15:30 Cheltenham Wed 13 March 2019

  • Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)
  • 1m 7f 199y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£225,080.002nd£84,800.003rd£42,440.004th£21,200.005th£10,640.006th£5,320.007th£2,640.008th£1,360.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:3m 58.54sOff time:15:31:02
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1
911-10OR: 175CD
4/11

Bang up there with the very best 2m chasers of all time; a quite staggering 12-12 over fences; already a three-time Cheltenham Festival winner (2016 Supreme Novices', 2017 Arkle, 2018 Champion Chase); rates as nigh impossible to oppose.

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2
811-10OR: 156D
25/1

Lightly-raced chaser who posted a best career effort when winning the 2m Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase by 16L at Cork (soft) in December; twice held in Grade 1 company since, including when let down by his jumping at Leopardstown (fell early).

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3
1111-10OR: 159D
16/1

A flag-bearer for Tom George, his record in this race reads 4,5,3 (competed in both Sprinter Sacre & Altior eras); solid as usual so far this season winning the Haldon Gold Cup (Exeter) and finishing second to Charbel in the 2m4f Peterborough Chase.

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4
811-10OR: 155
25/1

Yet to win over the minimum trip and hasn't raced over 2m since December 2017; evidently has had issues but was suited by front-running tactics when plundering a 2m3f Class 2 handicap at Ascot in December; faces a stiff task at these weights.

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5
Min39
811-10OR: 167D
7/2

Has twice finished runner-up to Altior at the Cheltenham Festival, including when beaten 7L in this race in 2018; a Grade 1 winner on both starts so far this season, most latterly over 2m1f at Leopardstown (good); the forecast option.

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6
911-10OR: 154D
33/1

Sole success over fences (1-14) came in a 2m Beginners' Chase at Fairyhouse in October 2016; fifth of nine to Altior in this race in 2018 (beaten 35L) he's shown definite improvement of late, albeit looks safely held by all of the main protagonists.

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7
811-10OR: 166D
11/1

On the up and considered as a realistic contender in this race 12-months ago, but could only finish a distant fourth to Altior (beaten 23L); beat Min by a neck in the 2m4f Melling Chase at Aintree a few weeks later and that's more his ideal trip.

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8
611-10OR: 156D
25/1

Regarded as the new kid on the block in this division following an impressive Grade 3 win at Naas in November. However, is yet to deliver at the top table and it'll be a surprise if he reverses form with Altior & Min; cheekpieces on.

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9
711-10OR: 159BFCD
16/1

A five-time winner over fences, the highlight of which came when beating Simply Ned by just over 2L in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase (good); well beaten by Altior and Saint Calvados in the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December (on soft).

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Altior811-101/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville

Betting

Forecast

Altior (4/11), Min (7/2), Politologue (11/1), Sceau Royal (16/1), God's Own (16/1), Hell's Kitchen (25/1), Castlegrace Paddy (25/1), Saint Calvados (25/1), Ordinary World (33/1)

Verdict

ALTIOR is quite simply one of the best two-mile chasers of all time. He doesn’t just defend his Champion Chase crown (the last dual winner of this race was Master Minded) but his unbeaten record over fences (12-12) and also his unblemished course form figures of 4 from 4. Only the bravest of the brave will be prepared to take him on at very short-odds, with the 2018 runner-up Min and Politologue thought likeliest of the remainder to be scrapping for the minor honours.
  1. Altior
  2. Min
  3. Politologue

Video Replay

Most Followed

Pentland Hills

F: 1

T: N J Henderson

Annie Mc

F: 232415

T: Jonjo O'Neill

Espoir D'Allen

F: 114-111

T: G P Cromwell

Beware The Bear

F: P4P-411

T: N J Henderson

Red Epaulette

F: -

T: M O'Callaghan

Most Followed

Pentland Hills

F: 1

T: N J Henderson

Annie Mc

F: 232415

T: Jonjo O'Neill

Espoir D'Allen

F: 114-111

T: G P Cromwell

Beware The Bear

F: P4P-411

T: N J Henderson

Red Epaulette

F: -

T: M O'Callaghan

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