What happened in the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020?

Winner: Politologue

Paul Nicholls did not even have a runner entered on the opening day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, but trained a one-two in the feature contest on Ladies Day – the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Politlogue went a place better than 12 months ago in a race where the fancied runners didn’t take their chance due to lameness and red-hot odds-on favourite Defi Du Seuil didn’t turn up. 

Altior was found to have a problem with a splint in the days leading up to the defence of his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown after scoring in each of the two previous seasons. Irish raider Chacun Pour Soi, meanwhile, had an abscess on the day of the race forcing Willie Mullins to withdraw him.

That seemingly left the way clear for Defi Du Seuil to land odds of 2/5, but he simply didn’t run his race despite two previous Cheltenham Festival successes. Politologue instead made virtually all and jumped well under new jockey Harry Skelton to win unchallenged at 8/1 and score by 9 1/2 lengths in easy fashion from stable companion Dynamite Dollars, who was returned at 7/1.

This Queen Mother Champion Chase renewal clearly cut up and a paltry field of five went to post to contest it. Bun Doran, winner of a handicap over course and distance, was back in third at big odds of 33/1 with Defi Du Seuil a disappointing form. Looking at this form going forward, it would be wise not to take it too literally.

A decimated field and the fact that Politologue, who had failed to win at the Cheltenham Festival in four previous attempts, was given far too much rope mean it truth this race will do little to inform the future.

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THE CHAMPION CHASE INFO

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Date: Wednesday (3:30) , March 11, 2020

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Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase

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Distance: 1 Mile 7 Furlongs

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Age Of The Horse: 5 Years and Older

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2019 Past Winner: Altior

The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes place on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival each year, with the Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase being open to horses aged five years and older. Run on the Old Course at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, runners and riders battle it out over a distance of two miles and 7 furlongs, with 12 fences to be jumped. 

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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020 Tips (Upd. 11/03)

This championship race, as it so often does, has come down to what looks like a match between what are on paper the two best horses in the race, Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi.

Defi Du Seuil (2/5)

Clarence House Chase winner Defi Du Seuil has had a tendency to idle when in front but has been better of late, although he appears to want more of a stamina test which led many to believe he’d have gone for the two-and-a-half mile Ryanair Chase instead of this two-mile affair.

The softer going and the Cheltenham hill should perhaps give him the test he needs however his bare form, while obviously impressive, shouldn’t be enough to make him an 11/10 favourite for a Champion Chase in a good year and so on that basis, we’re taking him on.

Dynamite Dollars (15/2)

Three of the remaining four are very close on paper ability-wise, but in the conditions it seems likely that the Paul Nicholls trained Dynamite Dollars could be the one to trouble the big two most of all, in fact it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that if Chacun Pour Soi doesn’t see this out up the hill he could in fact edge in front at around 16/1.

On all known evidence though we will stick with what we believe is the class horse in the race, trained by the all-conquering Willie Mullins.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Tip: Dynamite Dollars

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Queen Mother Champion Chase Ante Post Preview

Preview By Frank Monkhouse

Preview By Frank Monkhouse

Former professional boxer who is now a content writer specialising in sports and betting. Has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Coral and Betfair covering all manner of sports, from boxing and football to horse racing. A student of the formbook, he loved stats, trends, numbers and how they can guide punters towards a winner.

We may still be in the early stages of the UK and Irish National Hunt horse racing season with some massive fixtures on the horizon, but bookmakers are already looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival 2020. They just can’t help themselves and punters aren’t in a rush to argue as they too allow their eyes to be drawn towards the springtime racing spectacle.

A lot can happen between now and the first race at the Prestbury Park showpiece event but that doesn’t stop backers aiming to get in early and secure a better price about their selection. The Cheltenham Festival opens on Tuesday 10 March and guides followers through four fantastic days of world-famous horse racing, before pulling the shutters down for another year on Friday 13 March.

This year’s schedule boasts all your favourite races, including the Arkle Chase, Champion Chase, RSA Chase, Ryanair Chase and Champion Hurdle. Odds compilers have gone up with their early thoughts on the winners of each of the week’s races and the earlier you bet the more value available.

Our team of horse racing experts turn the spotlight on the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020 which is schedule to be run on Wednesday 11 March. The current field listed in the antepost betting won’t all make the final cut, but the rewards of betting early outweigh the risks. The current betting on champion chase is fierce, to say the least.

Champion Chase Key Runners/Favourites

Traders at all major bookmakers have priced up their antepost book for the Champion Chase 2020 and it makes for very interesting reading indeed. What clues can punters take from the current list? Who do bookies expect to come out on top next year? Where does the betting value come from? Knowing the answers to these questions will be the difference between watching the race as an interested bystander and cheering home a winner at a nice price and celebrating a Cheltenham Festival profit from one of the biggest and best loved races of the week.

The Champion Chase 2020 promises to be one of the most competitive renewals in recent years. It may seem too early to make such a claim but the current line up tells us to prepare for a cracker and, although all of the current field won’t make the line on race day, the pool is an exciting one and we have high hopes for the renewal of this Grade 1 event that has a history that can be traced all the way back to 1959. Let’s take a closer look at how the antepost market is shaping up.

Chacun Pour Soi (4/1)

Chacun Pour Soi has been marked up as early favourite with all major bookmakers. Traders may be in agreement this is the horse to keep on the right side of and the one that will cross the line first and win the Queen Mother Chase but there’s dispute over the right price.

This is normal in antepost betting markets. Some firms are happy to offer as much as 5/1 on Chacun Pour Soi winning the race and this is an attempt to catch the eye of value hunters. Offering market best price is a guaranteed way to win your early business. Others prefer to keep their cards a little closer to their chest and trade just 7/2 on the same bet. That’s interesting and, as any experienced punter will confess, if you back enough 7/2 runners at a price of 5/1 you will make a profit over the course of the season.

At the time of writing, Chacun Pour Soi has a record showing two wins from as many starts. The promising seven-year-old gelding trained at the Ricci yard made a winning debut around Naas in a 2m Beginners Chase and showed a sign of things to come. He boosted his stock when doubling up at Punchestown in May.

Chacun Pour Soi jumped up in class to win the Grade 1 Ryanair Novices Chase over two miles, beating a talented field by more than four lengths, despite his inexperience. Chacun Pour Soi became an overnight sensation on the back of that result and won many new fans. Most of them would have rushed out to trust him with their antepost stake money when it became known the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2020 at Cheltenham was a possibility. He has attracted the majority of early money being bet on this race and that will come as no surprise to traders. The more cash they accept on him winning the Champion Chase, the shorter his odds will become.

That means, to ensure you get the best price possible on Chacun Pour Soi winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase, you should be sooner rather than later.

Altior (4/1)

A familiar name when it comes to antepost betting in the biggest races is Altior. He’s a real fans favourite and is always popular amongst backers looking to get their cash down early.

He can’t run in all the races quoted, of course, so it may be worth treading carefully with this one until we know in which direction handlers are steering him. Keep your ear close to the ground, read the industry newspapers or websites and stay on the lookout for any hints and tips that may emerge.

Altior is capable of winning any race connections enter him in but knowing which race he’ll run in at the Cheltenham Festival is key to getting the best deal possible on your cash. At this stage, if you back Altior to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase and he goes into another race, you will lose your money. With non runner money back, if your pick isn’t included in the final field, your stake will be returned in full. This promo comes into play nearer the race month.

This nine-year-old bay gelding out of the Nicky Henderson stable has run 22 times over jumps to date, winning no less than 20 races and finishing third once. His form is incredible, and he was spotted adding the Grade 1 Celebration Chase at Sandown back in April 2019 to his list of achievements. He beat runner up Sceau Royal by more than two lengths that day to prove traders to be shrewd, the money men sending him off as a 1/6 SP hot favourite in the race.

Altior is market best price 5/1 to win the Champion Chase but some firms have him as tight as 3/1. Shop around and compare prices to ensure your stake money is working as hard as it possibly can on your behalf. Making a profit from horse racing is difficult enough without getting shorter odds.

Min (11/1)

Another you’ll find quoted for more than a couple of races at the Cheltenham Festival and another supremely talented horse that will take all the beating in the contest he does enter.

A check on Min’s record shows the eight-year-old gelding trained by Willie Mullins has won nine times and placed on another five occasions in his first 16 starts.

He famously scored at Aintree in the Melling Chase, a Grade 1 race run over the 2m 3f distance. The victor beat a talented six-runner field that day with Politologue coming home in second, well off the pace set by the champion. Min scored at a cracking 2/1 that day and those who made a profit from that run will be only too happy to reinvest on his chances at Cheltenham.

Cilaos Emery (10/1)

This horse is the start of those at a bigger price to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase but, again, be careful who you trust with your cash.

Some bookies have been generous enough to offer 14/1 on Cilaos Emery while others remain wary and serve up just 9/1 on the same pick doing the business. This appears to be one for your each-way bets, hoping to challenge the main players and, at least, finish in the top three.

Another from the famed Wullie Mullins yard, Cilaos Emery is a seven-year-old gelding that won five of his first nine starts over jumps, finishing second on another two occasions. He has already proven his worth to backers but the feeling is there’s scope for further improvement and we should see evidence of that this season in the run up to the Cheltenham Festival.

Full list of 31 entries for 2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase:

  1. A Plus Tard (FR) – Henry de Bromhead, IRE
  2. Altior (IRE) – Nicky Henderson
  3. Bun Doran (IRE) – Tom George
  4. Capeland (FR) – Paul Nicholls
  5. Castlegrace Paddy (IRE) – Pat Fahy, IRE
  6. Chacun Pour Soi (FR) – Willie Mullins, IRE
  7. Cilaos Emery (FR) – Willie Mullins, IRE
  8. Cyrname (FR) – Paul Nicholls
  9. Defi du Seuil (FR) – Philip Hobbs
  10. Diego du Charmil (FR) – Paul Nicholls
  11. Douvan (FR) – Willie Mullins, IRE
  12. Duc des Genievres (FR) – Willie Mullins, IRE
  13. Dynamite Dollars (FR) – Paul Nicholls
  14. Footpad (FR) – Willie Mullins, IRE
  15. Fox Norton (FR) – Colin Tizzard
  16. Hardline (IRE) – Gordon Elliott, IRE
  17. Hell’s Kitchen – Harry Fry
  18. Janika (FR) – Nicky Henderson
  19. Kalashnikov (IRE) – Amy Murphy
  20. Lady Buttons – Philip Kirby
  21. Magic Saint (FR) – Paul Nicholls
  22. Min (FR) – Willie Mullins, IRE
  23. Ordinary World (IRE) – Henry de Bromhead, IRE
  24. Ornua (IRE) – Henry de Bromhead, IRE
  25. Paloma Blue (IRE) – Henry de Bromhead, IRE
  26. Politologue (FR) – Paul Nicholls
  27. Riders Onthe Storm (IRE) – Nigel Twiston-Davies
  28. Sceau Royal (FR) – Alan King
  29. Simply Ned (IRE) – Nicky Richards
  30. Un de Sceaux (FR) – Willie Mullins, IRE
  31. Waiting Patiently (IRE) – Ruth Jefferson

Champion Chase 2020 Betting Guide

If you intend to bet on any race at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, whether that be antepost or on the day, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to options. The earlier you bet the better the price available to you should be. The longer you leave it, the more markets available and the more security given to your stake money offered by the non runner money back promotion.

The antepost market is available now and you’ll find Queen Mother Champion Chase odds at most major bookmakers. The prices are attractive as you must factor in the chance of your pick not running in the race and you losing your stake without a run. This could be down to your selection running in another race or even injury between now and the off.

There are many things you can do to maximise your chase of bagging a winner at the Cheltenham Festival. These include…

Reading Expert Reviews

Reading expert reviews of the top races from industry insiders, trainers, jockeys and commentators. The more you read on a race the better educated you will become and the more of an understanding you will have of the runners to keep on the right side of. Read interviews, check the form, run through the gossip columns, anything you can get your hands on you believe could prove useful when it comes to backing a winner.

Find Better Odds

Almost important as backing a winner is doing it at the right price. Landing a 6/1 winner on a major horse race is all well and good but it doesn’t quite compare to bagging a 12/1 on the same runner, simply by doing your homework. Once you have decided on the runner for you in the big race, check any respected price comparison website. This will tell you which firms are offering market best price. The most generous traders are the ones you should be betting with to maximise your profit.

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Live streaming has become common with the main online betting firms and it’s something you should insist on. This allows you to bet on a horse and watch the race through an HD quality live streaming service at no extra cost. You can do this through your mobile or tablet device, either at home or on the move. It’s the modern way to watch horse racing and there’s now no need to check a results service.

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The closer we get to the first race of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival the more promotions, special offers and enhancements you can expect to find. These change year on year to ensure they are eye-catching, fresh and appealing to backers.

We can get an idea of what to expect by looking back at some of the most popular Queen Mother champion chase offers, however. These include money back if your pick falls, enhanced each-way terms in one or more races every day, free bets and even enhanced odds on the SP favourite.

Past winners

Followers of the stats betting on this race take their guidance from recent results, looking out for any hints or clues thrown up in the last 10 years. Altior has won each of the last two runnings of the Queen Mother Champion Chase and will be aiming to join Badsworth Boy who scooped three titles between 1983 and 1985 as is the most famous of champion chase winners.

What Happened in 2019?

The 2019 Champion Chase was won by Altior and that’s the reason he has been popular in the early exchanges of the betting. Is he good enough to win three races on the bounce? The champion performed brilliantly last year, beating off the attentions of Politologue in second and the third finisher which was Sceau Royal.

Those who had their cash down that day will be only too pleased to stick with Altior if he makes the final field of the 2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase. The stats prove winning again won’t be easy however as winning this title for a third time is an achievement that has eluded many horses more famous than Altior. That isn’t to say he can’t do it, however.

Past 10 Queen Mother Champion Chase winners

2019 Altior
2018 Altior
2017 Special Tiara
2016 Sprinter Sacre
2015 Dodging Bullets
2014 Sire de Grugy
2013 Sprinter Sacre
2012 Finian’s Rainbow
2011 Sizing Europe
2010 Big Zeb

Key Champion Chase Trials

Between now and the start of the Cheltenham Festival, we will see a number of race trials take place around the country. These are invaluable for punters following the form. Keep your eye out for upcoming race trials and have your notepad at the ready. Jot down the winner, ground conditions, times and anything else you think will be important.

Past Trials:

  • Tingle Creek Chase – 7th December 2019
  • Clarence House Chase – 18th January 2020
  • Dublin Chase – 1st February 2020