This popular race is one of the Cheltenham Festival highlights. It being the main race on the second day at the Festival, held on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 15.30 GMT. Using the New Course, this Grade 1 Chase is for horses over five years old, and covers two miles of course.
The 2017 Queen Mother Champion Chase was won by Special Tiara ridden by jockey Noel Fehily, with Trainer Henry de Bromhead, with Fox Norton in second place, and Sir Valentino in third. Other champions of this chase have been jockeys Barry Geraghty and Pat Taffe who have both been champions five times. A hat trick winner was Badsworth Boy with wins in 1983,1984 and 1985.
Favourite names just now are Douvan and Altior, who are among 30 other entrants in this Betway Chase at Cheltenham. Previously known as the National Hunt Two Mile Champion Chase, the race was given its current title to commemorate the Queen Mother’s 80th Birthday in 1980. With a prize purse of £320,000, the chase, run over 2 miles with 12 fences, is the most prominent minimum distance chase of the racing Festival.