Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips For 2024 – Will El Fabiolo Reign Supreme?

Champion Chase Tips

The centre piece event of the second day stands as the pinnacle of the 2-mile chase category for the season. Success in the Queen Mother Champion Chase hinges on smooth, swift jumping at pace.

Since Badsworth Boy’s remarkable triple victory from 1983 to 1985, eight other horses have claimed the title twice, with the reigning champion, Energumene, among them.

Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls boast six victories each in this prestigious race, placing them on par with Tom Dreaper as the most accomplished trainers in the Grade 1’s storied history.

Thirteen instances of consecutive victories have been recorded in this event since 1959, with seven occurring within the last 38 years.

Notably, Energumene, Altior, and Master Minded achieved this feat in the past 26 years.

However, beyond these esteemed champions, the last 14 attempts to defend their crown have fallen short.

Remarkably, all seven of the back-to-back winners commenced their second year as the short-priced favourite.

Previous Winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Runners To Watch

Below is a preview and Queen Mother Champion Chase tips for selected runners who hold entries for the race in 2024.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.

EL FABIOLO – WILLIE MULLINS

El Fabiolo has tasted defeat only once in his career, which occurred at Aintree over hurdles in April 2022.

Since then, he has seamlessly transitioned to larger obstacles, securing victory in a Grade 2 Chase and four Grade 1 Chases, including his most recent triumph in the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown.

His dominance was evident as he effortlessly outclassed rivals like Dinoblue and the returning Captain Guinness.

Notably, he convincingly defeated Jonbon in the Arkle at this same event last year, indicating his ability to replicate that form, especially considering doubts surrounding his primary challenger.

EDWARDSTONE – ALAN KING

He appeared to have been experiencing a decline for quite some time. However, it was a delightful sight to witness him assert his dominance at Newbury in the Game Spirit Chase during his last outing.

His victory, with a remarkable forty-length lead over Funambule Sivola, was impressive. Nonetheless, there’s a sense that he will need to deliver a career-best performance to contend in this event.

His recent record at this venue, suffering defeats in his last three visits, raises doubts about his ability to keep up with the more agile El Fabiolo.

CAPTAIN GUINNESS – HENRY DE BROMHEAD

Like a box of frogs, you can never predict his form. He can be impressive, as he demonstrated in his seasonal debut this year when he won the Fortria Chase at Navan.

However, since then, he has pulled up and finished a considerable fourteen lengths behind El Fabiolo at Leopardstown in his last outing.

If he’s on form, he might have a chance for a place at best, but that’s a big “if”!

ELIXIR DU NUTZ – JOE TIZZARD

He earned his spot in this race by causing an upset against Jonbon in the Clarence House Chase just a couple of months ago.

Luck was on his side that day, as Jonbon made repeated errors, allowing him to seize the opportunity at the crucial moment.

This race might see some withdrawals before the start, and that’s when the Joe Tizzard-trained runner excels.

He has a perfect record, having only won races with six or fewer competitors.

If either of the frontrunners falter, he’s likely to be in contention to seize the victory.

FUNAMBULE SIVOLA – VENETIA WILLIAMS

Considered an outsider in this race for the past two years, but he managed to secure a flattering second place in 2022 when the race encountered disruptions.

He unfortunately suffered an early fall in 2023. In his recent outing at Newbury, following Boothill’s late fall, he inherited a distant second place behind the re-opposing Edwardstone, so his chances appear bleak based on his form this season.

GENTLEMAN DE MEE – WILLIE MULLINS

A bold front-runner, he notably defeated Edwardstone at Aintree during his time as a novice chaser.

However, he has only replicated that form once since, notably with a victory in last season’s Dublin Chase.

His recent performance, finishing a distant fourth behind stablemate El Fabiolo in the most recent edition of the Leopardstown race, suggests that he may not be in top form currently.

Considering these factors, it seems reasonable to oppose him in this contest.

BOOTHILL – NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES

He kicked off the campaign impressively, clinching victories in a couple of significant handicaps at Ascot this season.

Despite showing potential for further improvement, he has encountered setbacks with falls in two Grade 2 events since then, including the most recent one at Newbury, where he was a distant second, trailing by about nine lengths behind Edwardstone before taking a tumble two fences from the finish.

With his toughest challenge yet lying ahead in this field, whether he completes a clear round or not, remains to be seen.

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Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips & Key Trends For 2024

In their novice hurdle days, Jonbon narrowly edged out EL FABIOLO, but the tables turned in the Arkle last season, with the latter claiming victory.

Since then, Willie Mullins’ charge has been flawless in three starts, showcasing his best performance by far when convincingly defeating the talented mare Dinoblue at the Dublin Racing Festival last month.

With an unblemished record of seven wins from seven races over larger obstacles, he is poised to reaffirm his superiority over his main rival.

Additionally, Edwardstone, who led from start to finish in the Game Spirit Chase, is expected to offer strong competition.

However, he may face a challenge from younger contenders as the race intensifies on the home stretch.

Key Trends

  • 7 of the past 13 Arkle winners (from the previous season) to have run have won
  • Nicky Henderson has won 5 of the past 12 renewals
  • 14 of the past 23 winners had won at the festival previously
  • 9 of the past 37 winners were aged 7-9
  • 17 of the past 19 winners ran just 2-3 times earlier in the season
  • 14 of the past 22 winners won last time out

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

  • El Fabiolo 3/10
  • Edwardstone 13/2
  • Captain Guinness 9/1
  • Elixir De Nutz 33/1
  • Gentleman De Mee 33/1
  • Boothill 80/1
  • Funambule Sivola 125/1



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