Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Odds & Preview – 3.30 Cheltenham Festival March 16th 2022

A look at this year's Queen Mother Champion Chase from the Cheltenham Festival 2022

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This Queen Mother Champion Chase betting preview for the 2022 renewal examines the latest odds and looks at some of the front runners.

This is the big fixture of Wednesday, which is the Cheltenham Festival Day 2 and the big Grade 1 race will naturally see a strong field line up.

For a long time now the hype about the 2022 Champion Chase has been concerning the mouthwatering clash between Shishkin and Energumene, arguably the best two 2-mile chasers in the business at the moment.

With the former seeing off his rival when they met in the Clarence House this year, will he lead the way once again?

Our Queen Mother Champion Chase betting preview takes in not only the big two but the odds for the field and some other contenders who are likely to be in action.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Details

Date: 16th March 2022
Time: 15:30
Grade: Grade 1
Distance: 2m
Age: 5 year olds and up

Queen Mother Champion Chase Favourites and Outsiders

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the pinnacle of the chasing season for the 2 milers and there are a couple of brilliant ones scrapping it out in this year’s edition.

SHISHKIN and ENERGUMENE are just dominating the market for this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase betting.

Even though these two are the dominant two in the division, Shishkin has moved to an odds-on quote.

But how have favourites in the last ten editions of this famous fixture? Well, there have been four winning favourites appearing in the last decade.

Two of those were Altior who landed back to back Queen Mother Champion Chase wins in 2018 and 2019.

The longest-priced winner to successfully get home in the last ten editions was Special Tiara from an 11/ SP in 2017.

Each of the other nine winners in that span were all in single figures.

Given how the 2022 Champion Chase is shaping up, then it is likely that a shorter-priced winner is going to make it home first.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds Cheltenham 2022

While we can take a look at the ante-post Queen Mother Champion Chase odds for 2022, the market will likely take on a different complexion closer to the start of the Festival.

When the final declarations for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which happens 48 hours out, are in, punters will know exactly who is going to the start.

For now, here is a list of current Queen Mother Champion Chase odds taken at the time of writing.

Shishkin 4/6
Energumene 4/1
Chacun Pour Soi 5/1
Nube Negra 10/1
Envoi Allen 20/1
Put The Kettle On 20/1
Funambule Sivola 20/1
Editeur Du Gite 33/1
Captain Guinness 40/1
Sceau Royal 50/1
First Flow 66/1
Dunvegan 55/1
All Mankind 66/1
Hitman 66/1
100/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 18:15 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at Betway)

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About the Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase was inaugurated in 1959 and back then it was for the best two-mile chasers and nothing has changed. Its current moniker of the Queen Mother Champion Chase was taken on in 1980 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Queen Mother.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase didn’t have its first sponsor until 2017 and it is a Grade 1 race over 2m miles (approx). There are 13 fences in the fixture and it is the big feature race of Ladies’ Day on the Cheltenham Festival Day 2 lineup.

There have been some famous winners of this championship race including, more recently, the likes of Moscow Flyer, Master Minded, Sprinter Sacre and Altior.

Queen Mother Champion Chase contenders – 16th March 2022

Next, we take a look through the list of some of the main contenders who are going to be pushing for the win.

It is one of those scenarios where, if you were to take Shishkin out of the line-up, the race would look like a fiercely competitive renewal.

We should start with a look at the 4/6 favourite SHISHKIN who looks something so very special* (odds recorded at 18:15 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at Betway).

The Nicky Henderson-trained 8-year-old faced up to his main rival Energumene at Ascot in the Clarence House in January.

It was such a good race with Shishkin coming on strongly to spoil the party of his rival.

Shishkin had been two lengths down to Energumene at the last, but cleared it beautifully and then reeled in his opponent to beat him by a length.

That was on a longer 2m 1f but Shishkin has proven his worth at 2m.

It’s now seven wins from seven in chasing from Shishkin including at last year’s Festival in the Arkle. He sets the standard.

Can ENERGUMENE turn the tables on his big rival?

He is a 4/1 quote to do so in Cheltenham Festival betting* (odds recorded at 18:15 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at Betway).

Energumene is such a good horse and the only loss in his chasing career was in that Ascot duel with Shishkin in January.

He has the pace and he has the power and it will be interesting to see what he does on the 2m trip.

Arguably he hasn’t beaten the kind of quality that Shishkin has done in his career, but commands a stack of respect.

Beyond the big two

So too does CHACUN POUR SOI who is a classy chaser. He’s a little unlucky to have to deal with the other two at the Cheltenham Festival.

But there was a good win for Chacun Pour Soi in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase at Leopardstown in early February, romping home 12l clear.

Chacun Pour Soi needed that as he had been a heavy favourite for the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December and blew his lines badly.

Chacun Pour Soi was third in last year’s Champions Chase so has the experience of the big day.

NUBE NEGRA is the only other one likely to mount any kind of challenge for the places in Queen Mother Champion Chase betting.

He was poor in the Tingle Creek as well but did win the Grade 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November and was a runner up in last year’s Champions Chase.

Last year’s winner PUT THE KETTLE ON, along with the likes of ENVOI ALLEN and EDITEUR DU GITE may well sidestep this one.

They all have other assignments which they could go to instead of this one.

The presence of Shishkin in the Queen Mother Champion Chase betting landscape for 2022 may prevent the race from being a big field.

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Queen Mother Champion Chase Trends Cheltenham 2022

For the next part of this Queen Mother Champion Chase Preview 2022, we are going to dive into some of the trends surrounding the event.

To do that, we cast an eye back over the last 20 editions of this Grade 1 fixture.

The first thing is the recent winning odds. Take Altior’s two successes out of the picture as he was just something so special, then the other five winners were at least a 5/1 SP in the last seven renewals.

None of the last 20 renewals of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival has been won by odds bigger than 16/1.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainers in the last two decades are Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson who have both seen five winners get home. However, there is a noticeable difference between the two when it comes to the strike race.

Henderson got his from 13 entries, while Nicholls secured his five wins from 31 entries in the last twenty years.

The only other two trainers to have won the fixture on more than one occasion in that same period is Henry De Bromhead and Jessica Harrington who won the Champion Chase three times and twice respectively.

It is always interesting to look at the other side of things. Willie Mullins has had 13 runners go to the Queen Mother Champion Chase in the last twenty years and hasn’t produced a single winner.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Jockey Statistics

The leading active jockey over the last two decades is Nico de Boinville who has won all three appearances in the fixture. Those were all on Nicky Henderson-trained horses, the first being Sprinter Sacre in 2016, before getting the wins on Altior.

Just four other active jockeys have won the race in the last twenty years besides De Boinville. They are Jamie Moore, Sam Twiston-Davies, Aidan Coleman and Harry Skelton.

Other Key Queen Mother Champion Chase Trends

Finally, we will look at some of the other key Queen Mother Champion Chase trends from the last twenty renewals of this championship race.

Each of the last 20 renewals has been won by a horse who had been within the first six in the betting market and who had won a Graded race last time out.

Also, the last 20 renewals had been won by one that had returned from a break of 32-95 days and was not bigger than 8/1 last time out.

None of the last 20 Champion Chases at the Cheltenham Festival was by a horse that had been bigger than 6/1 on their last win.

There are a lot of Queen Mother Champion Chase trends to analyse and our betting experts will break down the field in more depth, closer to the day of this year’s big race.

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Queen Mother Champion Chase 2021 Review

PUT THE KETTLE ON landed last year’s Champions Chase from a quote of 17/2 for trainer Henry De Bromhead.

He was ridden by Aidan Coleman and looked in a little trouble when a mistake came his way three from home.

But Put The Kettle On responded well and got back in the mix two from home and was ahead by the final fence.

He was keen right to the finish to win by half a length over NUBE NEGRA.

Harry Skelton’s Nube Negra gave it everything and may well have gotten there if he had not stumbled at the last.

He was always in it though and gave a fine performance and he went home well clear of the race favourite CHACUN POUR SOI.

Big things had been expected of the 8/13 FAV Chacun Pour Soi before he hung left after the third from home and got in the way of some rivals.

Jockey Paul Townend asked him for more, but Chacun Pour Soi had nothing left in him and couldn’t make an impact on those in front of him.

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Day 2


Day 2 Cheltenham Festival Queen Mother Champion Chases 2022

  • 13:30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 14:10 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase
  • 14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle
  • 15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
  • 16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
  • 16:50 The Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 17:30 The Champion Bumper


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Queen Mother Champion Chase Former Winners

Year Winner Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Put The Kettle One 17/2 Aidan Coleman Henry de Bromhead
2020 Politologue 6/1 Harry Skelton Paul Nicholls
2019 Altior 4/11F Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2018 Altior 1/1F Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2017 Special Tiara 11/1 Noel Fehily Henry De Bromhead
2016 Sprinter Sacre 5/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2015 Dodging Bullets 9/2 Sam Twston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2014 Sire De Grugy 11/4F Jaie Moore Gary Moore
2013 Sprinter Sacre 1/4F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Finian’s Rainbow 4/1F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson

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