BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 11 runners)
  • Winner £199,325 2nd £74,795 3rd £37,450 4th £18,655 5th £9,380 6th £4,690
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; Cross Country: Good to Soft, Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 48.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:17
Full result
Result 15:20 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 Sire De Grugy 11/4f
2nd 9 Somersby 6 14/1
3rd 6 Module nk 20/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 P1-1131
Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 38
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: P1-1131
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 166
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 166 8/1
2 P4-2528
Emerald Green, Orange star, Emerald Green sleeves, Orange stars and cap Baily Green (IRE) 31
  • T:M F Morris
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: P4-2528
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 M F Morris D J Casey 154 14/1
3 11151-3
Pink, Royal Blue cap Captain Conan (FR) 95
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 11151-3
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 161
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 161 7/2
4 2222-11
Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Hinterland (FR) 95
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 2222-11
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 P F Nicholls N Fehily 154 11/1
5 4527-17
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Kid Cassidy (IRE) 75
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 4527-17
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 160
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 N J Henderson A P McCoy 160 10/1
6 114-241
Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap Module (FR) 32
  • T:T R George
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 114-241
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 T R George P J Brennan 157 20/1
7 1-12111
Red, royal blue stripe, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Sire De Grugy (FR) 53
  • T:G L Moore
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 1-12111
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 169
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 G L Moore J E Moore 169 11/4f
8 122-124
Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 75
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 122-124
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 11-10p1
  • OR: 168
  • Naps:
12 164 11-10 p1 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 168 11/1
9 34U-12U
Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 53
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 34U-12U
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10p
  • OR: 164
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 p M R Channon D Elsworth 164 14/1
10 513-U34
Royal Blue, White stars, Red and White striped sleeves, White cap, Royal Blue stars Special Tiara 38
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 513-U34
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 H De Bromhead D N Russell 155 16/1
11 33-6621
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 46
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 33-6621
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-10t
  • OR: 162
  • Naps:
11 164 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 18/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Sprinter Sacre (FR)
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
7 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 1/4
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In depth

Verdict

Sire De Grugy has outstanding credentials having won the Tingle Creek, the Desert Orchid and the Clarence House Chase since narrowly failing to give Kid Cassidy 11lb here in November. He should reverse that form here and again beat third Special Tiara but there is a nagging doubt that he doesn't really like Cheltenham's undulations and he's been easy to back. CAPTAIN CONAN was more than seven lengths behind Sire De Grugy at Sandown in December but was making his seasonal reappearance that day and ran well until lack of condition told. A better guide may be the novice chase he won here early last season when he stayed on too strongly for Gary Moore's stable star and he gets the vote to come out best today. Arvika Ligeonniere has smart form in Ireland but was a leading fancy for last year's Arkle Trophy and weakened quickly on the final circuit before being pulled up. Baily Green finished second in that race and has each-way claims if back to his best but former winner Sizing Europe doesn't look the force of old and they may go too quickly for Wishfull Thinking. The others have plenty to prove on this season's form if they are to figure.

Formwatch

Sire De Grugy (FR) 5-4fav (11-7) Sometimes jumped left, held up in rear but in touch, steady headway to 4th approaching 8th, joined leaders on bit 3 out, led well before 2 out, went left 2 out, soon drew clear, went left again last, very easily, won at Ascot 2m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan beating Hidden Cyclone (11-7) by 11l, 7 ran.

Somersby (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Held up in last pair in touch, screwed slithered on landing and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.

Module (FR) 11-8fav (11-2) Led, ridden and narrowly headed last, rallied gamely under pressure to lead again final 100 yards, won at Newbury 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Dodging Bullets (11-5) by nk, 4 ran.

Sizing Europe (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Led, soon clear, a little slow 6 out and reduced lead, slight mistake and reminder next, headed before straight, no extra in 4th at last, 4th of 7, 17l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Dec.

Wishfull Thinking 9-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway on outside 14th, went 2nd and challenged 2 out, led narrowly last, soon ridden, stayed on well towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan beating Double Ross (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.

Special Tiara 10-1 (11-12) Led, headed 3 out, ridden next, no extra in 3rd before last, 4th last, kept on one pace run-in and just held for 3rd at line, last of 4, 29l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.

Kid Cassidy (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, soon no extra, bad mistake last, last of 7, well behind Benefficient (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Dec.

Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 2-7fav (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led 3 out, clear entering straight, easily, won at Punchestown 2m chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Toner D'Oudairies (11-7) by 14l, 4 ran.

Captain Conan (FR) 7-4fav (11-7) Tracked leader until 8th, went 2nd again before 3 out, upsides 3 out, led soon after, ridden and headed before last, no chance with winner, no extra and lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Sandown 2m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.

Baily Green (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, jumped right 1st, 2nd halfway, 3rd 2 out, ridden early straight and no extra approaching last, 8th of 15, 15l behind Never Enough Time (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.

Hinterland (FR) 13-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd steady headway 9th, tracking leading pair when hit 3 out, 2nd soon after 2 out, led between last 2, hung left under strong pressure flat, always holding on, won at Sandown 2m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec beating Grandouet (11-2) by nk, 6 ran.