Today's racecards

Cheltenham

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

  • Winner £182,432 2nd £68,448 3rd £34,272 4th £17,088
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 54.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:21
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sizing Europe (IRE) 10/1
2nd Big Zeb (IRE) 3/1
3rd Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 411-112 PURPLE, yellow spots, purple sleeves, yellow spots on cap Big Zeb (IRE) 45
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 C A Murphy B J Geraghty 174 3/14.00
2 F181-14 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 77
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 E P Harty A P McCoy 158 14/115.00
3 5-16417 Purple, Yellow chevrons, Purple sleeves, Yellow cap, Purple star Cornas (NZ) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 Nick Williams L P Aspell 153 150/1151.00
4 1121-91 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap French Opera 26
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 N J Henderson A Tinkler 164 22/123.00
5 212111 RED, white hooped sleeves, red cap, white spots Golden Silver (FR) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 168 11/112.00
6 B821-46 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star I'm So Lucky 53
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 bt D Pipe T Scudamore 153 66/167.00
7 341-463 Purple and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves and cap Mad Max (IRE) 53
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 N J Henderson P Carberry 155 20/121.00
8 314-111 Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow and Emerald Green halved sleeves, Purple cap Master Minded (FR) 53
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 175 2/13.00
9 113-223 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 45
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 160 10/111.00
10 122-332 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 53
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 Miss H C Knight R Thornton 170 8/19.00
11 1/101-11 White, Crimson hoops, Black cap Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 95
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 169 7/18.00

Verdict

The ground is surely the key here as Master Minded was well beaten on good ground last year when attempting a hat-trick in the race. His three victories this season have come on good to soft going and provided there is some juice in the ground he should be at home in the conditions. His short-head success over Somersby in the Victor Chandler at Ascot owed much to his idling in front after going well ahead on the far side of the track and allowing Henrietta Knight's charge to nearly snatch the spoils. BIG ZEB produced the run of his life to win this a year ago when he jumped superbly and loved the good ground. His latest defeat by Golden Silver should not be taken too literally and he should have no problems from Willie Mullins' charge but Sizing Europe is another matter. Arkle winners have an excellent record in this race and, though Henry De Bromhead's charge has been beaten four times since his brilliant success over Somersby a year ago including twice by Golden Silver, he's been primed for this and the going has come right for him. Woolcombe Folly, well beaten in the Arkle, has improved this season but is yet to convince at anywhere near this level.