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Arkle Challenge Trophy 2019 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.

2:10

Tuesday 12 March

Distance: 15f 199y Age: 5yo + Prize: £182640 Going: Soft

FORM SILKS HORSE AGE ODDS
ENTRY JOCKEY & TRAINER WGT
jockey silks ARTICULUM (IRE)
22 stars
9 11-4
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1 J: D. J. Mullins
T: Terence O'Brien, Ireland
Useful hurdler and, having chased home the odds-on Getabird on debut in this sphere at Punchestown, he jumped well when landing a 3-runner Navan maiden next time. This is much tougher, though.
jockey silks CLONDAW CASTLE (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-4
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2 J: Ciaran Gethings
T: Tom George
Ultimately well held on chase debut at Newbury in November but rapid progress since, winning small-field events from the front at Leicester and Huntingdon the last twice. Shouldn't be underestimated.
jockey silks DUC DES GENIEVRES (FR)
44 stars
6 11-4
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3 J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Smart novice hurdler last season and made it third time lucky over fences in fine style at Gowran (2½m). Drop back in trip unlikely to pose a problem and he has to be taken very seriously.
jockey silks GLEN FORSA (IRE)
55 stars
7 11-4
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4 J: Jonathan Burke
T: Mick Channon
Revelation since switched to fences, making it 3-3 in this sphere when brushing Kalashnikov aside in a Sandown Grade 2 (15.5f) last month. His sure-footed jumping will be an asset round here.
jockey silks HARDLINE (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-4
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5 J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Smart novice who took the notable scalp of Getabird in a Limerick Grade 1 on Boxing Day. Far from disgraced in the Flogas at Leopardstown next time and he's one for the shortlist.
jockey silks KALASHNIKOV (IRE)
33 stars
6 11-4
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6 J: Jack Quinlan
T: Amy Murphy
Smart hurdler (went close in Supreme Novices' Hurdle here 12 months ago) and easy winner of first 2 chase starts. However, blown away by Glen Forsa at Sandown last time and bit to prove now.
jockey silks KNOCKNANUSS (IRE)
33 stars
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7 J: Jamie Moore
T: Gary Moore
Emphatic winner of first 2 completed starts over fences prior to chasing home a smart type at Plumpton in January. Departed early in Irish Grade 1 since and arguably lacks the scope of some of these.
jockey silks LALOR (GER)
33 stars
7 11-4
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8 J: Richard Johnson
T: Kayley Woollacott
Grade 1 hurdles winner last term and fine start to chase career when landing the C&D trial for this race in November. Below par on soft ground at Sandown since and could do with the ground drying out.
jockey silks ORNUA (IRE)
33 stars
8 11-4
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9 J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
Has taken very well to fences, notching third success in this sphere in Roscommon Grade 3 in October. Fine second in the Henry VIII at Sandown last time and he's a live each-way contender.
jockey silks PALOMA BLUE (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-4
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10 J: Robbie Power
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
Good fourth in Supreme Novices' Hurdle at this meeting last year. Left chase debut well behind when scoring at Leopardstown (17f) in December but a more assured round of jumping will be needed here.
jockey silks SLATE HOUSE (IRE)
11 stars
7 11-4
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11 J: Harry Cobden
T: Colin Tizzard
Winner of Grade 2 novice hurdle here last term. Stepped up on previous chase efforts when runner-up over 19.8f at Newbury recently (first run following wind surgery) but this demands vast improvement.
jockey silks US AND THEM (IRE)
22 stars
6 11-4
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12 J: J. J. Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
Jumped with aplomb when opening chase account at Navan in November. Runner-up in graded company on each of his 3 subsequent starts and while more is certainly needed, he's not without each-way hope.

Analyst's Verdict

No novice chaser this season has looked more assured than GLEN FORSA in the jumping department. Indeed, he produced a power-packed display when making Kalashnikov look decidedly ordinary at Sandown and will take plenty of stopping here. Duc des Genievres is next on the list ahead of fellow Irish-raider Hardline.

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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 .

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 2018 to record a win in the 2018 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 2019 FAQs

What is the distance of the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

1 mile, seven furlongs And 199 yards.

How many fences 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?

£175,000 (2018)

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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