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We have all the latest odds and free bets on the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which is one of the highlights of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, as Sprinter Sacre and Finians Rainbow once again line up against each other at Prestbury Park.
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Regarded as the pinnacle race of the two-mile chasing division, the Champion Chase is the feature race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.
The two-mile extravaganza was first run in 1959 and is one of the oldest races to be run at the Cheltenham Festival. The history of the race is very much associated with the Queen Mother. Cheltenham decided to celebrate the Queen Mother 80 th Birthday in 1980 by naming the race after the Monarch. Ever since the name has stuck and the race is officially called the Queen Mother Champion Chase. As a show of respect the Royal family are always on hand to present the successful connections with their prize in the winners' enclosure after each year's renewal.
Unsurprisingly, some of the greatest equine athletes of the National Hunt scene have made their mark in this race. The standout, in terms of race wins, is Badsworth Boy, who successfully defended his crown twice on the way to three glorious wins in the race between 1983 and 1985.
Ten horses have doubled up, with the likes of Royal Relief (1972 and 1974), Pearlyman (1987 and 1988) and more recently Master Minded (2008 and 2009) etching themselves into the legacy of the Festival with some spine-tingling performances.
The previous year's Arkle Chase is usually a brilliant guide to assessing future winners of this event and with the extremely exciting Sprinter Sacre winning the novice championship last year, there is a huge chance that the 2013 renewal could be one of the races of the Festival.The thought of the novice generation meeting the big-hitters of the all-aged division is a mouth-watering prospect. The first and second from 2012, Finian's Rainbow and Sizing Europe, will be back and it will be fascinating how their fare against a novice generation that is being touted as one of the most talented for at least 20 years.