Queen Mother Champion Chase

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Queen Mother Champion Chase
Grade 1 race
LocationCheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race typesteeplechase
Race information
Distance1m 7f 199y (3,199 metres)
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Weight11 st 10 lb
7 lb for mares
Purse£400,000 (2019)
1st: £225,880
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Yellow, red star, yellow sleeves, white armlets, yellow cap, red star Royal blue, yellow chevrons, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, royal blue cap, yellow star Light blue, royal blue star, white and royal blue check sleeves and cap
Politologue Dynamite Dollars Bun Doran

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. As part of a sponsorship agreement with the online betting company Betway, the race is now known as the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles (1 mile 7 furlongs and 199 yards, or 3,199 metres), and during its running there are thirteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

It is the leading minimum-distance chase in the National Hunt calendar, and it is the feature race on the second day of the Festival.


The event was established in 1959, and it was originally called the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase. It was given its present title in 1980 – the year of the Queen Mother's 80th birthday – in recognition of her support to jump racing. The Queen Mother was a successful owner of National Hunt horses, particularly chasers, and among these was Game Spirit – the runner-up in this race in 1976.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase was not sponsored before 2007, and between 2008 and 2010 it was backed by Seasons Holidays. The sponsor from 2011 until 2013 was online gambling firm Sportingbet. BetVictor held naming rights for the 2014 season before the current sponsor, sports betting company Betway, took over.[1]


Most successful horse (3 wins):

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Pat TaaffeFortria (1960, 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966), Straight Fort (1970)
  • Barry GeraghtyMoscow Flyer (2003, 2005), Big Zeb (2010), Finian's Rainbow (2012), Sprinter Sacre (2013)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Tom DreaperFortria (1960, 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966), Muir (1969), Straight Fort (1970)
  • Nicky Henderson - Remittance Man (1992), Finian's Rainbow (2012), Sprinter Sacre (2013, 2016), Altior (2018, 2019)
  • Paul Nicholls - Call Equiname (1999), Azertyuiop (2004), Master Minded (2008, 2009), Dodging Bullets (2015), Politologue (2020)

Leading owner (3 wins):

  • George Ansley – Fortria (1960, 1961), Straight Fort (1970)
  • Doug Armitage – Badsworth Boy (1983, 1984, 1985)
  • John Hales - One Man (1998), Azertyuiop (2004), Politologue (2020)


Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner
1959 Quita Que 10 Bunny Cox Dan Moore Mrs D. R. Brand
1960 Fortria 8 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper George Ansley
1961 Fortria 9 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper George Ansley
1962 Piperton 8 Dave Dick Archie Thomlinson Archie Thomlinson
1963 Sandy Abbot 8 Stan Mellor George Owen Mrs J. D. McKechnie
1964 Ben Stack 7 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper Duchess of Westminster
1965 Dunkirk 8 Dave Dick Peter Cazalet Bill Whitbread
1966 Flyingbolt 7 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper Jean Wilkinson
1967 Drinny's Double 9 Frank Nash Bob Turnell Paul Mellon
1968 Drinny's Double 10 Frank Nash Bob Turnell Paul Mellon
1969 Muir 10 Ben Hannon Tom Dreaper Waring Willis
1970 Straight Fort 7 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper George Ansley
1971 Crisp 8 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter Sir Chester Manifold
1972 Royal Relief 8 Bill Smith Edward Courage Edward Courage
1973 Inkslinger 6 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore Mrs M. Jenney
1974 Royal Relief 10 Bill Smith Edward Courage Edward Courage
1975 Lough Inagh 8 Sean Barker Jim Dreaper A. Martin
1976 Skymas 11 Mouse Morris Brian Lusk Matt Magee
1977 Skymas 12 Mouse Morris Brian Lusk Matt Magee
1978 Hilly Way 8 Tommy Carmody Peter McCreery J. W. Sweeney
1979 Hilly Way 9 Ted Walsh[a] Peter McCreery J. W. Sweeney
1980 Another Dolly [b] 10 Sam Morshead Fred Rimell Ian Urquhart
1981 Drumgora 9 Frank Berry Arthur Moore D. Monahan
1982 Rathgorman 10 Kevin Whyte Michael Dickinson J. Lilley
1983 Badsworth Boy 8 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson Doug Armitage
1984 Badsworth Boy 9 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson Doug Armitage
1985 Badsworth Boy 10 Robert Earnshaw Monica Dickinson Doug Armitage
1986 Buck House 8 Tommy Carmody Mouse Morris Mrs Phil Purcell
1987 Pearlyman 8 Peter Scudamore John Edwards Valerie Shaw
1988 Pearlyman 9 Tom Morgan John Edwards Valerie Shaw
1989 Barnbrook Again 8 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth Mel Davies
1990 Barnbrook Again 9 Hywel Davies David Elsworth Mel Davies
1991 Katabatic 8 Simon McNeill Andrew Turnell Pell-Mell Partners
1992 Remittance Man 8 Jamie Osborne Nicky Henderson Tim Collins
1993 Deep Sensation 8 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford Robin Eliot
1994 Viking Flagship 7 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson Roach Foods Ltd
1995 Viking Flagship 8 Charlie Swan David Nicholson Roach Foods Ltd
1996 Klairon Davis 7 Francis Woods Arthur Moore Chris Jones
1997 Martha's Son 10 Rodney Farrant Tim Forster Hartigan / Ward-Thomas
1998 One Man 10 Brian Harding Gordon W. Richards John Hales
1999 Call Equiname 9 Mick Fitzgerald Paul Nicholls Coburn / Barber / Lewis
2000 Edredon Bleu 8 Tony McCoy Henrietta Knight Jim Lewis
2001 no race 2001 [c]
2002 Flagship Uberalles 8 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Gutner / Krysztofiak
2003 Moscow Flyer 9 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington Brian Kearney
2004 Azertyuiop 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls John Hales
2005 Moscow Flyer 11 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington Brian Kearney
2006 Newmill 8 Andrew McNamara John Joseph Murphy Mary Hayes
2007 Voy Por Ustedes 6 Robert Thornton Alan King Sir Robert Ogden
2008 Master Minded 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Clive D. Smith
2009 Master Minded 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Clive D. Smith
2010 Big Zeb 9 Barry Geraghty Colm Murphy Patrick Joseph Redmond
2011 Sizing Europe 9 Andrew Lynch Henry de Bromhead Ann & Alan Potts
2012 Finian's Rainbow 9 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson Michael Buckley
2013 Sprinter Sacre 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson Caroline Mould
2014 Sire de Grugy 8 Jamie Moore Gary Moore Preston Family & Friends
2015 Dodging Bullets 7 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls Martin Broughton & Friends
2016 Sprinter Sacre 10 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson Caroline Mould
2017 Special Tiara 10 Noel Fehily Henry de Bromhead Sally Rowley-Williams
2018 Altior 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson Patricia Pugh
2019 Altior 9 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson Patricia Pugh
2020 Politologue 9 Harry Skelton Paul Nicholls John Hales
  1. ^ amateur jockey
  2. ^ Chinrullah finished first in 1980, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance
  3. ^ The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis. A substitute race at Sandown was won by Edredon Bleu

See also[edit]


  • bbc.co.uk"Royalty absent and present" (2003).
  • cheltenham.co.ukMedia information pack (2010).
  • pedigreequery.comQueen Mother Champion Chase – Cheltenham.
  • sportingchronicle.comQueen Mother Champion Two Mile Steeple Chase Past Winners.
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 231. ISBN 1-873626-15-0.

External links[edit]

  • Race Recordings [1]