The leading international online betting and casino company Betway, is the new sponsor of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, one of the highlights of The Festival at Cheltenham next March.
Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to make the announcement and reveals that the feature of the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, will be backed by Betway for at least three years.
The Grade One chase, run over two miles and 13 fences, was won in great style last season by Sire De Grugy, trained by Gary Moore, ridden by Jamie Moore and owned by the Preston family & friends, after 11 runners lined up in March, 2014.
The Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre, the 2013 victor in imperious fashion, makes his comeback this season and both horses could take each other on in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Ian Renton, Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Betway to Cheltenham as the sponsor of the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the next three years.
“This is Betway’s first venture into race sponsorship and it is great news that they have chosen to work with us at Cheltenham on such a high-profile race as the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.”
Last weeks impressive Redcar winner Puissant looks a very smart young horse judged on his maiden win last Friday, Marco Botti’s Galileo colt looks capable of holding his own in better company next season at three.
Together Forever landed the (Group 1) Fillies Mile at Newmarket last week and is now 20/1 for the 1,000 Guineas next May.
Kieren Fallon plans to move to the states before the flat season closes its door’s. The 49 year old six-time champion said ”I have always wanted to go to the America, I’d like to go back to California to try and get the buzz back.”
It was great to see Lady Cecil in the winners circle at Ascot on Saturday when Noble Mission landed the Champion Stakes for Warren Place beating Al Kazeem in a driving finish, I bet Sir Henry was looking down from his big cloud with a tear in his eye it was a great day.
The New One was back with a bang at Kempton on Sunday landing the odds of 2/11 with ease in the Listed William Hill Hurdle and is now 4/1 for the Stan James Champion Hurdle come March at the Cheltenham festival.
I have backed Main Sequence E/W at 7/1 anti-post for the Breeders’ Cup, which is run at Santa Anita on November 1.
The David Pipe trained Dynaste will go very close at Aintree on Saturday in the Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase.
Yours in sport
Kevan Minter – The Colonel