No doubting what the main event is on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, it is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This race is quite rightly regarded as the best two mile chase anywhere on the planet and over the years has witnessed some terrific races.
The race itself only attracts a select bunch each year so big fields are rare, yet it never fails to deliver a compelling spectacle and produce a worthy champion.
2011 winner Sizing Europe came back in 2012 for another crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase but was a beaten odds on favourite to Nicky Henderson's Finians Rainbow, and Henderson was to enjoy success again in 2013 with Sprinter Sacre completing a faultless round of jumping.
In 2014 Sire De Grugy took advantage of Sprinter Sacre's absence through injury and won the race for trainer Gary Moore. The following year Paul Nicholls landed his fourth victory in the race when Dodging Bullets was successful at 4/1. In 2016 we saw a tremendous comeback by Sprinter Scare in what was one of the most emotional winning enclosures seen at Cheltenham.
|9/10 Winners||Had won a Grade 1 Chase|
|9/10 Winners||Won last time out|
|9/10 Winners||Had just 2 or 3 starts that season|
|8/10 Winners||Were in the first 3 in the betting|
|8/10 Winners||Previously ran at the Cheltenham Festival|
|6/10 Winners||Were bred in France|
|6/10 Winners||Prep race in Tingle Creek Chase|
|6/10 Winners||Trained by Nicholls or Henderson|
|3/10 Winners||Were successful favourites|
|2/10 Winners||Were trained in Ireland and both started 10/1|
|2016||Sprinter Sacre||10||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson||5/1|
|2015||Dodging Bullets||7||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls||4/1|
|2014||Sire de Grugy||8||Jamie Moore||Gary Moore||11/4|
|2013||Sprinter Sacre||7||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||1/4|
|2012||Finian's Rainbow||9||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||4/1|
|2011||Sizing Europe||9||Andrew Lynch||Henry de Bromhead||10/1|
|2010||Big Zeb||9||Barry Geraghty||Colm Murphy||10/1|
|2009||Master Minded||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||4/11|
|2008||Master Minded||5||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||3/1|
|2007||Voy Por Ustedes||6||Robert Thornton||Alan King||5/1|