Cheltenham

  • 15:20 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase 2m

  • 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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 48.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:17
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sire De Grugy (FR) 11/4
2nd Somersby (IRE) 14/1
3rd Module (FR) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P1-1131 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 38
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 166 8/19.00
2 P4-2528 Emerald Green, Orange star, Emerald Green sleeves, Orange stars and cap Baily Green (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 M F Morris D J Casey 154 14/115.00
3 11151-3 Pink, Royal Blue cap Captain Conan (FR) 95
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 161 7/24.50
4 2222-11 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Hinterland (FR) 95
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 P F Nicholls N D Fehily 154 11/112.00
5 4527-17 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Kid Cassidy (IRE) 75
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 N J Henderson A P McCoy 160 10/111.00
6 114-241 Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap Module (FR) 32
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 T R George P J Brennan 157 20/121.00
7 1-12111 Red, royal blue stripe, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Sire De Grugy (FR) 53
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 G L Moore J E Moore 169 11/43.75
8 122-124 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 75
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
12 11-10 p1 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 168 11/112.00
9 34U-12U Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 53
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-10 p M R Channon D Elsworth 164 14/115.00
10 513-U34 Royal Blue, White stars, Red and White striped sleeves, White cap, Royal Blue stars Special Tiara 38
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 H de Bromhead D N Russell 155 16/117.00
11 33-6621 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 46
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 18/119.00

Verdict

Sire De Grugy has outstanding credentials having won the Tingle Creek, the Desert Orchid and the Clarence House Chase since narrowly failing to give Kid Cassidy 11lb here in November. He should reverse that form here and again beat third Special Tiara but there is a nagging doubt that he doesn't really like Cheltenham's undulations and he's been easy to back. CAPTAIN CONAN was more than seven lengths behind Sire De Grugy at Sandown in December but was making his seasonal reappearance that day and ran well until lack of condition told. A better guide may be the novice chase he won here early last season when he stayed on too strongly for Gary Moore's stable star and he gets the vote to come out best today. Arvika Ligeonniere has smart form in Ireland but was a leading fancy for last year's Arkle Trophy and weakened quickly on the final circuit before being pulled up. Baily Green finished second in that race and has each-way claims if back to his best but former winner Sizing Europe doesn't look the force of old and they may go too quickly for Wishfull Thinking. The others have plenty to prove on this season's form if they are to figure.