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
- Surface: Turf
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Footpad (5/6), Saint Calvados (11/4), Petit Mouchoir (4/1), Brain Power (14/1), Robinshill (66/1)
- Saint Calvados
- Petit Mouchoir
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