Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy

Date Time Class Distance
Tue 10th March 2020 14:10 Grade 1 2 miles

Arkle Challenge Trophy Results

Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Put The Kettle On Aidan Coleman H de Bromhead
2nd 1.5 Fakir D'oudairies M P Walsh Joseph P O'Brien
3rd 18 Rouge Vif G Sheehan H Whittington
4th hd Global Citizen David Bass Ben Pauling
5th 2.5 Al Dancer Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies
6th 5 Notebook Rachael Blackmore H de Bromhead
- - Cash Back P Townend W P Mullins    
- - Our Merlin Stan Sheppard Robert Walford    
- - Maire Banrigh Harry Skelton D Skelton    
- - Brewin'upastorm R Johnson Olly Murphy    
- - Esprit Du Large Adam Wedge Evan Williams    
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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

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2019 Duc des Genievres 6 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2018 Footpad 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Altior 7 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2016 Douvan 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2015 Un de Sceaux 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

More past winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2014 Western Warhorse 6 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2013 Simonsig 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Sprinter Sacre 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Captain Chris 7 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2010 Sizing Europe 8 Andrew Lynch Henry de Bromhead
2009 Forpadydeplasterer 7 Barry Geraghty Tom Cooper
2008 Tidal Bay 7 Denis O'Regan Howard Johnson
2007 My Way de Solzen 7 Robert Thornton Alan King
2006 Voy Por Ustedes 5 Robert Thornton Alan King
2005 Contraband 7 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2004 Well Chief 5 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2003 Azertyuiop 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2002 Moscow Flyer 8 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2001 no race   due to foot-and-mouth crisis  
2000 Tiutchev 7 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
1999 Flagship Uberalles 5 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
1998 Champleve 5 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1997 Or Royal 6 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1996 Ventana Canyon 7 Richard Dunwoody Edward O'Grady
1995 Klairon Davis 6 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1994 Nakir 6 Jamie Osborne Simon Christian
1993 Travado 7 Jamie Osborne Nicky Henderson
1992 Young Pokey 7 Jamie Osborne Oliver Sherwood
1991 Remittance Man 7 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson
1990 Comandante 8 Peter Hobbs Josh Gifford
1989 Waterloo Boy 6 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1988 Danish Flight 9 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1987 Gala's Image 7 Richard Linley Mercy Rimell
1986 Oregon Trail 6 Ronnie Beggan Simon Christian
1985 Boreen Prince 8 Niall Madden Andrew McNamara
1984 Bobsline 8 Frank Berry Francis Flood
1983 Ryeman 6 Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1982 The Brockshee 7 Tommy Carberry Arthur Moore
1981 Clayside 7 Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1980 Anaglogs Daughter 7 Tommy Carberry Bill Durkan
1979 Chinrullah 7 Dessie Hughes Mick O'Toole
1978 Alverton 8 Graham Thorner Peter Easterby
1977 Tip the Wink 7 Dessie Hughes Pat Taylor
1976 Roaring Wind 8 Reg Crank Roy Cambidge
1975 Broncho II 6 Colin Tinkler Tony Dickinson
1974 Canasta Lad 8 Jeff King Peter Bailey
1973 Denys Adventure 8 Graham Thorner Tim Forster
1972 Pendil 7 Richard Pitman Fred Winter
1971 Alpheus 6 Eddie Wright Tom Dreaper
1970 Soloning 5 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter
1969 Chatham 5 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1968 The Hustler 6 Barry Brogan Earl Jones
1967 Arctic Stream 7 Ben Hannon Pat Rooney
1966 Arctic Sunset 6 George Milburn Ken Oliver
1965 Flyingbolt 6 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1964 Greektown 8 Michael Scudamore Willie Stephenson
1963 Ben Stack 6 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1962 Prudent Barney 8 Johnny East Bobby Renton
1961 Mountcashel King 6 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1960 Mazurka 6 Ron Harrison Ron Smyth
1959 Flame Gun 8 Fred Winter Charlie Mallon
1958 Fortria 6 Tom Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1957 Ballyatom 5 Bob McCreery George Beeby
1956 Sir Ken 9 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson
1955 Manuscrit 5 Johnny Bullock Fulke Walwyn
1954 Armorial III 5 René Emery Fulke Walwyn
1953 Bramble Tudor 5 Tim Molony Stewart Wight
1952 Nautical Print 5 Tommy Cusack Gerry Wilson
1951 Red Steel 5 Dick Francis Frank Cundell
1950 High Level 5 Johnny Bullock Fred Rimell
1949 Grand Refrain 5 Glen Kelly Bobby Norris
1948 Top Cash 6 Glen Kelly Bobby Norris
1947 no race   due to snow and frost  
1946 Bright Penny 6 Glen Kelly Bobby Norris

 

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