Queen Mother Champion Chase Runners – Cheltenham Festival Betting

The total prize fund for the Queen Mother Champion Chase tops £300,000 making it one of the most hotly contested events at the Cheltenham Festival meeting. Here are some of the Queen Mother Champion Chase runners to look out for.

Master Minded

As last years Champion Chase winner with Ruby Walsh, Master Minded is sure to be popular among punters at Cheltenham Festival. Trained, by Paul Nicholls, Master Minded made history by becoming the first-ever five-year-old to win the Champion Chase. The horse, with 3 – 1 odds, led last year’s winner, Voy Por Ustedes, by an outstanding 19 lengths.
According to Nicholls, it looks as if the horse looks like a lucrative wager for the 2009 Cheltenham Festival: ""The improvement in this horse is just incredible. He has gotten better all season and at only five years old, he will be some horse in the future."

Accordion Etoile

Accordion Etoile is a young Queen Mother Champion Chase runner who is relatively new to steeplechases, having graduated from hurdles only two years ago. His record over hurdles was formidable as he picked up 10 placed finishes in 15 starts, with 7 of these coming as race wins. His new career in steeplechase has been going well and in only 7 races he has picked up 4 placed finishes and two wins.
Accordion Etoile is a genuine contender for the 2008 Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase and his record at Cheltenham proves it. The horse has two wins from four starts at Cheltenham Racecourse, and the majority of his wins have come over the 2 mile distance that will be run at the 2009 Champion Chase.

Contraband

Contraband started his career in racing with a decent record in hurdles, winning 4 of his 12 starts in hurdle races and coming in placed in another 3 matches. His steeplechase career has not entirely matched up to his achievements over hurdles, with the 2009 Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase runner taking 2 wins from his 12 starts.
Contraband is no stranger to Cheltenham Racecourse and has finished placed in 4 of the 6 races he has run on the racetrack. He performs best over the distance of 2 miles, with 10 placed finishes from 12 starts over the distance that will be run in the 2009 Queen Mother Champion Chase. His record over this distance alone makes him a serious race contender.

Well Chief

David Pipe’s Well Chief has a record that proves he has what it takes to add the 2009 Queen Mother Champion Chase to his list of wins. Well Chief has an excellent record in steeplechases and is one of the few horses to have made the transition to fences with ease – taking 6 wins from 13 starts, with another 5 placed finishes.
Well Chief has finished placed in 5 out of 6 races at Cheltenham Racecourse, with 2 wins. His performances over 2 miles have been excellent with this 2009 Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase runner finishing placed in 8 out of 10 races run over this distance.