The Champion Chase is the main feature of the second day of the Cheltenham Festivaland there will be plenty of twists and turns in the lead up to the 2013 renewal. We've listed the main trial races so you assess the form of each of the main contenders.
|Result||Down Royal - 3rd Nov 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Cristal Bonus 2/1||6||D Jacob||P Nicholls|
|2nd||Jacksonslady 5/1||7||P Carberry||J Dempsey|
Six year old Cristal Bonus took the spoils for Paul Nicholls winning by nine lengths at Down Royal. This wasn't the strongest of races and the win didn't see any sizebale move in the Champion Chase betting or the Ryanair Chase.
|Result||Exeter - 6th Nov 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Cue Card 5/6F||6||J Tizzard||C Tizzard|
|2nd||Edgardo Sol 4/1||5||R Walsh||P Nicholls|
This was an impressive 20+ length win for the Colin Tizzard trained Cue Card who was clipped in for the Queen Mother Champion Chase as a result. The feeling is the horse will run in the King George over three miles, so time will tell whether the two mile champion race will be on the schedule come March.
|Result||Navan - 11th Nov 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Flemenstar 10/11F||7||A Lynch||P Casey|
|2nd||Big Zeb 9/2||11||R Power||C Murphy|
It's highly likely that the winner Flemenstar will be campaigned over longer tips than two miles and he is amongst the favourites for the Gold Cup next March. This was an impressive win however with excellent jumping he lead from the off and beat the ex-Champion Chaser Big Zeb by seven lengths in the end.
|Result||Sandown - 8th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Sprinter Sacre 4/11F||6||B Geraghty||N Henderson|
|2nd||Kumbeshwar 25/1||5||W Hutchinson||A King|
|3rd||Sanctuaire 11/4||6||R Walsh||P Nicholls|
This was as an emphatic win you could imagine for the Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Sprinter Sacre who won by fifteen lengths on the bridle. He's now as short as 1/2 favourite for next March's champion two mile chase.
|Result||Kempton - 27th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Sanctuaire 11/8F||6||R Walsh||P Nicholls|
|2nd||Kumbeshwar 5/1||5||W Hutchinson||A King|
Sanctuaire bounced back from his defeat in the Tingle Creek to score at Kempton and remains one of the market leaders behind the favourite for next March's Champion Chase.
|Result||Leopardstown - 27th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Sizing Europe 1/3F||10||A Lynch||H De Bromhead|
|2nd||Rubi Light 7/1||7||D Russell||R Hennessy|
Sizing Europe made it three straight wins this season and is a general second favourite to regain the Champion Chase title next March.
|Result||Cheltenham - 26th Jan 2013||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Sprinter Sacre 1/5F||7||B Geraghty||N Henderson|
|2nd||Mad Moose 50/1||9||S Twiston-Davies||N Twiston-Davies|
The race was re-routed to Cheltenham and this was a sizzling performance from Sprinter Sacre who furthered his growing reputation.
|Result||Punchestown - 3rd Feb 2013||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Sizing Europe 1/8F||11||A Lynch||H De Bromhead|
|2nd||Foildubh 9/1||9||P Carberry||J P Ryan|
The 2011 Champion Chase winner Sizing Europe was an easy winner of this race for the second successive year and remains a general third favourite for the 2012 renewal of the Queen Mother.
|Result||Newbury - 9th Feb 2013||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Wishfull Thinking 4/1||10||R Johnson||P Hobbs|
|2nd||French Opera 9/4F||10||B Geraghty||N Henderson|
This was a fine win for the ten your old who stayed on fast at the end to pip the favourite. He's likely to run in the Ryanair over the Queen Mother however at Cheltenham.
|Result||Ascot - 16th Feb 2013||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
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Check the form for the other main championship races at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival:
Arkle Form | Albert Bartlett Form| Champion Bumper Form | Champion Hurdle Form | Mares Hurdle Form | Gold Cup Form | Jewson Form | Challenge Cup Form | Neptune Form | RSA Form | Ryanair Form | Supreme Form | Triumph Form | World Hurdle Form