Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the showpiece Championship race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival and takes place on Wednesday 13th March.  Read More

You can check out the latest Queen Mother Champion Chase odds here, as well as our Cheltenham tips for the big Grade 1 contest, while we also help guide you through all the runners and help you place a bet on the race with some of the best horse racing betting sites...

About The Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature event on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, which is traditionally held on a Wednesday in March. A Grade One steeplechase over just shy of two miles (one mile, seven furlongs and 199 yards), the Champion Chase is the main minimum-distance chase in the National Hunt calendar. There have been a host of multiple winners of the race over the years, particularly recently, with Altior, Sprinter Sacre, Master Minded and Moscow Flyer all achieving the feat this century.

The Champion Chase was first run in 1959 as the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase, and the inaugural running was won by Quita Que. Several legendary names have won the race over the years, including Flyingbolt in 1966, who is officially the second-greatest National Hunt horse of all time behind Arkle. Each of Fortria (1960 & 1961), Drinny Double (1967 & 1968), Royal Relief (1972 & 1974), Skymas (1976 & 1977) and Hilly Way (1978 & 1979) won more than one renewal of the race in its first 20 years, though Badsworth Boy became the first and remains the only horse to win three renewals of the race for the Dickinson family, between 1983-1985. Several horses have won more than one renewal since, including Moscow Flyer (2003 & 2005), Master Minded (2008 & 2009), Altior (2018 & 2019) and the great Sprinter Sacre (2013 & 2016), who have all achieved the feat since the turn of the century. The race was given its present title in 1980, in honour of the Queen Mother on her 80th birthday, who was a keen National Hunt fan.

Energumene was a sublime winner of the Champion Chase for the second year in a row as the hot favourite pulled well clear of Captain Guinness in a rout.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Key Trends

  • Four of the last 10 winners have been sent off favourite
  • No horse has been bigger than 11/1 (Special Tiara in 2017) in the betting in the last 10 renewals
  • Seven of the last 10 winners have been trained in the UK
  • Six of the last 10 winners had won their previous race before claiming Champion Chase glory

Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips

We display our Queen Mother Champion Chase tips from our very own longshot specialist, Raceolly, plus the best and most respected tipsters from the Racing Post and national newspapers. These will be displayed on the above racecard from the evening before the race. In the meantime, visit our Cheltenham Tips section to view our latest ante-post selections.

The Best Betting Sites To Bet On The Queen Mother Champion Chase

We take a look at some of the best horse racing betting sites to place a bet on the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Paddy Power - The Pros and Cons of Paddy Power for Betting on the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Paddy Power are offering new customers the sign-up offer of Bet £10 & Get £50 In Free Bets

What we like:
  • Paddy Power are offering a free bet for day two of the Cheltenham Festival
What we don't:
  • Paddy Power are only BOG from 8am on day of race
bet365 - The Pros and Cons of bet365 for Betting on the Champion Chase

Bet365 bookmakers are offering new customers a sign-up deal of Bet £10 & Get £30 In Free Bets

What we like:
  • bet365 offer Best Odds Guaranteed once the final declarations are in for the Cheltenham Festival races
What we don't:
  • bet365 can sometimes restrict punters on the big races
William Hill - The Pros and Cons of William Hill for Betting on the Champion Chase

William Hill have a new sign-up offer of Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets, which can be used on the Champion Chase.

What we like:
  • William Hill offer competitive prices on the Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • William Hill have one bet boost every day of the Cheltenham Festival
What we don't:
  • William Hill are usually Best Odds Guaranteed on the day of the race after 10am
Boylesports - The Pros and Cons of Boylesports for Betting on the Champion Chase

Boylesports are offering new customers a sign-up deal of Bet £10 Get £20 + £10 Casino Bonus.

What we like:
  • Boylesports are offering competitive prices at the head of the Queen Mother Champion Chase betting
  • Boylesports are offering Best Odds Guaranteed the day before the race
What we don't:
  • Boylesports are offering short prices on the bigger-priced contenders

How To Bet On the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Here at HorseRacing.net we give you all the information on how to place at bet on the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Time Needed: 2 Minutes
Tools Needed: Laptop or Mobile
See which horses have been tipped
On the day of the race, the racecard on this page will display tips from all the top newspaper tipsters plus our own in-house experts.
Compare odds
Use the grid on this page to compare the odds from the top UK bookmakers.
Check out the best bookmaker offers
Click the Free Bets icon in the top right of your screen to compare the sign-up offers from the leading UK bookmakers.
Sign up and deposit
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Previous Winners Of The Queen Mother Champion Chase

Year Winner Winning Jockey Winning Trainer Starting Price AGE
2023 Energumene Paul Townend Willie Mullins 6/5 Fav 9
2022 Energumene Paul Townend Willie Mullins 5/2 8
2021 Put The Kettle On Aidan Coleman Henry de Bromhead 17/2 7
2020 Politologue Harry Skelton Paul Nicholls 6/1 9
2019 Altior Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 4/11 Fav 9
2018 Altior Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson Evs Fav 8
2017 Special Tiara Noel Fehily  Henry de Bromhead 11/1 10
2016 Sprinter Sacre Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 5/1 10
2015 Dodging Bullets Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls 9/2 7
2014 Sire De Grugy Jamie Moore Gary Moore 11/4 Fav 8
2013 Sprinter Sacre Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson 1/4 Fav 7

Frequently Asked Questions About The Queen Mother Champion Chase

When is the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

The race takes place at 15:30 on Wednesday 15th March 2023.

Where can I watch the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

You can watch the race live on ITV1 and Racing TV which also offer options to stream the race via their streaming services. 

Alternatively, you will find that most betting sites offer a free live horse racing stream allowing you to watch the race after you've placed a bet or if you have a funded betting account with some bookmakers.

Who is the most iconic winner of Champion Chase?

Several legendary chasers could stake a strong claim to this title, though few Champion Chase winners pulled at the heartstrings quite like the Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre. Having finished third in the 2011 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Sprinter Sacre quickly made the most of the switch to chasing, and finished his novice season with a perfect record of five wins out of five, taking apart the field in the 2012 Arkle Trophy. Sprinter Sacre quickly took control of the two-mile chase division, and his 19-length victory in the 2013 Queen Mother Champion Chase led to many declaring him to be the best horse since the great Arkle. However, the bubble would burst the following season, when Sprinter Sacre was pulled-up due to injury in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton, and subsequently diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

Many assumed that Sprinter Sacre’s best days were behind him, and he struggled to return to his brilliant best when eventually returning from injury in January 2015, suffering defeat on all three of his starts that season, including when pulled-up in the 2015 Champion Chase. However, he bounced back to winning ways on reappearance the following season, striking in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham, before following up in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton a month later. The presence of the previous year’s Arkle winner, Un De Sceaux, in the 2016 Champion Chase meant that Sprinter Sacre was widely expected to be playing for a place at best, but he found plenty of his old spark to take control of the race from two fences out, before holding on in the run in - to ensure that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. 

Are there any trials for the Champion Chase?

There are several recognised Champion Chase trials throughout the jumps season, with the most important being the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December, the Clarence House Chase (January) and the Ascot Chase (February), which are both held at Ascot. Other races to keep an eye on include the Haldon Gold Cup (Exeter), the Shloer Chase (Cheltenham), the Desert Orchid Chase (Kempton) and the Game Spirit Chase (Newbury). Over in Ireland, Champion Chase contenders regularly come from the Fortria Chase at Navan, the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase at Punchestown, the Hilly Way Chase at Cork and the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown. 

Who is the most successful jockey in the Champion Chase?

The joint-most successful jockeys in the history of the Champion Chase are Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty, with five wins apiece. Taaffe’s five Champion Chase wins came on board Fortria (1960 & 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966), and Straight Fort (1970), while Geraghty’s five wins in the Champion Chase came courtesy of Moscow Flyer (2003 & 2005), Big Zeb (2010), Finian’s Rainbow (2012), and Sprinter Sacre (2013).   

Who is the most successful trainer in the Champion Chase?

Paul Nicholls has the finest record in the race in recent times, as he has saddled the winner six times during his illustrious career. Call Equiname (1999) was his first winner in the Grade 1, while Master Minded (2008,2009) and Politologue (2020) are just another brace of notable winners in the Cheltenham Festival contest.

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