Arkle Challenge Trophy

DateTimeClassDistance
Tue 12th March 202414:10Grade 12 miles

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About the Arkle Challenge Trophy

The Arkle Challenge Trophy is perhaps the most prestigious novices chase in the United Kingdom, and the first steeplechase run at the Cheltenham Festival annually. Run over a distance of 2 miles, it is open to 5-year-old and above novice chasers. The race takes place on the Cheltenham Old Course, with 13 fences cleared on the way to the finishing post.

Named after one of the most beloved Cheltenham Gold Cup winners of all time, the Arkle has produced several Queen Mother Champion Chase winners, as well as one Gold Cup champion. However, a win in the Arkle is a major career achievement in its own right and the race is easily the most popular novices chase run at the Cheltenham Festival.

Betting on the Arkle Challenge Trophy

Like the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the Arkle Challenge Trophy’s betting markets are distorted by its position in the race card. As the first chase of the festival it draws a lot of attention and it’s not uncommon for the favourite to run out under-priced.  However, because the race does draw some extremely talented horses, the market can still be quite good at picking a winner, particularly when a horse starts at under Evens.

Other than that form is key to winning the Arkle Challenge Trophy. Wins in Grade 1 or 2 races prior to the Arkle single out the genuine contenders, and a win last time out is a virtual requirement to be taken seriously for this race. However, this aside don’t be afraid of looking at horses trading at higher prices – a 33/1 entry won the Arkle as recent as 2014.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Past Winners

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainer
2023El Fabiolo6Paul TownendWillie Mullins
2022Edwardstone8Tom CannonAlan King
2021Shishkin7Nico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson
2020Put The Kettle On6Aidan ColemanHenry de Bromhead
2019Duc des Genievres6Paul TownendWillie Mullins