14:10 Cheltenham Tue 13 March 2018

  • Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)
  • 1m 7f 199y, Heavy (Soft in places)
  • 5 Runners
  • Winner£99,662.002nd£37,398.003rd£18,725.004th£9,328.005th£4,690.006th£2,345.00
  • Surface: Turf
Sort By:

Weighed In

Winning time:4m 2.4sOff time:14:11:41
NEW! Keep an eye out for ‘Insights’ against a horse for additional clues towards its chance! Read more...
1
711-4OR: 156DWS
14/1

Looked an exciting prospect when scoring on chase bow at Kempton in November. Failed to complete in two starts since, latest in open Grade 1 company at Ascot in January and had wind op subsequently. Trainer has won three of last six of these.

Last RunWatch last race
2
611-4OR: 162D
5/6

Fourth in last year's Champion Hurdle, has looked better than ever with three near-faultless wins over fences in Ireland this season, holding Petit Mouchoir by 5L at Leopardstown last month. Sets the bar high.

Last RunWatch last race
3
711-4OR: 157D
4/1

Had the measure of Footpad in their hurdling days, including in the Champion Hurdle here last March. May have needed run when 5L behind that rival at Leopardstown last month, but suspicion lingers that the Mullins horse is just a better chaser.

Last RunWatch last race
4
711-4OR: 142D
66/1

Couple of minor successes over the trip at Ludlow in November, pulled up in Ascot handicap over 2m5f in January. Twice struggled in previous visits to this track and likely to meet similar fate now.

Last RunWatch last race
5
511-4OR: 160D
11/4

French import has done nothing but impress in winning three starts over fences for this yard. Made all and careered away with Grade 2 Kingmaker at Warwick (soft) last month. Looks sure to play a big role again.

Last RunWatch last race

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Altior711-41/4
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville

Betting

Forecast

Footpad (5/6), Saint Calvados (11/4), Petit Mouchoir (4/1), Brain Power (14/1), Robinshill (66/1)

Verdict

FOOTPAD was a smart hurdler but has looked even better this season in three starts since going chasing and should take some stopping here. He jumps fast and accurate and will be suited again in a small field. He can extend the excellent recent record of favourites in the Arkle. Petit Mouchoir had his measure over timber, but was well beaten last month at Leopardstown. Connections were adamant that run was needed, but his jumping let him down early going at Footpad's pace. Saint Calvados could be the chief threat on the evidence of his excellent round in the Kingmaker at Warwick last time.
  1. Footpad
  2. Saint Calvados
  3. Petit Mouchoir

Video Replay

Most Followed

Epatante

F: 211-

T: N J Henderson

If The Cap Fits

F: 114/111-

T: H Fry

Bags Groove

F: 110-211

T: H Fry

Verdana Blue

F: 1300-11

T: N J Henderson

Present Man

F: P/11043-

T: P F Nicholls

Most Followed

Epatante

F: 211-

T: N J Henderson

If The Cap Fits

F: 114/111-

T: H Fry

Bags Groove

F: 110-211

T: H Fry

Verdana Blue

F: 1300-11

T: N J Henderson

Present Man

F: P/11043-

T: P F Nicholls

Next Race Off

20:17 Aqueduct
3
(3)
Point To Remember
J: Junior Alvarado
5
(5)
Mr. Buff
J: David Cohen
6
(6)
Sargeant Drive
J: John Velazquez
2
(2)
Storm Prophet
J: Javier Castellano
1
(1)
Hollywood Strike
J: Jose Ortiz
4
(4)
Unpredictable
J: Dyn Panell

Racing Tips

Kemboy in action

Thursday Talking Points

Richard Mann previews an interesting day of racing with a couple of young Alan King-trained hurdlers of particular interest and Supreme Racing Club taking on the big boys in Ireland.

Southwell

Daily Nap: Steam in at Southwell

It's all-weather racing all the way for Richard Mann on Thursday with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running at Southwell.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Anycity his best Thursday bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.