Arkle Challenge betting tips, predictions, preview and free bets (DAY 1 - March 13, 2018)

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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. Altior 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 2018 Cheltenham Festival.


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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.

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 Trophy and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

FOOTPAD has separated himself from the novice chasing posse with three brilliant displays this season. Following an impressive success at Navan on his chasing bow, he beat the highly-rated Death Duty to win a Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas and was again too good back few weeks ago at that track beating Petit Mouchoir by five-lengths.

SAINT CALVADOS has done nothing wrong in his first two starts over the bigger obstacles. He won two handicaps by a combined distance of nineteen lengths then took a step up in class in his stride when bolting up in the Kingmaker at Warwick which is a good trial for this.

PETIT MOUCHOIR made a very impressive debut over fences at Punchestown in October but last time out he was second to Footpad. He was third in the Champion Hurdle last season and looks to be the number one Gigginstown Stud runner.

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BRAIN POWER was a high class hurdler last season. He made a fabulous start to his chasing career with a romp around Kempton in November when he was allowed to dominate from the front and he wasn't done with when unseating in the Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown in December.  In January he was in the process of chasing home Un De Sceaux in the Clarence House Chase until falling late on

ROBINSHILL won twice in handicap chases earlier in the season at Ludlow, but he struggled at Ascot when last seen and was pulled up. He looks well behind his rivals in this race.

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  • Only 5 favourites in the last 24 runnings of the Arkle have won the race
  • 16 of the last 17 winners returned 9/1 or shorter
  • 11 of the last 13 winners had won (or been placed) at Cheltenham before
  • 27 of the last 27 winners finished either first or second in the last race before the festival.
  • Only 3 of the last 26 winners were older than 7 years-old
  • 5 of the last 6 winners have been rated 160 or higher coming in to the race
  • French bred horses have won 10 of the last 20 runnings.

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