Day Two

Style Wednesday

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Style Wednesday takes Cheltenham Festival in an extravagant direction on day two. A celebration of fashion and jump racing finesse, Style Wednesday offers unmissable action both on and off the turf.

Like the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, seven races are scheduled on day two, most notably the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 15:30. Named after royalty, this race is easily one of the standout contests of the entire festival.

From the opening 13:30 Novices’ Hurdle to the 17:30 Champion Bumper, expect competitive Style Wednesday betting odds for each race across our outstanding sportsbook. Here is the full race schedule for day two of Cheltenham:

  • 13:30 – Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
  • 14:10 – Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
  • 14:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap)
  • 15:30 – The Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
  • 16:10 – Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase
  • 16:50 – Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap)
  • 17:30 – The Champion Bumper (Grade 1)

*Please note that all timings are subject to change.

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History of Style Wednesday

Style Wednesday is also referred to as ‘Ladies’ Day’ with attendees flocking to the racecourse in their best clothing as part of the festivities. Members of the British royal family are often in attendance on this day alongside various people of influence. While Cheltenham fashion is often the talk of the town, it is the Queen Mother Champion Chase that draws the most attention on day two.

Originally known as the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase, the Queen Mother Champion Chase quickly rose to prominence in horse racing. The name of the event changed in 1980 to commemorate the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday. She owned many successful horses over the years, including Game Spirit, the runner-up of the 1976 Champion Chase.

Badsworth Boy is the most successful horse to compete in the Queen Mother Champion Chase with an impressive hat-trick of wins from 1983 to 1985, an impressive statistic considering 10 other horses have claimed back-to-back wins without recording a third. The high-flying Energumene is the most recent example, having won in 2022 and 2023.

Jockeys are a different story, with both Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty winning the trophy five times each. For those interested in Cheltenham day two betting, it’s worth highlighting that Paul Townend has won the past two times aboard the aforementioned Energumene.

What is the big race of the day?

Style Wednesday is a celebration of speed, style and sophistication with no race embodying this trinity more than the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to horses aged five or older.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes place at 15:30. For the latest Queen Mother Champion Chase prices, see our Style Wednesday betting odds.

Style Wednesday winners over the years

Winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase are in a prestigious class of their own. Here are the last 10 winners and their jockeys:

  • 2023 – Energumene (Paul Townend)
  • 2022 – Energumene (Paul Townend)
  • 2021 – Put The Kettle On (Aidan Coleman)
  • 2020 – Politologue (Harry Skelton)
  • 2019 – Altior (Nico de Boinville)
  • 2018 – Altior (Nico de Boinville)
  • 2017 – Special Tiara (Noel Fehily)
  • 2016 – Sprinter Sacre (Nico de Boinville)
  • 2015 – Dodging Bullets (Sam Twiston-Davies)
  • 2014 – Sire De Grugy (Jamie Moore)

Style Wednesday betting tips.

We recommend reading our Style Wednesday betting tips to learn more about what to expect on day two of the competition alongside our predictions for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the other incredible contests taking place.

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