Champion Chase Tips 2022

The feature race on Ladies' Day at the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Chase. The Champion Chase may be the youngest of the four Championship race at Cheltenham, having been created in 1959, but the race boasts a rich history of winners. The Champion Chase is also named in honour of the Queen Mother, who gave so much to the sport of horse racing during her lifetime.

2022 Champion Chase Key Facts

Date Wednesday 16th March, 2022
Time 3:05pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m
Prize Pool £400k
Age 5YO+

2022 Champion Chase Odds

Name
Odds
Shishkin6/4
Allaho8/1
Put The Kettle On10/1
Chacun Pour Soi10/1
Nube Negra10/1
Energumene10/1
Bar16/1

*Odds taken from William Hill*

2022 Champion Chase Tips

Our guide to the 2022 Champion Chase will be published in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival.

2022 Champion Chase Runners

Topping the market for next season's Champion Hurdle is Shishkin. Nicky Henderson's star extended his unbeaten record with a superb victory in the 2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy, and will go for his third Cheltenham title in 2022, having won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on his first outing at the Festival.

Second in the market we find Allaho, who romped to a dominant victory in the 2021 Ryanair Chase. Put The Kettle On can then be found at 10/1, alongside Chacun Pour Soi and Nube Negra.

Energumene, who was forced to miss a date with Shishkin in the Arkle, can also be found at 10/1. Envoi Allen sits a little further adrift, with Greaneteen and Sceau Royal general 16/1 shots.

Allmankind has finished third at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, but he's a 25/1 shot to win the Champion Chase. Captain Guinness, Unexcepted, Sky Pirate and Rouge Vif also feature in the early Cheltenham Festival betting.

2021 Champion Chase Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Put The Kettle On 17/2
2nd Nube Negra 11/1
3rd Chacun Pour Soi 8/13f

Champion Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:20pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m 5f
1:55pm RSA Novices' Chase Grade One 3m
2:30pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m 5f
3:05pm Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade One 2m
3:40pm Cross Country Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 6f
4:15pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
4:50pm Champion Bumper Grade One 2m

Champion Chase History

The Champion Chase is the newest of the four Championship race at the Cheltenham Festival. This Grade One chase takes place on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, and is run over a two-mile trip.

The race was renamed in honour of the Queen Mother during the year of her 80th birthday in 1980. The Queen Mother gave a huge amount of time to the sport of horse racing during her lifetime, and came within a whisker of owning a Champion Chaser when her horse, Game Spirit finished second to Skymas in 1976.

Skymas is one eleven two-time winners of the Champion Chase. That illustrious list includes Fortria, Hilly Way, Viking Flagship, Moscow Flyer, Masterminded, Sprinter Sacre and Altior.

Only one horse has managed to win the Champion Chase three times, and that was Michael Dickinson's Badsworth Boy, who secured a hat-trick of wins between 1983 and '85.

Legendary horses like Flyingbolt, Crisp and One Man have all won the Champion Chase. Many horses use the Arkle Challenge Trophy as a stepping stone to the Champion Chase the following year.

Three trainers have won this Championship race six times. The first being Tom Dreaper, who saddled six of the first 11 winners of this great race.

Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls both have six wins apiece. The great friends and rivals have shared nine of the last 13 runnings between them.

There was barely a dry eye in the house on Ladies' Day in 2016, when ten-year-old Sprinter Sacre rolled back the years and won his second Champion Chase, three years after his first win in 2013.

Gary Moore celebrated a famous win when Sire De Grugy became Champion chaser in 2014. Henry De Bromhead has won the race twice, first with Sizing Europe in 2011, before Special Tiara scored a surprise win in  2016.

Altior won back-to-back Champion Chases in 2018 and '19. With Nicky Henderson's star out injured, Paul Nicholls got back in on the act, as Harry Skelton guided Politologue to victory.

Willie Mullins' Chacun Pour Soi went off in the 2021 Queen Mother as the odds-on favourite, but he was beaten into third by Put The Kettle On, who claimed a surprise win.

Champion Chase Winners

Year
Winner
2021 Put The Kettle On
2020 Politologue
2019 Altior
2018 Altior
2017 Special Tiara
2016 Sprinter Sacre
2015 Dodging Bullets
2014 Sire De Grugy
2013 Sprinter Sacre
2012 Finian's Rainbow
2011 Sizing Europe
2010 Big Zeb
2009 Master Minded
2008 Master Minded
2007 Voy Por Ustedes
2006 Newmill
2005 Moscow Flyer
2004 Azertyuiop
2003 Moscow Flyer
2002 Flagship Uberalles

Champion Chase FAQs

When is the Champion Chase?

The 2022 Champion Chase will take place at 3:05pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 16th March.

What is the Champion Chase?

The Champion Chase is the feature Championship race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. This prestigious Grade One is for chasers and is run over a two-mile trip. The Champion Chase has been won by many of the sports greatest, and is named in honour of the Queen Mother.

Who won the Champion Chase?

Put The Kettle On handed Henry De Bromhead a third Champion Chase win in 2021, beating Nube Negra and odds-on favourite Chacun Pour Soi.

Who's the favourite for the Champion Chase?

Two-time Cheltenham Festival winner, Shishkin is already the 6/4 favourite to win the 2022 Champion Chase.

Where can I watch the Champion Chase?

The 2022 Champion Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.