15:30 Cheltenham

Wednesday 13 March 2019

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

    Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 7f 199y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:31  |   Winning time: 3m 58.54s
1st
Horse silk
1
911-10
4/11f
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Jumped left at few times, tracked leader, mistake 7th (water), led after 3 out, ridden after 2 out, headed last, edged left into rival and led again flat, stayed on well and asserting towards finish op 2/5 and 4/9 in a place
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¾
7
11/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Chased leaders, effort from 3 out, driven and stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner op 14/1 tchd 10/1
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¾
9
16/1
T: A KingJ: D A Jacob
Chased leaders, effort after 3 out, challenged 2 out, led last, ridden, leant on by winner and headed flat, 3rd and held towards finish op 14/1
4th
Horse silk
6
4
25/1
T: H FryJ: B J Geraghty
Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway to chase leaders 3 out, soon not clear run and lost place, effort on outside after 2 out, went 4th when hit last, hung left flat and kept on, no impression on leaders
5th
Horse silk
1 ¾
5
811-10
7/2
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Keen early stages, chased leaders, short of room and lost place after 3 out, switched left before last, never able to get back involved
6th
Horse silk
8
2
25/1
T: P A FahyJ: D N Russell
Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 3 out, disputing 4th 2 out, switched right and unable to go with leaders, weakened flat op 20/1
7th
Horse silk
5
8
25/1
T: H WhittingtonJ: G Sheehan
Jumped right at times, led, headed after 3 out, weakened approaching last
8th
Horse silk
10
6
33/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
In rear, behind and struggling 7th, never involved after

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
3
1111-10
16/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: P J Brennan
Held up towards rear, slow 5th, headway on outside after 4 out, disputing 4th 2 out, jockey soon looking down and pulled up before last op 20/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£1.40Pl:£1.10, £2.20, £3.20EX:£6.30Trifecta:£50.70Tricast:£45.22SF:£7.20Swingers:£2.20, £3.90, £10.70

Forecasts

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

Previous Winners

2018
Altior
Weight: 11-10  |Age: 8
1/1

Prize Money

1st: £225,080.002nd: £84,800.003rd: £42,440.004th: £21,200.005th: £10,640.006th: £5,320.007th: £2,640.008th: £1,360.00

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