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THE QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

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A Grade 1 Class 1 Championship Hurdle over 1 Mile & Furlongs 99 Yards

 

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THE RACE

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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.

The race is open to all horses of the age 5 years and over.

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2020 Race Conditions For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including the day prior to confirmation. 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 the day prior to confirmation would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Handicapper shall be final. Weights 5yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb



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LIST OF RUNNERS

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Number Form / Type Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
*NON-RUNNER *  1111-21 • CD • GELDING Altior (IRE) 10 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Non Runner 175
2   22-521F • CD • GELDING Bun Doran (IRE) 9 11st 10lbs Tom George Jonathan Burke 160
*NON-RUNNER *    53///1-121 • GELDING Chacun Pour Soi (FR) 8 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 171
4   11-2111 • CD • GELDING Defi du Seuil (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty 170
5   12111-3 • D • GELDING Dynamite Dollars (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 160
6   4422-25 • D • GELDING Politologue (FR) T 9 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Skelton 165
7   232-632 • CD • GELDING Sceau Royal (FR) 8 11st 10lbs Alan King Daryl Jacob 163



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THE 2020 RACE

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*** NON-Runner ***Altior is a top-class horse who's only defeat can two runs ago when he was tried over a longer distance. Top class, consistent and a brilliant chaser. Will take all the beating here and difficult to oppose today.

Defi Du Seuil is another top class chaser. A winner of the JLT at last seasons festival he looks to have all the tribute to becoming the champion over this distance if it was not for Altior. Three years junior to Altior and still improving. Loves the track and full of class.

*NON-RUNNER *  Chacun Pour Soi is french bred but is Irlands best hops in the race. He has done little wrong so far since moving to the Willie Mullins yard and last May he beat Defi Du Seuil. A multiple Grade 1 hurdle winner who has lots of class.

Politologue is a great horse. Always runs a good race and is tough and genuine. 4th in 2018 and second last year. Lots of good horses in this today and would be a popular "Grey Winner".

Dynamite Dollar is a good horse but he just maybe a bit below this class.

Sceau Royal is another fine racehorse but is another just below this class.

Bun Doran Stepping up in class and has it all to do.

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THE FULL RESULT

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Finishing Position Form / Type Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1 4422-25 • D • GELDING Politologue (FR) T 9 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Skelton 165
2 12111-3 • D • GELDING Dynamite Dollars (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 160
3 22-521F • CD • GELDING Bun Doran (IRE) 9 11st 10lbs Tom George Jonathan Burke 160
4   11-2111 • CD • GELDING Defi du Seuil (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty 170
5 232-632 • CD • GELDING Sceau Royal (FR) 8 11st 10lbs Alan King Daryl Jacob 163
*NON-RUNNER *  1111-21 • CD • GELDING Altior (IRE) 10 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Non Runner 175
*NON-RUNNER *    53///1-121 • GELDING Chacun Pour Soi (FR) 8 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 171

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STEWARDS REPORT

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Permission was given for POLITOLOGUE (FR) to wear a hood to the start; DEFI DU SEUIL (FR) wore earplugs which were removed at the start.

An enquiry was held into the performance of DEFI DU SEUIL (FR), which started favourite and finished fourth, beaten by 13¼ lengths. Philip Hobbs and Barry Geraghty were interviewed. Hobbs could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance other than Geraghty reporting that DEFI DU SEUIL (FR) was never travelling. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding, during routine testing shortly after the race, failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of DYNAMITE DOLLARS (FR), placed second, during routine testing shortly after the race, revealed the gelding lost its right-fore shoe.
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