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. Willie Mullins' Energumene was the impressive winner of the 2022 Champion Chase at odds of 5/2 and will defend his crown this year. Don't miss our Champion Chase race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2023 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.
We'll take a closer look at this year's Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase in the next few days and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Champion Chase 2023?EDWARDSTONE is the #1 favorite in the betting. The Alan King-trained nine-year-old gelding won the Arkle Challenge Trophy at last year’s festival and has already won a Grade 1 this season in the Tingle Creek Chase. He has looked almost flawless over fences but unseated his rider at Kempton over Christmas
ENERGUMENE is the 2nd favorite at the moment and will be hoping to defend his crown in a competitive-looking Champion Chase. Having only tasted defeat once in his career, he followed up his victory in this last year with another Grade 1 Champion Chase win at Punchestown the following month, and has returned this season with a facile victory in the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork. In his most recent outing the nine-year-old gelding was third when running at Cheltenham Festival Trials Day - beaten by Edwardstone and Editeur Du Gite. He has raced outside of his native Ireland three times and twice it has ended in defeat.
EDITEUR DU GITE surprisingly beat both Energumene and Edwardstone in the Clarence House Chase on Cheltenham trials day in January. The Gary Moore-trained horse has a form at Cheltenham that reads 11431. He won by 13 lengths in December at Kempton ahead of Nube Negra in the Desert Orchid Chase and cemented his claims for a shot at this with a facile victory.
GENTLEMAN DE MEE returned to form after three races without a win by winning over the 2 mile 1 furlong trip in Leopardstown on early February. Prior to that he finished 6th out of 7 horses and 41 lengths behind winner Blue Lord.
BLUE LORD ran third behind Edwardstone in last year’s Arkle and won three consecutive races this season, including the Paddy's Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown over the Christmas period when he beat Gentleman De Mee by over 40 lenghts and an impressive 11 lengths ahead of second-placed Captain Guinness. He was last seen when ended runner up to Gentleman De Mee last month.
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FUNAMBULE SIVOLA chased home Energumene for the silver medal 12 months ago and returned to form by winning the Game Spirit last month.
Dan Skelton's NUBE NEGRA finished second in the race behind Put The Kettle On in 2021 and will return for another crack at the race having missed out last year's edition. This season he won the Grade 2 Cheltenham Chase over the course and distance last November but ultimately found Editeur Du Gite too strong in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton.
GREANETEEN won on his seasonal reappearance at Exeter in the Haldon Gold Cup, but was no match to Edwardstone in the Tingle Creek and hugely disappointed in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
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CHAMPION CHASE TRENDS
- 10 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting (4 were favourites)
- 7 of the last 12 Arkle Chase winners from the previous season to have run have won
- 9 of the last 15 winners won their prep race
- All of the previous 16 winners were a Grade One winner
- 17 of the 22 winners this century had run at the Festival before (13 had won)
- 15 of the last 16 winners have been rated 157 or more
- 15 of the last 16 winners had four or fewer runs that season
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2023 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 15, 2023 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 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £400,000.
Who won the Champion Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Energumene at SP of 5/2, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend.
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 won three of the last seven editions.
Who is the leading trainer in the Champion Chase?
Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls have each trained six Champion Chase winners. Henry De Bromhead has saddled three winners in the last 12 renewals, including two in the last six years.