Arkle Chase PreviewA Grade One Chase for Novices over 2 miles on the Old Course. We are on the look out for a future star of steeplechasing. Recent Arkle winners Sprinter Sacre, Sizing Europe, Voy Per Ustedes, Moscow Flyer, Azertyuiop, Flagship Uberalles and Klairon Davis have all gone on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
2014 Arkle Chase Runner-Up Champagne Fever
Arkle Chase TrendsThanks to OLBG Member Micko70 for supplying some of these trends on his blog. For more Day 1 Cheltenham Festival Trends head over to the blog here.
|10/10||finished 1st or 2nd last time out|
|9/10||were rated 150 or higher|
|9/10||had run at least 3 times since November 1st|
|8/10||were aged 6 or 7|
|8/10||had their last run that year|
|8/10||rated at least 142 over hurdles|
|7/10||had won at least 2 races that season|
Douvan is the only runner to have met all of Robmulls trends for the race but Vaniteux also scores highly.
Arkle Chase Last Ten WinnersTable below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2016||Douvan||6yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||1/4F|
|2015||Un De Sceaux||7yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||4/6F|
|2014||Western Warhorse||6yo||D Pipe||T Scudamore||33/1||2013||Simonsig||7yo||N Henderson||B Geraghty||8/15F|
|2012||Sprinter Sacre||6yo||N Henderson||B Geraghty||8/11F|
|2011||Captain Chris||7yo||P Hobbs||R Johnson||6/1|
|2010||Sizing Europe||8yo||H De Bromhead||A Lynch||6/1|
|2009||Forpadydeplasterer||7yo||T Cooper||B Geraghty||8/1|
|2008||Tidal Bay||7yo||JH Johnson||D ORegan||6/1|
|2007||My Way De Solzen||7yo||A King||R Thornton||7/2|
Arkle Form TipsWhilst favourites have won three of the last four runnings of the Arkle, this is a novice race and that might explain why the longer term trends aren't so strong for the favourites.
There have been a few Sizing horses winning at the Festival in recent years and tbuckley makes a good point about Sizing Johns chances in this race.
"Sizing John is a very good horse in his own right and Henry De Bromhead excels at getting horses ready for Cheltenham and often gets his horses placed at very good odds, he's got to turn around form with Douvan to win it but he can get placed."
He also likes the chances of Garde La Victoire and titans choice agrees mentioning his course form of 2-111 and certainly fits one of the trends with a rating of 154 over hurdles. Although he may end up running in the JLT Novice Chase
Arkle 2016 Video Preview and TipsThis video looks at alternatives to Douvan in this years race
Next race up on Day 1 is the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap. Check out the tips and race preview for that race here.