The Arkle Novices' Chase 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. Last year Willie Mullins' El Fabiolo justified 11/10 favoritism scoring an impressive 5 lengths victory. Who will win this year? Read below our Arkle Challenge race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2024 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 over £170,000. 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. El Fabiolo cruised to a 5 lengths victory in 2023 for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend, staying on powerfully ahead of old rival Jonbon, despite brushing through the final hurdle..
As with all other races on Day 1, the Arkle Novices' Chase 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 take a closer look at this year's Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Arkle Chase 2024?
ast year's Supreme Novices' winner MARINE NATIONALE was seen as an easy winner of this race for most of the season after he established himself as the best novice hurdler last year by winning all three of his hurdle starts. But this premise was blown to pieces when Willie Mullins' charge was well beaten behind Il Etait Temps in the Irish equivalent at the Dublin Racing Festival.
IL ETAIT TEMPS has now impressed twice at the Dublin Racing Festival, only to disappoint at Cheltenham. In each of the last 2 years, he has run fairly modestly at Prestbury Park but despite that he has been extremely well backed (20s into 5s). He proved no match for Gaelic Warrior last time when he finished second, but was impressive on his chase debut when beating Ho My Lord, and he has often produced his best form when ridden positively.
Willie Mullins has also entered GAELIC WARRIOR, despite the Turners Novices’ Chase looking like the main objective. His latest win earned him a sixth win from just eight starts since joining Willie, with his only two defeats coming at Cheltenham when second in the Boodles and the Ballymore.
JPR ONE has recently turned into a chaser capable of a really high level of form. On his chase debut, he defied market weakness to jump and travel all over two decent rivals on heavy ground at Newton Abbot. He also impressed both over the Arkle course and distance at Cheltenham back in November, and in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown Park. In both occasion he went very close to grab a win.
HUNTERS YARN runs for the same connections as last year’s winner El Fabiolo. He seems to have improved markedly for fences and would have won both his starts this season easily but for a last fence fall on debut.
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Another Willie Mullins-trained entry is FACILE VEGA. This horse has the ability to run a big race and has the best piece of course form in the book when compared to his stable companions. Having secured a win in the Champion Novice Hurdle, then came a solid win as the 8/15 favorite in a Beginners Chase over two miles and one furlong. Facile Vega was able to cope well with the soft ground and secure a four length win over Inthepocket
BLOOD DESTINY disappointed when well supported for last year’s Triumph Hurdle but his jumping was spectacular on his chasing debut. He was turned over at odds on last time out, that was over slightly longer than 2miles 2f, behind a good stayer such as Spillane’s Tower.
MY MATE MOZZIE is consistent and ran well in second, but he could only finish eighth in the County Hurdle last year when he had no excuses. He is just as good over fences, and could be a smart each-way option although improvement will be needed.
Henry De Bromhead’s QUILIXIOS, winner of the 2021 Triumph Hurdle, did all well at Naas last time out. If you’re looking for something against Marine Nationale, Qulixios could be the right one.
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ARKLE CHASE TRENDS
- 9 of the last 12 favorites won
- 7 of the last 10 winners were unbeaten
- The last 14 winners won on their last run before the Arkle Chase
- 10 of the last 16 winners were officially top rated
- 9 of the last 10 winners had four or less starts over fences
- 15 of the last 17 winners recently have been aged six or seven.
ARKLE CHASE PREDICTIONS
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ARKLE CHASE FAQs
What is the distance of the Arkle Chase?
The Arkle Novices' Chase is run on a distance of 1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Arkle Chase?
There are 13 obastacles to jump for the Arkle Novices' Chase runners
What time is the Arkle Chase?
The Arkle Chase is the 2nd race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 12, 2024 and the official starting time is 2:10pm.
What is the prize money for the Arkle Chase?
The total prize money on offer for the Arkle Novices' Chase at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival will be £175,000.
Who won the Arkle Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by El Fabiolo at SP of 11/10f, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend.
What weights are carried for the Arkle Chase?
11st 4lb. 7lb allowance for mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Arkle Chase?
Legendary jockeys Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh have the most victories in this race. Ruby Walsh rode 3 winners in the last 10 years before retirement. There are two leading jockeys in the Arkle Challenge Trophy over the last 20 renewals with both Paul Townend and Nico de Boinville who have both won the race two times. Aidan Coleman has a win and a place from six Arkle rides.
Who is the leading trainer in the Arkle Chase?
Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in Arkle Novices' Chase history with seven winners, most recently with Shishkin in 2021. Willie Mullins has had the upper hand over the last few years with 5 wins in the last 9 renewals. David Pipe, Alan King and Henry de Bromhead are the other trainers to have won the race in the last 10 years.