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Arkle Challenge Trophy 2022 Racecard

The Arkle Challenge Trophy – sometimes known as just the ‘Arkle’ - is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase which takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March. In November 2020, it was announced that Sporting Life would be the new sponsor of the race.

2:10 Tue 15 Mar ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY

Distance: 15f 199y Age: 5yo + Prize: £182,125 Going: Good

Analyst's Verdict

The likeable EDWARDSTONE was foot perfect when making short work of smart opposition in the Kingmaker and can see off the Irish challenge, headed by Riviere d'Etel, who may have beaten Blue Lord at Leopardstown last time with a cleaner jump at the last. Haut En Couleurs came to grief early in that same Leopardstown race but is another who leaves the impression he can make his mark at this level.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. BLUE LORD (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-4
* * * *
* * * *
Smart novice hurdler last term and has made a perfect start over fences, making it 3-3 when fending off Riviere d'Etel by ½ length in Leopardstown Grade 1 last month. Bold bid looks assured.
2
jockey silks 2. BRAVE SEASCA (FR)
J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
7
11-4
* *
* *
Completed a handicap chase hat-trick this winter. Ran well again but seemed to have his limitations exposed when, in receipt of 5 lb, he was beaten 5¾ lengths by Edwardstone in Kingmaker at Warwick.
3
jockey silks 3. COEUR SUBLIME (IRE)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-4
* * *
* * *
Smart hurdler who ran very well behind Ferny Hollow on first 2 chase starts (including Grade 1 third) before making the most of a drop back to maiden company at Gowran. More to come from him.
4
jockey silks 4. EDWARDSTONE
J: Tom Cannon
T: Alan King
8
11-4
* * * * *
* * * * *
Has laid down his marker as a serious Arkle candidate with victories in Grade 1 Henry VIII at Sandown in December and Grade 2s at Kempton and Warwick since. Looks the one to beat.
5
jockey silks 5. GABYNAKO (FR)
J: Keith Donoghue
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
7
11-4
* *
* *
Excellent second to Beacon Edge in Grade 1 Drinmore at Fairyhouse (2½m) in November. Below-par third at Limerick on Boxing Day. Tongue tied first time. Shorter trip a worry. Supplemented for £8,000.
6
jockey silks 6. HAUT EN COULEURS (FR)
J: B. J. Cooper
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-4
* * * *
* * * *
Twice placed in Grade 1 company as a juvenile hurdler and made winning start over fences at Leopardstown over Christmas. Fell early in Grade 1 there since. Remains an exciting prospect.
7
jockey silks 7. RED ROOKIE
J: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle
7
11-4
*
*
Bumper/hurdle winner and quickly an even better chaser, bouncing back from a fall at Ascot to win a 2m Hereford novice in January. Open to further progress but this surely asking too much.
8
jockey silks 8. SAINT SAM (FR)
J: S. F. O'Keeffe
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-4
* * *
* * *
Last year's Fred Winter runner-up who made winning start over fences at Fairyhouse. Behind Blue Lord and Riviere d'Etel in Leopardstown Grade 1 since but that was a good run so early in chase career.
9
jockey silks 9. WAR LORD (GER)
J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
7
11-4
* * *
* * *
Only defeat in 4 chase starts came when 16 lengths second to Edwardstone in Henry VIII at Sandown in December. Likeable type but he'll surely come up short here.
10
jockey silks 10. MAGIC DAZE (IRE)
J: D. J. O'Keeffe
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
10-11
* * *
* * *
Easy winner of Cork maiden chase in November. Her jumping wasn't quite so polished when third in Grade 2 there next time but she remains open to progress for yard which won this with a mare in 2020.
11
jockey silks 11. RIVIERE D'ETEL (FR)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
10-11
* * * *
* * * *
Easily won first 3 starts over fences. Even better form when second in pair of Leopardstown Grade 1s since, going down by ½ length to Blue Lord latterly (may have won but for mistake last). Player.

Betting Forecast : 10/3 3.33 EDWARDSTONE, 4/1 4 BLUE LORD, 5/1 5 RIVIERE D'etel, 7/1 7 HAUT EN COULEURS, 8/1 8 SAINT SAM, 11/1 11 MAGIC DAZE, 20/1 20 GABYNAKO, 25/1 25 COEUR SUBLIME, 40/1 40 BRAVE SEASCA, 50/1 50 WAR LORD, 100/1 100 RED ROOKIE

First run in 1969 as a replacement for the Cotswold Chase, a previous event at the Cheltenham Festival which had been around since 1946, the race’s title pays tribute to Arkle, a three-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the mid-1960s.

In its first year, the race was worth £1,365, and was won by Chatham (10/1), trained by Fred Rimell and ridden by Terry Biddlecombe. In comparison, the 2019 renewal will carry a total prize fund of £175,000, with connections of the winning horse receiving nearly £100,000 alone.

The Arkle Challenge Trophy has a history of being won multiple times by trainers and jockeys - Martin Pipe notched up successive wins with Or Royal in 1997 and Champleve in 1998, before Well Chief in 2004 and Contraband a year later gave him two more wins, with the latter beating 18 other horses.

A.P. McCoy equalled Jamie Osborne’s three wins in 2004 when scoring on Well Chief, having also been aboard Or Royal and Champleve. Now a trainer, Osborne recorded a hat-trick as a jockey between 1992 and 1994, on Young Pokey, Travado, and Nakir for three different trainers, Oliver Sherwood, Nicky Henderson and Simon Christian.

Henderson is the leading trainer in the race, his six victories spanning 27 years - Remittance Man (1991), Travado (1993), Tiutchev (2000), Sprinter Sacre (2012), Simonsig (2013) and Altior (2017).

As a result of Henderson’s success, Barry Geraghty – who rides most horses for the yard - is the leading rider in the race having registered four victories, with Moscow Flyer (2002), Forpadytheplasterer (2009), Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig .

Although Sprinter Sacre produced an excellent performance when winning the 2012 Arkle Challenge Trophy, the best Arkle Challenge Trophy winners since the turn of the century have generally been trained in Ireland.

Willie Mullins has dominated the race in recent years, thanks to victories for Un de Sceaux in 2015, Douvan in 2016 and Footpad in 2018, all of whom produced top-class performances on Timeform’s scale and were ridden by Ruby Walsh . Mullins added another in 2019 – courtesy of Duc des Genievres – though he was ridden by Paul Townend.

The Nicky Henderson-trained Altior interrupted the winning run of Mullins, and while his performance wasn’t as good, he successfully returned to the Cheltenham Festival in both 2018 and 2019 to record wins in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Indeed, the Arkle Challenge Trophy brings together the best two-mile novice chasers, so it’s only natural that many will go on to become the best two-mile chasers when stepping out of novice company the following season.

Since the turn of the century, six horses have managed the double, namely Moscow Flyer (2002/2003), Azertyuiop (2003/2004), Voy Por Ustedes (2006/2007), Sizing Europe (2010/2011), Sprinter Sacre (2012/2013, and Altior (2017/2018).

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Arkle Challenge Trophy 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

1 mile, seven furlongs And 199 yards.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

13

What day of the festival is the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

Day 1

What time is the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

14:10

What weights are carried for the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

11st 4lb. 7lb allowance for mares.

What is the purse for the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

£125,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Arkle Challenge Trophy*?

Barry Geraghty

Who is the leading trainer in the Arkle Challenge Trophy*?

Nicky Henderson

Who won the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

You can check out our Arkle Challenge Trophy results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

Click the link to visit our Arkle Challenge Trophy Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1946

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