We have seen some spectacular horses win the Arkle in recent seasons: Sprinter Sacre and Dovan just to name a couple. This race always produces excitement with novice two-milers tearing around Prestbury Park to become a champion.
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1 contest for novice chasers on Tuesday 12th March at 14:10pm.
This 2-mile race, commonly known as the Arkle, has produced some notable winners in recent times with the likes of Un de Sceaux in 2015, Douvan in 2016, Altior in 2017 and Footpad in 2018 to name just a few.
With 31 entries confirmed for the 2019 Arkle trophy, it may come as a surprise that none of those belong to Nicky Henderson, who, has dominated this race in the past, and is the leading
trainer with 8 victories to his name.
The Arkle Tips
Tips, runners, riders and the odds: Just to ‘Whetten the Appetite’ a little more…!
Just the second race in and the Arkle has plenty to offer and, despite disappointing at Sandown recently when finishing 3rd, Lalor seems to share early market favouritism at odds of 5/1 along with Kalashnikov, who, also disappointed last time out at Kempton when finishing 2nd.
A notable Market Mover early on is Defi Du Seuil, trained by J P McManus, who opened-up at 14/1 and has been backed into 10/1. Could be worth an Each Way shout.
This year’s Arkle is one of the most open Grade 1 races at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.
Nevertheless, My Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase Hot Tip is for another J P McManus entry in the shape of Le Richebourg, especially if jockey Barry Geraghty is confirmed who has won this race a record 4 times – Only Ruby Walsh has equalled this record.
Opening up at 7/1, Le Richebourg offers great value in the market at this moment and if that is not enough, his only defeat in his four Chase starts was to Delta Work by just a half-length in a Grade 1 Drinmore Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse back in December – No shame there then!
KEEPING TABS: Le Richebourg has an Irish Arkle entry at Leopardstown in February, should he win that, he would very much be a clear favourite for this year’s Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy.
The Arkle is well known as a race where one horse usually sets a strong pace which would suit the selection down to the ground. Other notable entries worth each way shouts would have to go to Winter Escape (Currently 10/1) and for the British contingent, Dynamite Dollars (Currently 6/1).
One thing is for sure, this wide-open race is set to be a cracker!
Hot Tip: Le Richebourg 7/1 Market Mover: Defi Du Seuil from 14/1 to 10/1