BetVictor unveiled as new sponsor for Cheltenham’s Queen Mother Champion Chase

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BetVictor was today announced as the new sponsor of three top two-mile chases run in Britain – the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, The Tingle Creek at Sandown Park and Exeter’s Haldon Gold Cup.

The Grade One Queen Mother Champion Chase is the highlight of the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, and was won in imperious fashion by Sprinter Sacre in 2013. This season’s renewal is on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

BetVictor is also sponsoring two races on the road to Cheltenham – the Grade Two Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday, November 5 and the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday, December 7. Sprinter Sacre also won the Tingle Creek Chase last season, while the 2012 Haldon Gold Cup scorer, Cue Card, took the Grade One Ryanair Chase at The Festival.

Peter McNeile, Head of Sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse, said: “I am thrilled that BetVictor will be sponsoring three such tremendous two-mile chases during the Jump season.

“The Haldon Gold Cup is the first of the major races over this distance and, with the BetVictor Tingle Creek being a primary target for Sprinter Sacre in December, it’s a great time for BetVictor to get involved in these type of races.

“Sprinter Sacre has the potential to become one of the most high-profile champions of the Jump racing world. I hope that we will be witnessing more impressive performances from him over the season, culminating in him going for successive BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chases at The Festival.”

Rupert Trevelyan, Regional Director of the London Region of Jockey Club Racecourses, added: “The Tingle Creek is one of the most high-profile Jump races that Sandown Park hosts during the season and it is great news that BetVictor are sponsoring the race in December.

“With the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase being a target for back-to-back victories for Sprinter Sacre it looks set to be as thrilling as ever. The last horse to accomplish this was Kauto Star and we all know what he went on to do!”

Charlie McCann of BetVictor commented: “We are delighted to lend our name and support to three such fantastic and prestigious races culminating in the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase next March.

“We are looking forward to the likelihood of seeing Colin Tizzard’s star Cue Card make his reappearance in the BetVictor Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter next month, and that of the Champion Chaser Sprinter Sacre in the BetVictor Tingle Creek in December.

“The latter is looking to join such greats of the turf as Moscow Flyer and Kauto Star to win the Sandown feature back-to-back and we can’t wait to begin what we hope will be a long and happy association with all three tracks.”

BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase – BetVictor Bet: 1/4 Sprinter Sacre, 5/1 Simonsig, 14/1 Flemenstar, 16/1 Captain Conan, 25/1 Bar

Non Runner, Free Bet; EW 1/4  – 1, 2, 3

Betting without Sprinter Sacre – BetVictor Bet: 7/4 Simonsig, 4/1 Flemenstar, 5/1 Captain Conan, 8/1 Sire De Grugy, 10/1 Arvika Ligeonniere, 10/1 Baily Green, 10/1 Sizing Europe, 10/1 Finians Rainbow, 12/1 Bar

Non Runner, Free Bet; EW 1/5 – 1, 2, 3

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