Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy (grade 1) 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner £85,515
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country Good,Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 52.20s
  • Off time: 14:05:25

Full Result

14:05 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 8 Sizing Europe (IRE) H De Bromhead 8 11-7 A E Lynch 6/1
SP 6/1 Tracked leaders, joined leader going well 4 out, led after 2 out, ridden 2 lengths clear last, stayed on under pressure flat, held on £13000-£2000
2nd ¾ 9 Somersby (IRE) Miss H C Knight 6 11-7 R Thornton 4/1
SP 4/1 Mid-division, heaway to track leaders 9th, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, rallied flat, closed on winner towards finish, just held £9000-£2000(x2) £4500-£1000(x2)
3rd 5 Osana (FR) E J O'Grady 8 11-7 p1 A J Mcnamara 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, went 3rd 3 out, driven to chase winner between last 2, soon ridden, kept on under pressure flat, lost 2nd towards finish £80000-£5000
4th 4 Mad Max (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-7 P Carberry 25/1
SP 25/1 With leaders, led after 8th, narrow advantage when blundered badly 2 out, soon headed, ridden and one pace approaching last
5th 7 Riverside Theatre N J Henderson 6 11-7 B J Geraghty 7/1
SP 7/1 Behind, outpaced 3 out, 12th and last next, ridden and kept on well approaching last, never nearer £40000-£5000 £21000-£3000 £6000-£1000
6th 5 6 Quiscover Fontaine (FR) W P Mullins 6 11-7 Paul Townend 22/1
SP 22/1 Mid-division on outside, outpaced 3 out, soon beaten opened 25/1
7th ¾ 3 Kangaroo Court (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 6 11-7 Jack Doyle 22/1
SP 22/1 Mid-division on inside, lost place when mistake 9th, outpaced 3 out, never on terms £40000-£1600
8th 4 1 Captain Cee Bee (IRE) E P Harty 9 11-7 A P McCoy 5/2f
SP 5/2f Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 7th, disputed 5th when blundered badly 3 out, soon outpaced and ridden, weakened last opened 3/1 touched 9/4 £15000-£5000 £6000-£2000(x2) £3000-£1000(x3) £5500-£2000 £2200-£800
9th 2 Fosters Cross (IRE) T Mullins 8 11-7 D N Russell 50/1
SP 50/1 Chased leaders, lost place 7th, weakened from 3 out
10th 8 12 I'm Delilah Ferdy Murphy 8 11-0 G Lee 25/1
SP 25/1 Led, edged left after 2nd, headed next, chased leaders, lost place 9th, behind from next
11th nk 10 Sports Line (IRE) W P Mullins 7 11-7 R Walsh 17/2
SP 17/2 Tracked leader, led 3rd, headed after 8th, outpaced 3 out, soon lost place and weakened opened 15/2 £4500-£500
12th 11 Woolcombe Folly (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 11-7 Nick Scholfield 25/1
SP 25/1 Behind, pecked 5th, hit 8th, never dangerous opened 20/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.90 Tote Place £2.40 £1.80 £5.00 Straight Forecast £27.05 Exacta £26.50 Trifecta £597.60 Swingers 1&2 £5.20, 2&3 £12.40, 1&3 £16.90

Jackpot £109,908.17 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Mar
Placepot £98.40, Pool: £895596.75, 6642.06 winning tickets
Quadpot £29.10, Pool: £30280.54, 769.9 winning tickets

Analysis

SIZING EUROPE was the most uneasy of the leading contenders in the market beforehand but he jumped impeccably and that proved to be the difference in a hot Arkle as well as his high cruising speed. He was the best of these over timber being an Irish Champion Hurdle winner and once Mad Max made a bad error late on it became a question of whether he could hold on up the hill. He did - just - from a fast-finishing Somersby who was outpaced in the middle part of the race but stayed on well in the closing stages. Osana looked the only conceivable danger once Mad Max blundered and although his effort petered out he was a respectable third. Captain Cee Bee ran below par but he burst a blood vessel while Riverside Theatre was also very disappointing and never threatened, though he did run up the hill well once the race was lost.