE (5/1)
2015 – DODGING BULLETS (9/2)
2014 – SIRE DE GRUGY (11/4 fav)
2013 – SPRINTER SACRE (1/4 fav)
2012 – FINIAN’S RAINBOW (4/1)
2011 – SIZING EUROPE (10/1)
2010 – BIG ZEB (10/1)
2009 – MASTER MINDED (4/11 fav)
2008 – MASTER MINDED (3/1)
2007 – VOY POR USTEDES (5/1)
2006 – NEWMILL (16/1)
2005 – MOSCOW FLYER (6/4 fav)
2004 – AZERTYUIOP (15/8 fav)
2003 – MOSCOW FLYER (7/4 fav)
Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Trends
16/18 – Had raced within the last 8 weeks
16/18 – Had won at least 5 times over fences before
16/18 – Had run over fences at Cheltenham before
14/18 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
13/18 – Returned 5/1 or shorter in the betting
13/18 – Won last time out
11/18 – Placed favourites
11/18 – Winning distance – 5 lengths or more
10/18 – Had won over fences at Cheltenham before
8/18 – Irish bred
8/18 – French bred
7/18 – Winning favourites
6/18 – Won by an Irish-trained horse
6/18 – Won the Arkle Chase the previous season
4/18 – Ran in the Tied Cottage Chase (Punchestown) last time out
4/18 – Had won the race before
3/18 – Ran in the Game Spirit Chase (Newbury) last time out
The average winning SP in the last 18 runnings is 9/2
Other Queen Mother Champion Chase Stats
14 of the last 20 winners ran in that season’s Tingle Creek Chase (Sandown)
22 of the last 36 winners had previously won at the Cheltenham Festival
38 of the last 39 winners returned 11/1 or shorter in the betting
16 of the last 19 Arkle Chase winners to run the next season in this have finished placed or better
18 of the last 19 winners had won a Grade One Chase previously
Champion Chase – UK vs Irish
17/23 – British-trained winners
6/23 – Irish-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) is yet to train the winner
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 5 of the last 9 winners (won the race 6 times in total)
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 6 of the last 21 winners
Henry de Bromhead (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 10 winners
Jessica Harrington (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 18 winners
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