Day 2: Wednesday 11th March 2020 – 3.30pm – Queen Mother Champion Chase – Grade 1 – 2m
The feature race of the day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This is a race that is run over two miles and that is open to horses that are aged five or older. In 2019 it was Nicky Henderson-trained Altior who landed glory for the second time in a row.
2019 Champion Chase Result
|1st||Altior 4/11||9||N De Boinville||N Henderson|
|2nd||Politologue 11/1||8||H Cobden||P Nicholls|
|3rd||Sceau Royal 16/1||7||D Jacob||A King|
Queen Mother Champion Chase History
Without any doubts, The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the most anticipated race of the second day of the Cheltenham Festival and one of the highlights of the week. Initially, this race was called the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase. In 1980, however, the name was changed to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Queen Mother.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is run over a distance of 2 miles, and there are 12 fences that horses have to negotiate. It has a prize pot of around £320,000, and it is the most important minimum distance chase in the National Hunt racing season.
In terms of successes, it is Tom Dreaper the leading trainer. Between the 60s and 70s he has won six renewals of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Current trainer Paul Nicholls is following with 4 wins. The latter won both in 2008 and 2009 with Master Minded.