2016 Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature race of day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a race that dates back to 1959 when it was first run as the Champion Chase and won by Quita Que, ridden by Bunny Cox. The Champion Chase was renamed the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 1980 to mark the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday.

The Queen Mother was also honoured for being a keen patron of national hunt racing throughout her life, and attended the Cheltenham Festival past her 100th birthday. The Queen Mother also owned and managed a number of national hunt racehorses.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 steeplechase run over 2 miles on the main racecourse at Prestbury Park. Horses competing in the race are five-years-old and above, and are required to jump twelve fences during the race.

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Queen Mother Champion Chase Winners

A victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase is an important achievement in the career of any racehorse. Paul Nicholls’ brilliant Master Minded has come to the fore as the greatest champion in the history of the race in recent years, taking three consecutive race titles.

Pat Taaffe, the legendary National Hunt jockey, is the most prolific of the Queen Mother Champion Chase winners, winning the race as a jockey five times. In recent years young Irish stars Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh have battled Englishmen Robert Thornton and Richard Johnson for the title.

Tom Dreaper is the trainer with the most Queen Mother Champion Chase winners, having trained an impressive total of six winning horses during the 1960s.