The Queen Mother Champion Chase is one of the most lucrative races at the Cheltenham Festival. This race is the ultimate test for the ‘cream of the crop’ two-mile chasers and it has been dominated by the legendary Altior in each of the previous two years.
More often than not, the previous year’s Arkle Challenge Trophy is often used as a stepping stone for the Champion Chase. Here, we take a look at the standout trends, statistics and pointers ahead of the 2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Champion Chase Trends & Statistics
There are plenty of Queen Mother Champion Chase statistics and trends for punters to look at ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Here are the most important trends:
- 20 out of the last 20 winners were 16/1 or shorter in the betting.
- 20/20 had a full 30 days off before running in the Champion Chase.
- All 20 winners had ran in a field of between three and eight runners last time out.
- 19/20 had won at least one of their last three starts prior to Cheltenham.
- 19 out of 20 winners had been ridden at least three times by that jockey.
- 19/20 had ran between one and four times ahead of the Festival.
- 14 of the last 16 Arkle winners to run in the Champion Chase the following year have all placed at worst.
- 30 of the last 32 winners had won over course and distance or won over two miles and two furlongs prior to Cheltenham.
- 22 of the last 31 winners have won or placed at the Festival in the past.
Top Trainers For The Champion Chase
The late Tom Dreaper and Nicky Henderson are tied on six Champion Chase winners apiece and there will be plenty of market support for the likes of Altior at this year’s Festival.
Both men trained five winning horses, with Fortia and Altior claiming two wins in the race.
Henderson has trained five of the previous eight Queen Mother Champion Chase winners and he will be hoping for another success in 2020. Along with the Champion Hurdle, this race is high up on the Seven Barrows agenda.
Queen Mother Champion Chase: Prize Money
The total purse for the 2019 Champion Chase was £400,000, with £225,800 rewarded to winning connections.
Can Altior make it three in a row in 2020 or will age get the better of him? Only time will tell…
Trial Races To Follow Ahead Of The Champion Chase
Without a doubt, the Clarence House Chase has been one of the hottest Champion Chase trials over the past 20 years.
With seven winners going to win Wednesday’s showpiece race at the Festival, the Clarence House Chase is definitely a race to follow. Punters can find the latest horse racing results and declarations via the 888sport blog.
The Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park is another big race to consider when placing your Queen Mother Champion Chase bets.
11 of the last 15 winners of the Festival race ran in the Tingle Creek earlier that season. Defi Du Seuil backers will be extremely happy to read this statistic should he run in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham…
Meanwhile, the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown is arguably Ireland’s biggest Champion Chase trial.
A Plus Tard pipped the Willie Mullins-trained Chacun Pour Soi to glory in 2019 and both runners feature prominently in the Queen Mother Champion Chase odds ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting
With less than two months until Cheltenham, the Champion Chase betting market is starting to take shape. Here are the latest Festival odds available with 888sport:
Altior – 7/2
Defi Du Seuil – 7/2
Chacun Pour Soi – 9/2
A Plus Tard – 7/1
Cilaos Emery – 7/1
Douvan – 12/1
Min – 12/1
Cyrname – 16/1
Bar – 18/1
Cheltenham Festival 2020: Champion Chase Tips
The Dublin Racing Festival could throw a spanner in the works but the Champion Chase is looking like one of the most competitive races ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
Punters can follow the latest tips, previews and predictions from our horse racing experts ahead of the meeting. Good luck with all of your 2020 Champion Chase bets!
*Credit for the main photo belongs to Tom Hevezi / AP Photo*