The feature contest on day two of the Festival is the biggest race of the year for two mile chasers.
It is for horses aged five and above and there are thirteen fences to be jumped. This race has been won by some greats down the years including Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre.
Sixteen of the last twenty-two winners of this race arrived here on the back of a win and twelve of the last twenty winners were previous Festival winners.
Nicky Henderson (6) and Paul Nicholls (5) have won this race eleven times between them since 1992, with Henderson winning five of the last nine renewals.
It pays to avoid older runners in the race as only one of the past forty-two winners was older than ten and you need a horse that has been sparingly campaigned.
Only one of the last sixteen winners had run more than three times that season.
Previous Winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Queen Mother Champion Chase 2022.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
SHISHKIN – NICKY HENDERSON
Shishkin has shown himself to be the best two-miler in the country with some pulsating displays throughout his eleven race career.
None more so than when rallying to deny Energumene in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot back in January.
Prior to that, he destroyed Greaneteen at Kempton and that run came after a bout of wind surgery.
Nicky Henderson has won this race five times inside the last decade and his enigmatic eight-year-old can add to the haul with nothing to fear from rivals he has beaten on numerous occasions.
ENERGUMENE – WILLIE MULLINS
Energumene looked nailed on to win at the last fence in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot last time but ultimately was found out by a gutsy and determined Shishkin.
This will be only his second visit to English shores and connections will be hopeful that he can get a bit closer or even reverse form with Nicky Henderson’s superstar.
He doesn’t have much mileage on the clock and will be there to pick up the pieces if the favourite fails to fire.
CHACUN POUR SOI – WILLIE MULLINS
Chacun Pour Soi bids to redeem himself following a couple of jumping errors in this race last year, particularly the third last where he caused all sorts of interference and bother.
It clearly had an effect on him as he looked to be cruising and then just ran out of puff on the run-in where he was passed by both Put The Kettle On and Nube Negra.
He disappointed on his first run back this season in the Tingle Creek but more than made amends for that when running away with the Dublin Chase a couple of weeks ago.
Unless he can get over his clear fear of travelling, his mind may not be all there and he would be best avoided.
NUBE NEGRA – DAN SKELTON
Nube Negra has a good record at Cheltenham and ran as well as could be expected in this last year when beaten only a half-length by Put The Kettle On.
He was knocked for six when sent over to Ireland for a rematch with Chacun Pour Soi when beaten twenty-five lengths.
He made a winning return this season when winning the Shloer Chase where he reversed the form with Henry De Bromhead’s star mare.
Given the uncertainty with the Mullins pair ahead of him in the market, he could well be the one to give Shishkin something to think about.
The Skelton’s will have him primed for another decent run.
FUNAMBULE SIVOLA – VENETIA WILLIAMS
Funambule Sivola Won the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury when beating the likes of Sceau Royal and Hitman.
Venetia Williams upped him in trip for his first two starts this season and whilst he wasn’t beaten far on his seasonal reappearance, he got stuck in the mud here when ninth of sixteen to Vienna Court on New Year’s Day.
She dropped him back to two miles subsequently and there has been no looking back. His two wins came at Doncaster and Newbury which are relatively flat tracks.
This track found him out before and it most likely will again.
PUT THE KETTLE ON – HENRY DE BROMHEAD
Put The Kettle On is the only mare that remains in the race so the seven-pound allowance that she is entitled to once again will certainly be in her favour.
She absolutely loves it around here and has won four times over the course and distance.
Despite a couple of lacklustre runs behind the likes of Nube Negra and Mount Ida this season, the eight-year-old cannot be entirely ruled out.
If anyone can bring her back to form for this race it is certainly Henry De Bromhead.
She has never faced Shishkin though and may have to settle for minor honours here.
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2022 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips & Key Trends
SHISHKIN really is special and he can follow in the footsteps of former stablemates Altior, Sprinter Sacre and Finian’s Rainbow by taking this.
We know he handles the Festival atmosphere and he comes here looking to extend his winning run to eleven.
Nicky Henderson will have him fully primed for the occasion and given he has no clouds hanging over him compared to a number of others in the line-up he can cement his status as the best two-miler in the land.
Likely Each Way Player: Put The Kettle On
- 7 of the last 11 previous seasons’ Arkle winners have won this
- Nicky Henderson has won five of the last ten renewals
- 13 of the past 21 winners had won at a previous festival
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 4/5 Shishkin
- 7/2 Energumene
- 5/1 Chacun Pour Soi
- 10/1 Nube Negra
- 25/1 Envoi Allen
- 33/1 Funambule Sivola
- 33/1 Put The Kettle On
- 50/1 Politologue