The Queen Mother Champion Chase

This is a Grade 1 steeplechase race. The race is held annually as a part of the Cheltenham Festival. The race is currently referred to as the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. This was done after an agreement with Betway online betting to sponsor the race.

Race Nature

The race takes place on the Old Course in Cheltenham. It takes place on a turf surface in a left-handed racing track. Horses in the race have to cover a distance of two miles to complete the race. There are 13 fences within this distance which the horses should jump. The race can only be run by horses of the age of 5 years and above. The winner of the race takes home with them a reward of £225,880.

History

This race was first run in 1959. It was at that time known as the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Race. The jumping race was named Queen Mother Champion Chase in 1980 in honour of the Queen Mother eightieth birthday.

This Grade 1 race has had several great records set during the years. There is a record of the most successful horse in the competition which won the race in 3 consecutive years. Badsworth Boy is the name of the horse that won the race in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

The best jockeys in this competition are Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty. They have both won the race five times. The latest winner in this race is Politologue. This is after he emerged champion in the 2020 race.

The battle of the best trainer in this competition has been a tough one with three trainers having the same number of wins. Tom Dreaper, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls have six wins up their sleeves. Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls are still battling each other out. Paul Nicholls was the latest winner having won the 2020 race.