Celebration Chase

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Celebration Chase
Grade One race
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Inaugurated2001
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Bet365
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance1m 7f 119yd (3,126 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Weight11 st 7 lb
Allowances
7 lb for mares
Purse £115,000 (2021)
1st: £65,493
Celebration Chase
2019
Owner Mrs Patricia Pugh.svg Owner Mr S Munir.svg Owner Crossed Fingers Partnership.svg
AltiorSceau RoyalGod's Own
Previous years
2018
Owner Mrs Patricia Pugh.svg Owner Mr P J Vogt.svg Owner Crossed Fingers Partnership.svg
AltiorSan BenedetoGod's Own
2017
Owner Mrs Patricia Pugh.svg Owner Mrs S Rowley-Williams.svg Owner Mr P J Vogt.svg
AltiorSpecial TiaraSan Benedeto
2016
Owner Mrs Caroline Mould.svg Owner Edward O'Connell.svg Owner Mr Martin Broughton.svg
Sprinter SacreUn De SceauxDodging Bullets
2015
Owner Mrs S Rowley-Williams.svg Owner Mrs Caroline Mould.svg Owner Mr John P McManus.svg
Special TiaraSprinter SacreMr Mole
2014
Owner The Preston Family and Friends Ltd.svg Owner Falcons Line Ltd.svg Owner Mrs S Rowley-Williams.svg
Sire De GrugyPepite RoseSpecial Tiara
2013
Owner The Preston Family and Friends Ltd.svg Owner Mr Michael Buckley.svg Owner Mrs Diana Whateley.svg
Sire De GrugyFinian's RainbowWishfull Thinking
2012
Owner Mr Jared Sullivan.svg Owner Mrs T P Radford.svg Owner Mr Stuart M Mercer.svg
SanctuaireSomersbyDan Breen
2011
Owner Mr Lynn Wilson.svg Owner Mr T S Palin.svg Owner Mr D A Gascoigne.svg
French OperaChaninbarCornas
2010-2001
2010
Owner Mr R S Brookhouse.svg Owner Mr Terry Warner.svg Owner Mr B N Fulton.svg
I'm So LuckyOiseau de NuitTwist Magic
2009
Owner Barry Fulton Tony Hayward Michael Lynch.svg Owner Mrs J Morgan.svg Owner Mrs Lorna Berryman.svg
Twist MagicKalahari KingMahogany Blaze
2008
Owner Mr Trevor Hemmings.svg Owner Mrs Karola Vann.svg Owner Stall Jenny.svg
AndreasLord HenryFiepes Shuffle
2007
Owner Mrs T Brown.svg Owner The Stewart Family.svg Owner Mr W J Brown.svg
DempseyHoo La BalooTysou
2006
Owner Mrs S Rowley-Williams.svg Owner Mr Tony Fisher and Mrs Jeni Fisher.svg Owner Mr D A Johnson.svg
River CityNyrcheContraband
2005
Owner Mr D A Johnson.svg Owner Mr J Hales.svg Owner Mr D A Johnson.svg
Well ChiefAzertyuiopContraband
2004
Owner The Stewart Family.svg Owner Mr Jim Lewis.svg Owner Sir Eric Parker.svg
CenkosImpekGot One Too
2003
Owner The Macca and Growler Partnershi.svg Owner The Stewart Family.svg Owner Mr D A Johnson.svg
SeebaldCenkosWahiba Sands
2002
Owner The Stewart Family.svg Owner E Gutner and M Krysztofiak Racing.svg Owner Mr Jim Lewis.svg
CenkosFlagship UberallesEdredon Bleu
2001
Owner Mr Jim Lewis.svg Owner Sir R. Ogden.svg Owner Frank W Golding.svg
Edredon BleuFadalkoDesert Mountain
 

The Celebration Chase is a Grade One National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 1 mile 7½ furlongs (1 mile, 7 furlongs and 119 yards, or 3,126 metres), and during its running there are thirteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in late April.

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History

The event has its origins in 2001, when the Cheltenham Festival was cancelled due to a foot-and-mouth crisis. Replacements for some of the Festival's races were held at Sandown in late April, and the equivalent of the Queen Mother Champion Chase was a Grade 1 event called the Championship Chase.

The following year the race returned as the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Celebration Chase, in memory of the Queen Mother (1900–2002), who frequently attended racing at Sandown. The event was downgraded to Class B level, but it continued to attract high quality chasers. It was promoted to Grade Two status in 2005, and at this point its title was shortened to the Celebration Chase.

The race is currently sponsored by Bet365, and it takes place at a meeting which features both jump and flat races. Other events at this meeting include the Bet365 Gold Cup, the Gordon Richards Stakes and the Sandown Mile. The Celebration Chase was upgraded to Grade One by the British Horseracing Board from its 2014 running. [1]

Records

Most successful horse (3 wins):

Leading jockey (4 wins):

Leading trainer (6 wins):

Winners

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
2001 Edredon Bleu 9 Tony McCoy Henrietta Knight
2002 Cenkos 8 Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls
2003 Seebald 8 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2004 Cenkos 10 Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls
2005 Well Chief 6 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2006 River City 9 Tom Doyle Noel Chance
2007 Dempsey 9 Timmy Murphy Carl Llewellyn
2008 Andreas 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 Twist Magic 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 I'm So Lucky 8 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2011 French Opera 8 Tony McCoy Nicky Henderson
2012 Sanctuaire 6 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2013 Sire de Grugy 7 Jamie Moore Gary Moore
2014 Sire de Grugy 8 Jamie Moore Gary Moore
2015 Special Tiara 8 Noel Fehily Henry De Bromhead
2016 Sprinter Sacre 10 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2017 Altior 7 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2018 Altior 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2019 Altior 9 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
no race 2020 [lower-alpha 1]
2021Greaneteen7 Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls
  1. The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom [2]

See also

Related Research Articles

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Altior is an Irish-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who competes in National Hunt races. After winning one of his three National Hunt Flat races he was unbeaten in five hurdle races including the Sharp Novices' Hurdle and Supreme Novices' Hurdle. In the 2016/2017 National Hunt season he won six consecutive steeplechases including the Henry VIII Novices' Chase, Wayward Lad Novices' Chase, Game Spirit Chase, Arkle Challenge Trophy and the Celebration Chase.

References

  1. "British Horseracing Authority Announces Upgrades to Jump Pattern Races for 2013/14". Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.