The feature race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a Grade 1 steeplechase run over 2 miles on the main racecourse at Prestbury Park. Horses competing in the race are five-years-old and above, and are required to jump twelve fences during the race. As we predicted, Henry de Bromhead's Put The Kettle On was a shock winner of the 2021 Champion Chase at odds of 17/2. Don't miss our Champion Chase race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
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QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE BETTING PREVIEW
The highlight on day two of the Cheltenham Festival meeting is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. It's a Grade 1 chase covering two miles, for horses aged five years and upwards. With 12 fences to be jumped, this contest is a great test of speed and jumping ability. It is the most prestigious minimum distance chase in national hunt racing and involves a prize purse of £400,000. Traditionally the race has fewer entrants than the other grade one Cheltenham events.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Champion Chase 2022?Nicky Henderson's SHISHKIN is the red hot favourite following a victory over Energumene in the Clarence House at Ascot. The son of Sholokov has only tasted defeat under rules once when falling at the second flight on his hurdling debut. Since then the 8-year-old has recorded 10 straight victories, including the Supreme Novices' on 2020 and the Arkle Chase last year.
ENERGUMENE was ruled him out of the Cheltenham Festival last year due to an injury. He reappeared with a 16-length victory at the Punchestown Festival last year and another impressive victory in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork this season. He has lost his unbeaten record over timber in the Clarence House Chase few weeks ago.
CHACUN POUR SOI finished last of five in the Tingle Creek at Sandown on his reappearance but returned in the frame for victory here after a fantastic triumph in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase at Leopardstown few weeks ago.
ENVOI ALLEN is a two-time Cheltenham Festival winner having landed the Champion Bumper in 2019 and the Ballymore Novices' Chase in 2020. He was a faller in the Marsh Novices' Chase last year and unfortunately hasn’t looked the same horse since despite winning twice since.
Dark horses?POLITOLOGUE won a weak renewal of this race in 2020 but could only finish 2nd in the Shloer Chase on his reappearance, beaten six lengths by Nube Negra.
NUBE NEGRA put up a career best last season to grab the runner-up spot in this race. He clearly loves the undulations of Prestbury Park as shown when beating Politologue by six lengths in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham. Anyway, he enters this race fresh off a below-par effort in the Tingle Creek Chase last time.
PUT THE KETTLE ON is the reigning champion but she has been beaten a total of 73 lengths on her three starts since. She was very disappointing in his two runs this season, including at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day
FUNAMBULE SIVOLA is an in-form chaser for Venetia Williams having landed in a handicap at Doncaster and the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. He was beaten just over three lengths behind Shishkin in the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
CHAMPION CHASE TRENDS
- 9 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting (4 were favourites)
- 7 of the last 11 Arkle Chase winners from the previous season to have run have won
- 17 of the 21 winners this century had run at the Festival before (13 had won)
- The previous 13 winners had all already won a Grade 1
- 7 of the last 12 winners won on their previous run before the Queen Mother Champion Chase
- 6 of the last 12 winners ran in the Clarence House Chase (Ascot) on their last run, 4 of the 6 won, 1 placed
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2022 CHAMPION CHASE FAQs
What time is the Champion Chase?
The Champion Chase is the feature race run on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Wednesday March 16, 2022 and the official starting time is 3:30pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Champion Chase?
There are 12 obstacles to jump for the Champion Chase runners
What is the distance of the Champion Chase?
The Champion Chase is run on a distance of 1 mile seven furlongs and 199 yards
What is the prize money for the Champion Chase?
The total prize money on offer for the Champion Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £400,000.
Who won the Champion Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Put The Kettle On at SP of 17/2, trained by Henry De Bromhead and ridden by Aidan Coleman.
What weights are carried for the Champion Chase?
11st 10lb with a 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.
Who is the leading 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. Anyway, keep your eyes on Nico de Boinville - he has never had a losing ride in the race and has won three of the last six editions.
Who is the leading trainer in the Champion Chase?
Nicky Henderson has won five out of the last ten renewals while Paul Nicholls has won the race six times overall, most recently in 2020 (he also trained the runner-up). Henry De Bromhead has saddled three winners from 13 runners in the last 11 renewals, including two in the last five years.