QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASES of the 1980's (1980-1989)
One of the things that sets the Queen Mother Champion Chase apart from other chases at the Cheltenham Festival is the distance run in the race. The field of competitors (five-years-old and up) run over the minimum permitted steeplechase race distance of two miles, giving the race real pace. This is a race that really gets the crowd going and sets every racing fan across the globe into overdrive. Speed, speed and more speed is what is required to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase so these are horses that have a serious turn of foot and the winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase will undoubtedly be a speedy type and a quick jumper.
When you are watching the Queen Mother Champion Chase, it is staggering to see the speed at which the horses travel over what is classed as the most prestigious two-mile chasing race across Europe. Entrants to the race over the years include household names and legends of the jumps racing world, so this is the cream of the two-mile racing fraternity and often looked upon as the most exciting race of the Cheltenham Festival.
The event was established and first run in 1959, and it was originally called the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase. It was given its present title in 1980 - the year of the Queen Mother's 80th birthday - in recognition of her unwavering support for the annual festival and to the sport of jump racing; she was a regular attendee of both the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National. Organizers of the Cheltenham Festival felt it a fitting tribute to run the race every year in her honor. The Queen Mother was a pure racing enthusiast and up until her death she was always on hand to give out the trophy at Cheltenham each season. She was a successful owner of 500 winning horses over the course of her life, particularly chasers, and among these was GAME SPIRIT - the runner-up of this race in 1976. Chasers owned by the Queen Mother were notable due to the blue striped silks worn by jockeys representing the former Queen of England.
There have been a number of multiple winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase with one of the most famous being BADSWORTH BOY who dominated the race in the 1980's. The horse won the race three years in a row from 1983 to 1985 for the Dickinson family and he remains the most successful horse in the history of the race.
Re-live the Queen Mother Champion Chases from the decade of the 80's (1980-1989) all in their entirety from gate to wire.
Here are the top finishers from each year shown in this compilation:
1980: 1) CHINRULLAH** 2) ANOTHER DOLLY (**CHINRULLAH finished first but was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance from contaminated feed)
1981: 1) DRUMGORA 2) ANAGLOGS DAUGHTER 3) STOPPED
1982: 1) RATTGORMAN 2) CHINRULLAH 3) DRUMGORA
1983: 1) BADSWORTH BOY 2) ARTIFICE 3) NEWS KING
1984: 1) BADSWORTH BOY 2) LITTLE BAY 3) ARTIFICE
1985: 1) BADSWORTH BOY 2) FAR BRIDGE 3) KYOTO
1986: 1) BUCK HOUSE 2) VERY PROMISING 3) KATHIES LAD
1987: 1) PEARLYMAN 2) VERY PROMISING 3) DESERT ORCHID
1988: 1) PEARLYMAN 2) DESERT ORCHID 3) VERY PROMISING
1989: 1) BARNBROOK AGAIN 2) ROYAL STAG 3) BEAU RANGER
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