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  • 15:20 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase 2m

  • (Grade 1) £350,000 added 5yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £199,325 2nd £74,795 3rd £37,450 4th £18,655
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; Cross Country: Good to Soft, Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 48.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:17

Sire spearheads entry for the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Last Updated: 10/03/14 1:16pm

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Sire De Grugy: Heads acceptors for Queen Mother Champion Chase

Sire De Grugy: Heads acceptors for Queen Mother Champion Chase

Sire De Grugy heads a field of 11 declared for the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Gary Moore's stable star has been a revelation this term, winning the Tingle Creek, Desert Orchid and Clarence House Chase, and will be a warm order for the two-mile title in the absence of last year's winner Sprinter Sacre.

The latter's trainer Nicky Henderson still has a decent hand with Tingle Creek third Captain Conan and Kid Cassidy, who beat Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham in November.

Sizing Europe makes his fourth successive appearance in the race, having struck gold in 2011 and having finished second for the last two years.

His trainer Henry de Bromhead also saddles Special Tiara, who was third to Kid Cassidy earlier in the season

Arvika Ligeonniere bids to give Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins his first win in the race. The nine-year-old secured his third victory from four starts this campaign in the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown last month.

Last year's Arkle runner-up Baily Green, trained by Mouse Morris, is the fourth Irish challenger.

Paul Nicholls has decided to take the plunge with second-season novice Hinterland rather than go for Tuesday's Racing Post Arkle Trophy. Module, Somersby and Wishfull Thinking make up the field.

Benefficient was the only withdrawal at the 48-hour final declaration as he waits for Thursday's Ryanair Chase.

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