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The BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase

A class 1 steeplechase over 2 miles.




 

The_Race

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a grade 1 Steeplechase.

The Champion chase is the most prestigious 2 mile steeplechase in the whole calendar and is run for the fastest steeplechasers over two miles and is the main event of the second day of the Cheltenham festival.

First Run in 1959 this is the race that all top class two mile chasers are aimed at all season.

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The_2014_Race

It is a shame that we will not see the incredible Sprinter Sacre run in this race this season. The race however is more competitive now that he is not running.
Previous winner and last year's runner-up Sizing Europe comes year to take his chance again. Not a great record for 12-year-olds in this race but I would guess if any horse can do it then he can.
Sire De Grugy looks to be favourite for the race with his sparkling recent form in the Tingle Creek and the Clarence House chase. A worthy favourite on the up and looks every bit to mile champion chaser.
His main opponent today could come in the form of the very smart Captain Conan who was very consistent last season but was beaten by Sire De Grugy on his only outing this season. Realistically he has to show some improvement and certainly an improvement on that run that day to win here but his connections must surely think he will.
Others in the race make it interesting with the smart Hinterland who is another on the upgrade along with an Irish contender Bailey Green who looks the same sort of horse and would need the same sort of improvement.
The very smart Arvika Ligenniere also comes across from the Willie Mullins yard and looks extremely good in his own country but has been a little disappointing in his two runs at the Festival so far.
An interesting race and an intriguing one now that Sprinter Sacre is not running.


Race Conditions: For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 5th. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including March 5th would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final Weights 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb



List_of_runners


NO. FORM HORSE AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY RATING
1 1-1131 Arvika Ligeonniere 9 11-10 W P Mullins R.Walsh 166
A top class consistent bay gelding with plenty of speed, this horse from the Willie Mullins yard looks the right type this race.
A multiple grade one winner in Ireland he has only seen outside his native country at the Cheltenham Festival. In 2010 he was fourth in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle and was then not seen until last year's festival when he was pulled up in the Arkle which was subsequently won by the odds on favourite Simonsig.
He can act at distances from around 2 miles to 2 1/2 miles and on good ground, which he will get today, he seems better at the longer distance as most of his 2 mile form has been on heavy or soft ground.
Three wins from four runs this season and comes here in good form.

9 wins from 16 starts (7 wins from 10 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

2 4-2528 Baily Green 8 11-10 M F Morris D.J.Casey 154
Another Irish raider this time from the Mouse Morris training stable, a bay gelding that really enjoyed his novice season with perhaps his best run when he was second in the Arkle last season.
He has not been at his best this year and has not had the same sort of results taking on horses of higher calibre.
He will be primed for his run today, however he is without a win in his last nine runs and this race usually falls to a more consistent winner.
A sharp move in the market should not be ignored but there are others with better cases here today.

8 wins from 30 starts (6 wins from 21 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

3 1151-3 Captain Conan 7 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 161
A very smart horse from the Nicky Henderson yard, and one who has been held in high regard for some time.
He has form at distances between 2 miles and 2 1/2 miles and seems to act on most going.
He ran a great race over this distance when a novice beating today's favourite Sire De Grugy by two lengths on soft ground but that was back in November 2012. He was beaten however by the same horse in December last year at Sandown in the Tingle Creek Chase
A good consistent sort with a single run this season was in that Tingle Creek race.
This horse looks to have all the credentials to win this race today.

6 wins from 13 starts (4 wins from six chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.


4 222-11 Hinterland 6 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily 154
Another young strong contender this time from the Paul Nicholls yard.
This horse is consistent and rarely runs a bad race. Last season he was second to one of his rivals today Captain Conan a grade 1 chase at Sandown on soft ground. He has not done very much wrong since then and could easily make the frame.

5 wins from 13 starts (2 wins from 5 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong.


5 527-17 Kid Cassidy 8 11-10 Nicky Henderson A.P.McCoy 160
A nice young progressive horse who acts on good ground.
He faced today's favourite back in November at this course over this distance and beat him by 3 1/4 lengths. Sire De Grugy did not run his race that day, however this horse was comfortably ahead of him and the rest of the field. He can run a bit in and out and that win was the only win in his last eight runs. His last run at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting was incredibly disappointing when he finished seventh of seven runners after making a bad mistake at the last.
I'm sure she will run much better than that today and will be primed for this competition and it would not be a surprise to see him make the frame but there are others with better chances.

6 wins from 17 starts (3 wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong.


6 14-241 Module 7 11-10 Tom George Paddy Brennan 166
A nice progressive 7-year-old horse who comes here after a nice Grade 2 win at Newbury.
Steps up in class and is perhaps entitled to do so. His running and rating suggests that is not good enough to live with some of these good chasers and will have to improve on what he has shown so far. A liking for heavy ground, when all evidence of yesterday's racing shows that the ground is drying is perhaps a little worrying.

5 wins from 11 starts (3 wins from 7 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 3 furlongs.


7 12111 Sire De Grugy 8 11-10 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 169
A really good progressive eight-year-old horse comes here in the form of his life.
He has never won at Cheltenham, however he has put up 2 good runs here . The first when second to Captain Conan in the 2012 Arkle and also second to Kid Cassidy here back in November last year.
Since that day he has improved again winning the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, the Desert Orchid chase (Grade 2) and the Clarence House chase a Grade 1 at Ascot.
Favourite for the race and looks every part the winner. Should have a good chance.

12 wins from 23 starts (8 wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 2 furlongs.


8 22-124 Sizing Europe 12 11-10 Henry De Bromhead A E Lynch 166
Now 12 years old this horse has some impressive form and runs extremely well at this course.
In 2007 he won the Grade 3 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle he returned in 2010 to win the Arkle. He then returned exactly one year later having not raced inbetween to win this race by five lengths over the rest of his field. He came back last year and was a good second to the wonder horse Sprinter Sacre.
Cheltenham form is a great boost to any race however only one 12-year-old has won this race and that was back in 1977. This race usually goes to younger horses on the up rather than horses on the wane however good they are, and for that reason although he should be respected he cannot be fancied to win. He may however have good place claims.

20 wins from 40 starts (15 chase wins from 26 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.


9 4U-12U Somersby 10 11-10 Mick Channon Dominic Elsworth 164
A really nice 10-year-old bay gelding who unfortunately does not seem to like this course. Acts much better on a right-handed flat courses than this an underlating left-handed race course.
Although he is not a prolific winner he does often run well in high class races.
He is difficult to fancy in this classy race here today but there would not be a more popular winner.

7 wins from 28 starts (5 wins from 22 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.


10 13-U34 Special Tiara 7 11-10 Henry De Bromhead Davy Russell 166
A good novice last season, this young seven-year-old is finding it more difficult in top class races this season he is without a win this season and has not shown the sparkle that he has shown before. Run here back in November over this distance and finished third behind two of his rivals today, Kid Cassidy and Sire De Grugy. There is nothing to suggest that he should overturn that form today.

3 wins from 11 starts (2 wins from 8 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong.


11 3-6621 Wishfull Thinking 11 11-10 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 162
A really nice chaser who at 11 years old tries to go two better than he did when third in last season's race. Has also fallen in this race the year before but that was uncharacteristic has that was his only career fall.
Three times winner at Cheltenham, although not at the Festival. Should now be on the wane but ran a very good race last time out on this course over 2 miles and five furlongs where he stayed on strongly. Perhaps that suggests that he would be better over further these days but his good course form could see him running into of the frame at a big price.

10 wins from 30 starts (seven chase wins from 24 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and five furlongs.







The_Full_Result


Place NO. FORM HORSE AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 7 12111 Sire De Grugy 8 11-10 Gary Moore Jamie Moore
2 9 4U-12U Somersby 10 11-10 Mick Channon Dominic Elsworth
3 6 14-241 Module 7 11-10 Tom George Paddy Brennan
4 8 22-124 Sizing Europe 12 11-10 Henry De Bromhead A.E.Lynch
5 11 3-6621 Wishfull Thinking 11 11-10 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
6 10 13-U34 Special Tiara 7 11-10 Henry De Bromhead Davy Russell
7 5 527-17 Kid Cassidy 8 11-10 Nicky Henderson A.P.McCoy
F 2 4-2528 Baily Green 8 11-10 M F Morris D J Casey
P/U 1 1-1131 Arvika Ligeonniere 9 11-10 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh
P/U 3 1151-3 Captain Conan 7 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
U/R 4 222-11 Hinterland 6 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily












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