Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade 1) 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995 5th £4,020 6th £2,010
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 47.40s
  • Off time: 14:05:28
Full result
Result 14:05 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 9 Western Warhorse 33/1
2nd 2 Champagne Fever hd 11/4j
3rd 7 Trifolium 4 11/4j

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 34-1312
Dark Green, White cross belts, hooped sleeves, White cap Brick Red 31
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 34-1312
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 143 66/1
2 3113-13
Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Champagne Fever (IRE) 75
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 3113-13
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 W P Mullins R Walsh 144 11/4j
3 97-1112
Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 31
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 97-1112
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 156
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 156 6/1
4 2F6-U22
Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 74
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 2F6-U22
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 153 9/1
5 123-211
Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 33
  • T:H Fry
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 123-211
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-4t
  • OR:
  • Naps:
9 158 11-4 t H Fry N Fehily 5/1
6 12-8354
EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Ted Veale (IRE) 44
  • T:A J Martin
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 12-8354
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 146
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 A J Martin D N Russell 146 25/1
7 24-1221
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Trifolium (FR) 44
  • T:C Byrnes
  • J:B J Cooper
  • Form: 24-1221
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 C Byrnes B J Cooper 157 11/4j
8 302-111
Dark blue, light blue hoops and armlets, red cap Valdez 45
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 302-111
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 A King R Thornton 153 10/1
9 1F1-261
Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Western Warhorse (IRE) 62
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 1F1-261
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4h
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 h D Pipe T Scudamore 135 33/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Simonsig
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
7 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 8/15
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In depth

Verdict

Unconvincing wins against minor opposition over the larger obstacles suggest former champion hurdler Rock On Ruby represents little value in this. His jumping has hardly been foot-perfect so far and only two nine-year-olds have won the Arkle Trophy since the Second World War. Winning form at The Festival is always a plus so last year's Supreme Novices' winner Champagne Fever shouldn't be ignored but we can't see any reason why the grey should reverse Leopardstown running with TRIFOLIUM on identical terms. Charles Byrnes' gelding was hugely impressive when ridden more aggressively at the same track next time, reversing form with Defy Logic and earlier Navan running with Felix Younger, who declines a re-match. If he takes to these fences, he'll take all the beating. Valdez probably needs more in this grade and the company looks too hot for Brick Red while Western Warhorse probably needs further and may get outpaced on the drying ground. But Dodging Bullets should confirm Kempton running with the disappointing Grandouet and lost nothing in defeat in the Game Spirit last time.

Formwatch

Western Warhorse (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) won at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (3) gs in Jan beating Victor Hewgo (10-12) by nk, 5 ran.

Champagne Fever (IRE) 8-15fav (11-12) Prominent and disputed lead, blundered and headed 2 out, no impression on winner early straight and dropped to 3rd at last, no extra run-in,, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Defy Logic (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.

Trifolium (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led 3 out, clear from next, jumped slightly left last, ridden out run-in, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan beating Felix Yonger (11-12) by 9l, 7 ran.

Dodging Bullets 2-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, tracked leader until 5th, tracked leading pair, went 2nd 2 out, led narrowly last, hard driven flat, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 4, nk behind Module (11-2) at Newbury 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb.

Valdez 15-8fav (11-4) In rear, mistake 1st, went 2nd before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, led run-in, driven out, won at Doncaster 2m nov chs G2 (1) gs in Jan beating Arnaud (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.

Grandouet (FR) 1-2fav (11-2) Not always fluent and sometimes jumped left, raced keenly, led, headed before 3 out, mistake 3 out, no chance with winner, clear 2nd, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Dodging Bullets (11-8) at Kempton 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) sft in Dec.

Brick Red 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd 6 out, kept on and always held by winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Balder Succes (11-7) at Warwick 2m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.

Rock On Ruby (IRE) 2-7fav (11-7) Made all, shaken up before last, kept on well, pushed out, won at Doncaster 2m nov chs (3) gs in Feb beating Mr Mole (11-7) by 10l, 2 ran.

Ted Veale (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Towards rear, struggling from 4 out, went moderate 4th at last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 7, 31l behind Trifolium (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan.