15:30 Cheltenham

Wednesday 15 March 2017

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)

Class 1  |   1m 7f 199y  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   10 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 15:30  |   Winning time: 3m 55.3s
Weighed In
1st
8
11/1
T: H De BromheadJ: N D Fehily
Jumped well, led after 1st, clear 5th until given breather on downhill run to 3 out, stayed on gamely flat, just held on
2nd
hd
2
7/1
T: C L TizzardJ: Aidan Coleman
Tracked leaders, pecked 6th, outpaced after 3 out, rallied approaching last, went 2nd flat, stayed on well, just failed op 6/1
3rd
6
6
33/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: P J Brennan
Held up in rear, headway 4 out, 2nd 2 out until after last, stayed on same pace final 100 yards just held onto 3rd op 25/1
4th
hd
9
20/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: D N Russell
Mid-division, in touch 4 out, outpaced next, stayed on flat, finished well and just failed to get 3rd op 25/1
5th
1
4
911-10
6/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: Adrian Heskin
Held up in mid-division on outside, headway 8th, mistake and lost place 4 out, rallied to chase winner 3 out, bad error 2 out, lost 2nd last, one pace and no impression flat op 7/1 tchd 8/1
6th
nk
10
50/1
T: G L MooreJ: Joshua Moore
Held up towards rear on inside, outpaced 3 out, stayed on flat, unable to get competitive op 33/1
7th
4
1
711-10
2/9f
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Led until after 1st, tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, hit 3 out, lost 2nd and soon beaten, well held 2 out tchd 1/4 and 2/7 in places
8th
17
3
14/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Prominent, lost 2nd when not fluent 6th, mistake 4 out, soon weakened op 16/1
9th
13
5
1011-10
33/1
T: N G RichardsJ: B P Harding
Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, in touch 4 out, weakened after next

Also Ran

PU
7
50/1
T: C L TizzardJ: T J O'Brien
In rear, behind 8th, pulled up before 4 out

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Betting

Forecast

Douvan (2/9), God's Own (6/1), Fox Norton (7/1), Special Tiara (11/1), Garde La Victoire (14/1), Top Gamble (20/1), Sir Valentino (33/1), Simply Ned (33/1), Traffic Fluide (50/1), Sizing Granite (50/1)

Verdict

DOUVAN will more than likely be one of the shortest priced favourites of the week and a Festival banker for many. His unbeaten record over fences is once again on the line but he’s already shown he can handle all that Cheltenham entails and, bar a fall, it would be hard to see him not adding to his already impressive chasing record. The likely race for the placings should provide a good test though and both God’s Own and Fox Norton would have claims in that contest. Marginal preference would be for the former who often comes to life at this time of year although both should be suited by the likely strong pace that should come from the habitual front-runner Special Tiara. He once again bids for a place in this event and, given his previous form with some of these and in this race, that is probably the limit of his ambitions this time around. Garde La Victoire would also have a say in the argument for the places but his jumping will be under pressure more than usual here and we saw what happened in that scenario in the JLT last year.
  1. Douvan
  2. God's Own
  3. Fox Norton

Prize Money

1st: £208,300.002nd: £78,163.003rd: £39,136.004th: £19,495.005th: £9,802.006th: £4,901.00

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