Queen Mother Champion Chase Odds
Jumping big fences at speed is a tough ask and is the acid test posed by the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Getting in too close to a fence or not getting high enough can often prove decisive in the 2m race because of the pure speed the horses are travelling. The common argument would be to slow down for a fence to complete a safer jump, but this could also prove damaging if it results in too much ground being lost on the remainder of the field.
Master Minded has lit up the Queen Mother Champion Chase odds in recent years
Looking back over the last decade, Moscow Flyer and Master Minded have both shown their class in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, with their supreme jumping over the 12 fences often proving too much for their competition.
However, it is Sizing Europe who is the reigning champion, having made the successful progression from hurdles to jumps. Connections have also finally settled on 2m being the right distance for the horse, having previously considered him to be a better stayer and perhaps be a future contender in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds.
Sizing Europe to be challenged by last year’s novices
When looking at the main competition to Sizing Europe in the Queen Mother Champion Chase odds, the big threat may come from last season’s novice chasers, who are moving into better company. Captain Chris could be a threat if connections do not decide to step him up in distance, while a big season could come from highly-rated Nicky Henderson runner Finian’s Rainbow.