- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Arkle Chase Tips - 2.10pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by FEB 10th
The Arkle has always been the stepping stone for future Champion Chase winners with the likes of Moscow Flyer, Sizing Europe and Sprinter Sacre to name but three all following up twelve months after winning this race.
Just to confirm the calibre of horse it takes to win the Arkle we only have to look at the last two renewals, which were won by Douvan and Altior. This time round we have a very small but select field and with only 5 runners it will go down as the smallest line up for Arkle in recent memory.
The one leading the charge for Irish trainer Willie Mullins this season is Footpad who runs in the two-tone green colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. The 6yo wasn’t anything special over hurdles last season but did manage to finish 4th in the Champion Hurdle behind Buveur D’Air.
He later failed to stay when tried over a longer trip and then the decision was made to send him chasing.
He opened his account with an effortless victory at Navan and that day he put in a superb round of jumping and impressed many good judges.
He then went to Leopardstown for the Grade 1 Racing Post Chase and bolted up by 11 lengths. His main rival that day Death Duty was well beaten when he capsized at the last.
Last time out he made it 3/3 with a faultless display at Leopardstown in the Frank Ward Chase and beat Petit Mouchoir by 5 lengths.
He looks every inch a chaser and travels so well in his races, he will take a lot of beating if he turns up in the same sort of form in March.
Nicky Henderson has won this race three times since 2012 and six times in all so should know what it takes to win an Arkle. Brain Power has been his main contender all season but a couple of sloppy errors at Sandown and Ascot has dented the confidence somewhat.
The 7yo had got off the perfect start over fences when slamming the opposition by 28 lengths on his debut at Kempton so it must be very frustrating for connections. In January he was in the process of chasing home Un De Sceaux in the Clarence House Chase until falling late on and that form alone sets a good standard for a novice.
We should remember he reached a mark of 162 over hurdles and if ever he reproduced that kind of performance over fences he would take some beating.
Saint Calvados is only a 5yo and will be trying to emulate another ex-French horse Voy Por Ustedes who was the last youngster of that age to win the Arkle. He is trained by Harry Whittington who rates him very highly and has done nothing wrong in his first two starts over the bigger obstacles.
He started of at Newbury where he beat his sole remaining rival by 9 lengths; he jumped well that day in bad ground. Next time over the same course and distance he absolutely bolted up in a handicap off a mark of 148 and is now rated 154.
Some will say he hasn’t beat anything of note in his two starts but he looked very impressive when slamming a small field at Warwick last time and is very well regarded.
Of the others we have to mention Petit Mouchoir who was third in the Champion Hurdle last season and will represent Gigginstown House Stud.
He won at Punchestown over fences back in October with the minimum of fuss and can only improve on what we have seen so far. Last time out he was second to Footpad and although well beaten in the end he gave connections enough to think about taking him on again here. He always travels well in his races and if he can put in a clean round of jumping he looks a big threat to the favourite.
The final runner is the Nigel Twiston-Davies 7yo Robinshill. To be honest he looks out of his depth here but with plenty of prize money in the kitty he will be well paid if he gets round in one piece. For the record he has won twice over fences this season but was pulled up last time out at Ascot. His rating of 142 looks a stone short of whats required to win the Arkle.
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Arkle Chase Runners
Arkle Chase Trends
|10/10 Winners||Finished first or second in all completed chases|
|9/10 Winners||Started 8/1 or less|
|9/10 Winners||Placed in Grade 1 or 2 Hurdle|
|9/10 Winners||Bred in Ireland or France|
|9/10 Winners||Rated 140+ over hurdles|
|8/10 Winners||Ran in 3,4 or 5 Chases|
|7/10 Winners||Won Grade 1 or 2 Chase|
|6/10 Winners||Had won at Cheltenham|
|6/10 Winners||Finished in first 4 at last Festival|
|6/10 Winners||Were 7 year olds|
|6/10 Winners||Were Favourites|
Arkle Chase Previous Winners
|2018||Footpad||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||5/6|
|2017||Altior||7||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson||1/4|
|2016||Douvan||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||1/4|
|2015||Un de Sceaux||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||4/6|
|2014||Western Warhorse||6||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe||33/1|
|2013||Simonsig||7||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||8/13|
|2012||Sprinter Sacre||6||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||8/11|
|2011||Captain Chris||7||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs||6/1|
|2010||Sizing Europe||8||Andrew Lynch||Henry de Bromhead||6/1|
|2009||Forpadydeplasterer||7||Barry Geraghty||Tom Cooper||8/1|