Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips

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Put The Kettle On ridden by Aidan Coleman on their way to winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

This racing preview focuses on Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips, coming up on Ladies’ Day at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

Our racing experts look over the big players who could be competing for one of the Festival’s top prizes.

Queen Mother Champion Chase tips include both the frontrunners and those with some each-way dark horse potential in this significant Grade 1 feature race.

We have not reached the stage of the complete list of runners being released for the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2023, but a look at the ante-post is still on the table.

Who will follow in the footsteps of last year’s Queen Mother winner, Put The Kettle On?

(Tips to follow)


Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

There is always a cracking field to look through for the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase odds.

It is such a great race, but our tipsters are not just going to solely focus on the contenders at the head of the market.

We will also browse through some overlooked outsiders because, occasionally, a longer-priced winner comes through.

The most recent of those was Special Tiara in 2017 when the 10-year-old came through for trainer Henry de Bromhead from an 11/1 SP.

Considering that four of the last nine winners have been strong favourites in the Queen Mother Champion Chase betting odds, that was a notable underdog success.

Closer to the time of the Cheltenham Festival 2023, our complete Queen Mother racing tips will be released. 

A look at this year’s underdogs will be available closer to the race.


Queen Mother Champion Chase Runners – Wednesday 16th January 3:30

NUMBER SILKS HORSE TRAINER/JOCKEY
1 Chacun Pour Soi T: Willie Mullins

J: Patrick Mullins

2 Energumene T: Willie Mullins

J: Paul Townend

3 Envoi Allen T: Henry De Bromhead

J: Rachael Blackmore

4 Funambule Sivola T: Venetia Williams

J: Charlie Deutsch

5 Nube Negra T: Dan Skelton

J: Harry Skelton

6 Politologue T: Paul Nicholls

J: Harry Cobden

7 Shishkin T: Nicky Henderson

J: Nico De Boinville

8 Put The Kettle On T: Henry De Bromhead

J: Aidan Coleman

The Queen Mother Champion Chase betting market for ante-post odds can be studied right now. It gives some indicators of how the final line-up could look once the declarations are in.

Early entries help, and the current frontrunner in Queen Mother Champion Chase betting is Shishkin. However, Nicky Henderson’s brilliant chaser has long been expected to take this one.

Having won his first six starts over the fences, most of them in unbelievably dominant fashion, including last year’s Grade 1 Arkle, bigger things still are expected of Shishkin.

Energumene is another potential challenger for the Queen Mother 2023 as he has gone from strength to strength over the fences. 

Among other potential entries for the Champion Chase, Nube Negra, Greaneteen, and Chacun Pour Soi have all seen plenty of early ante-post market interest.

Closer to the Festival, we will know the complete line-up for the Queen Mother Champion Chase betting. 

It will be something exceptional if Grade 1 winner Energumene goes head-to-head with Shishkin once more.


How to pick a Queen Mother Champion Chase winner

Looking at the Queen Mother Champion Chase tips that our experts have recommended will be a good start for racing betting.

Our tipsters will be scouring all the top stats, trends and forms as some key ones to bear in mind.

There have been four favourites winning in the last nine editions and two in the previous four. Granted, the latter two were delivered by the brilliant Altior in 2018 and 2019.


Last 10 Queen mother Champion Chase Winner Odds

  • 2021 Put The Kettle On 17/2
  • 2020 Politologue 6/1
  • 2019 Altior 4/11F
  • 2018 Altior Even Money Fav
  • 2017 Special Tiara 11/1
  • 2016 Sprinter Sacre 5/1
  • 2015 Dodging Bullets
  • 2014 Sire De Grugy 11/4F
  • 2013 Sprinter Sacre 1/4F
  • 2012 Finians Rainbow 4/1

Interestingly, this is a race in which the last ten editions haven’t seen an age group dominate. But GB horses have won 13 of the last 20 renewals of this feature Grade 1 contest at the Cheltenham Festival. Irish contenders have landed seven in that period.

There hasn’t been a Queen Mother Champion Chase winner at more than 16/1 in the last 20 editions, and each of the previous 20 winners have been in the top six in the betting market at the off. 

The last win that each of those winners had was in a Graded race. There have only been two female entrants in the previous 20 Queen Mother renewals, but one of those did win. That was last year’s history-making, Put The Kettle On.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg for Queen Mother Championship Chase tip indicators. Our betting experts will have plenty more to study.


Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Shishkin

111-11

J:Nico De Boinville
T:Nicky Henderson
4/5
Energumene

11-112

J:Paul Townend
T:Willie Mullins
7/2
Chacun Pour Soi

13-151

J:Patrick Mullins
T:Willie Mullins
5/1
Nube Negra

12-314

J:Harry Skelton
T:Dan Skelton
11/1
Envoi Allen

F-P161

J:Rachael Blackmore
T:Henry De Bromhead
25/1
Funambule Sivola

2-2911

J:Charlie Deutsch
T:Venetia Williams
28/1
Put The Kettle On

314-35

J:Aidan Coleman
T:Henry De Bromhead
28/1
Politologue

/124-2

J:Harry Cobden
T:Paul Nicholls
40/1

All About The Queen Mother Champion Chase: Past and Present

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is one of the biggest races in Great Britain, and it’s a Grade 1 chase open to horses 5-years-old and up.

Bookmaker Betway currently sponsors the race, and it is held on the turf of Cheltenham’s Old Course at the minimum-chase distance of 2 miles with 13 fences to be faced.

The inaugural edition of this special National Hunt race was in 1969, and it was in 1980 that it was given the title of the Queen Mother to celebrate the Royal’s 80th birthday. 

The only horse to have won the Queen Mother Champion Chase on three occasions is Badsworth Boy, who won it for three consecutive years in the mid-80s. Joint most-successful jockeys are Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty, with five each. But Nico de Boinville in the current hot ticket, with three wins in the last six renewals.

Tom Dreaper, Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson are the joint all-time leading trainers in the Queen Mother with five winners each.


How Do Horses Qualify For The Queen Mother Champion Chase?

This Grade 1 contest is open to five-year-olds and up, and both males and female horses can participate. There is a 7lb allowance for mares, while the males get 11st 10lb weight.

What is the Queen Mother Champion Chase Prize Money in 2023?

Given the status of this race, there is always a vast prize purse attached to it. We await details of what 2023’s will be. Last year’s winner Put The Kettle On took £168,810 with the other payouts being 2nd £63,600, 3rd £31,830, 4th £15,900, 5th £7,980, 6th £3,990, 7th £1,980, 8th £1,020


Queen Mother Champion Chase Past Winners

We are talking about some elite Cheltenham Festival winners, including the phenomenal hattrick-scoring Badsworth Boy back in the 1980s. The outstanding Moscow Flyer won this twice in 2003 and 2005.

Masterminded became the first 5-year-old to land the Queen Mother Champion Chase with a win in 2008, and he went back the following year to successfully defend.

Sizing Europe, Dodging Bullet and Sprinter Sacre are among other famous winners. But one of the greats will always be Nicky Henderson’s Altior, who thrilled the Festival with wins in 2018 and 2019.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Put The Kettle On 17/2 Aidan Coleman Henry de Bromhead
2020 Politologue 6/1 Harry Skelton Paul Nicholls
2019 Altior 4/11F Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2018 Altior 1/1F Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2017 Special Tiara 11/1 Noel Fehily Henry De Bromhead
2016 Sprinter Sacre 5/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2015 Dodging Bullets 9/2 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2014 Sire De Grugy 11/4F Jamie Moore Gary Moore
2013 Sprinter Sacre 1/4F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Finians Rainbow 4/1 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Sizing Europe 10/1 A E Lynch Henry De Bromhead
2010 Big Zeb 10/1 Barry Geraghty C A Murphy

Other Races on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature race of Day 2. Here are the rest of the races for Wednesday at the Festival:

13:30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

14:10 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)

15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase (Grade 1)

16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase

16:50 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)

17:30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)