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Celebration Chase

Grade 2 race
Celebration Chase
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Inaugurated 2001
Race type Chase
Sponsor Bet365
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 2 lb
7 lb for mares
Penalties for wins
4 lb for Grade 1 chase *
* in last 18 months
Purse £75,000 (2010)
1st: £42,758

The Celebration Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are thirteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in late April.



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 2 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.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Cenkos – 2002, 2004

Leading jockey (2 wins):

  • Tony McCoyEdredon Bleu (2001), Seebald (2003)
  • Ruby WalshAndreas (2008), Twist Magic (2009)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Paul NichollsCenkos (2002, 2004), Andreas (2008), Twist Magic (2009)







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

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 2001 – this race is included under its original title, Championship Chase.



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