14:10 Cheltenham

Tuesday 10 March 2020

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

Class 1  |   1m 7f 199y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   11 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:11  |   Winning time: 4m 8.14s

1st
11
16/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Aidan Coleman
Prominent, led after 2nd, headed next, led 4th until before 5th, led again 3 out, pressed 2 out, 2 1/2 lengths ahead last, edged slightly right flat and then slightly left, stayed on gamely and holding 2nd towards finish op 20/1 tchd 25/1
2nd
1 ½
5
3/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: M P Walsh
Prominent, led 2nd, soon headed, stayed handy, went 2nd after 3 out, shaken up and every chance when hit 2 out, 2 1/2 lengths down last, closed and threatened briefly flat, held towards finish op 7/2
3rd
18
9
9/1
T: H WhittingtonJ: G Sheehan
Rear of mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, kept on from 2 out, went 3rd last stride but no chance with front pair op 12/1
4th
hd
6
33/1
T: B PaulingJ: David Bass
Held up in rear, not always fluent, hampered 10th, soon pushed along, switched right and closed 3 out, went 3rd final bend before 2 out, no impression on front pair, lost 3rd last stride
5th
2 ½
1
16/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Mid-division, not fluent 6th, hampered 10th, struggling after, well beaten after 3 out, hampered 2 out
6th
5
7
5/2f
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Held up in touch, squeezed up slightly after 3 out, unable to go with leaders before 2 out, weakened approaching last op 11/4 tchd 9/4

Also Ran

UR
2
6/1
T: Olly MurphyJ: R Johnson
Held up in rear, pecked slightly 6th, not fluent 7th, blundered and unseated rider 10th tchd 13/2
F
3
6/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Led until 2nd, led next, headed 4th, led approaching 5th, jumped right 9th, headed 3 out, soon dropped out, well beaten when fell 2 out op 7/1
F
4
12/1
T: Evan WilliamsJ: Adam Wedge
Held up towards rear, headway when mistake 10th, chasing leaders 3 out, soon ridden and beaten, 5th and weakening when fell 2 out tchd 11/1
PU
8
100/1
T: R WalfordJ: Stan Sheppard
Held up towards rear on outside, some headway 8th, lost place 9th, hampered next, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out
F
10
16/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Chased leaders on inside, close 3rd going fine when fell 10th op 12/1

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Betting

Forecast

Notebook (5/2), Fakir D'Oudairies (3/1), Brewin'upastorm (6/1), Cash Back (6/1), Rouge Vif (9/1), Esprit Du Large (12/1), Put The Kettle On (16/1), Al Dancer (16/1), Maire Banrigh (16/1), Global Citizen (33/1), Our Merlin (100/1)

Verdict
Henry de Bromhead has a strong team for this year's Festival and one of his better chances of the week must be NOTEBOOK. The seven-year-old arrives here as a dual Grade 1 winner and he's vastly improved for both a switch to chasing and a drop in trip. Despite his unbeaten record over obstacles, he still gives the impression he can go on improving over fences and is taken to confirm form with the likes of Cash Back and Fakir D'Oudairies. Global Citizen took a big step forward last time and may continue to progress while the mares Put The Kettle On and Maire Banrigh aren't without each-way claims.
  1. Notebook
  2. Cash Back
  3. Maire Banrigh

Previous Winners

2019
Duc Des Genievres
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 6
Weight: 11-4  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: P Townend
  |  
T: W P Mullins
5/1
Prize Money
1st:
£98,472.00
2nd:
£37,100.00
3rd:
£18,568.00
4th:
£9,275.00
5th:
£4,655.00
6th:
£2,328.00
7th:
£1,155.00
8th:
£595.00

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