|Grade 2 race|
|Distance||2 miles (3,219 metres)|
|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
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 McCoy – Edredon Bleu (2001), Seebald (2003)
- Barry Geraghty – Cenkos (2002, 2004)
- Timmy Murphy – Well Chief (2005), Dempsey (2007)
- Ruby Walsh – Andreas (2008), Twist Magic (2009)
Leading trainer (4 wins):
- Paul Nicholls – Cenkos (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|
- Recurring sporting events established in 2001 – this race is included under its original title, Championship Chase.
- pedigreequery.com – Celebration Chase – Sandown.