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Arkle Challenge Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 1)

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The Arkle Challenge Trophy is the champion two mile chase for novices. A race for the speedsters, with many former top hurdlers taking this route. The Arkle provides a total of twelve fences for the competitors to tackle which can be a tough ask for these novice chasers as the contest is generally run at a quick pace. Footpad was spectacular last season, justifying short price favouritism in fine style. Read below our Arkle Challenge race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.


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2019 CHELTENHAM DAY 1 TIPS AND PREDICTIONS 

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ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY BETTING PREVIEW 

Known as the Champion Chase for novices, the Arkle Trophy is one of the main races on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, boasting a prize fund of £130,000. This race has been won in the past by the likes of Moscow Flyer, Azertyuiop, Sizing Europe and Sprinter Sacre, all of whom went on to land the Champion Chase at subsequent Festivals. Nicky Henderson was denied a seventh win in this race last year as 5/6 favourite Footpad beat Brain Power into second place.

As with all other races on Day 1, the Arkle Challenge Trophy is run left-handed on the Old Course at Cheltenham. It is open to novice chasers and is for five-year-olds and upwards.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Arkle Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

GLEN FORSA has been impressive in all three wins this season. He won at Chepstow and Kempton before landing the rearranged Kingmaker Chase at Sandown last time out when comfortably holding the long odds on Kalashnikov..

LALOR was caught out by the very soft conditions in December at Sandown but boasts some of the classiest form on show in the race. Prior to that, he made a brilliant transition to chasing when winning over this course and distance in November, jumping and travelling strongly before asserting up the hill

DUC DE GENIEVRES was 5th behind Samcro last year in the Ballymore and the JLT has always been on his agenda. But he has now a good form following an impressive win last time out over 2m4f.


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PALOMA BLUE was not far behind Kalashnikov in the Supreme Novices last season when he finished 4th. However, he hasn’t impressed in the jumping department so far and will have needed to have improved since he was last seen over Christmas.

KALASHNIKOV ran a blinder at the 2018 Festival when just denied in the Supreme Novice hurdle by Summerville Boy. He was beaten last time out by Dynamite Dollars when a very short priced favourite at Kempton. This followed two easy victories at Warwick and Plumpton.

HARDLINE is already a Grade One winner this season, having seen off the much vaunted Getabird at Limerick over Christmas and boasts three wins out of 5 runs this season - on a variety of ground conditions. The longer trip seemed to stretch him last time when a good 3rd behind La Bague Au Roi at the Dublin Racing Festival, so dropping back to two miles will definitely suit.

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Other possible contenders?

KNOCKNANUSS was disappointing on his debut at Plumpton but won his next two outings in emphatic style. He then was beaten by the French horse Master Dino back at Plumpton over 19f but remains a possible contenders.

US AND THEM has improved since being beaten by Hardline at Navan in December. He has chased Le Richebourg home in the last two runnings, so he could be the dark horse here.

ORNUA is 3 from 7 over fences this season. His best run was at Sandown when finishing second to Dynamite Dollars in the Henry VIII Chase back in December.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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ARKLE CHALLENGE TRENDS 

  • Each of the last four winners were odds-on favourites
  • 18 of the last 19 winners returned 9/1 or shorter
  • The last 9 winners won last time out (plus 14 of the last 18)
  • 12 of the last 14 winners had won (or been placed) at Cheltenham before
  • 9 of the last 10 renewals have been won by six or 7-year-olds
  • Willie Mullins has trained three of the last four winners
  • Only 1 winner since 2000 won with headgear

ARKLE CHALLENGE PREDICTIONS 

Find below our betting tips on the Arkle 2019. Feel free to copy our Cheltenham predictions and get the best odds available on the market by clicking the 'Bet' button!

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