Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:20 sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase 2m

  • Winner £182,240 2nd £68,384 3rd £34,240 4th £17,056
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 52.10s
  • Off time: 15:20:26
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 4/1
2nd Sizing Europe (IRE) 4/5
3rd Big Zeb (IRE) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 22-1112 PURPLE, yellow spots, purple sleeves, yellow spots on cap Big Zeb (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-10 C A Murphy R M Power 169 13/27.50
2 1121-12 White, black cap Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 53
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 164 4/15.00
3 8-1F1F3 Red, Pink epaulets Gauvain (GER) 25
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 b Nick Williams N Fehily 162 20/121.00
4 467-953 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star I'm So Lucky 26
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-10 bt D Pipe T Scudamore 150 66/167.00
5 173-127 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 25
Nag me
6 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 162 14/115.00
6 2113-12 Royal Blue, White cross belts, striped sleeves and cap Realt Dubh (IRE) 314
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 N Meade P Carberry 157 14/115.00
7 1-21211 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 173 4/51.80
8 1-16526 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 53
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 159 16/117.00

Verdict

SIZING EUROPE and Big Zeb first locked horns in a Punchestown novice hurdle in 2007 when the former came out on top. They stand at 1-1 in this event and though Colm Murphy's charge had his revenge for last year's defeat when they met at Punchestown, he was a clear second best there last month when beaten 15 lengths. It's impossible to oppose the champion on the evidence of that run and he should retain his title. Finian's Rainbow finished runner-up to Somersby in the Victor Chandler and should prefer the quicker ground but Wishfull Thinking ran so poorly that day there was probably something amiss as he had been less than a length behind Nicky Henderson's charge in the Desert Orchid at Kempton. Kauto Stone was behind Sizing Europe in the Tingle Creek and has never won at a trip this short while it would be a tremendous training feat if Noel Meade can get the classy triple Grade 1 winner Realt Dubh back to form after such a long break.