Energumene wins the Queen Mom Champion Chase at Cheltenham, after holding off Captain Guinness and Greaneteen… as Edwardstone fails to ship on Day Two by ending fifth
Energumene defended his Betway Queen Mom Champion Chase crown in imperious model at Cheltenham – routing the opposition to turn out to be the primary back-to-back winner of the day two characteristic since Altior in 20018 and 2019.
Solely third within the Clarence Home Chase behind reopposing pair Editeur Du Gite and Edwardstone, he arrived on the Competition with some extent to show.
Backed into 6-5 favorite because the rain continued to pour all through the afternoon, his supporters would have had barely a second of fear as he produced a efficiency of actual dominance to mild up a dark second day.
In a change of techniques, Energumene was ridden forwards by Paul Townend – eager to maintain tabs on Niall Houlihan on the front-running Editeur Du Gite.
Travelling with actual zest, Townend was a picture of supreme confidence after 4 out on the similar level Rachael Blackmore aboard Captain Guinness and Edwardstone had been starting to seem in Energumene’s wing mirrors.
Energumene and jockey Paul Townend claimed victory at Cheltenham on Day Two
Energumene defended his Queen Mom Champion Chase crown with ease on Wednesday
Nevertheless, the writing was on the wall for the nine-year-old’s rivals from the second Energumene poked his nostril in entrance on the third-last and with Editeur Du Gite and Edwardstone quickly crushed off, it was left to Captain Guinness to chase house Energumene in useless as Townend requested his mount to stretch clear.
Owned by Brighton & Hove Albion supremo Tony Bloom, Energumene returned a 10-length successful verdict again to Captain Guinness in second and having given Willie Mullins a primary Champion Chase success 12 months in the past, he took the grasp of Closutton’s total Cheltenham tally to 92 Competition winners.
Queen Mom Champion Chase outcome
1 Energumene (P Townend) 6-5 Fav
2 Captain Guinness (Rachael Blackmore) 12-1
3 Greaneteen (H Cobden) 25-1