14:10 Cheltenham

Tuesday 14 March 2023

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Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 7f 199y  |   Soft  |   9 Runners  |   Turf  |   Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:10  |   Winning time: 3m 55.22s
1st
Horse silk
3
11/10f
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Close 3rd, travelling well on inside before 2 out, led narrowly 2 out, 3 lengths ahead when not fluent last, ridden and stayed on well run-in op 6/5 tchd 5/4
2nd
Horse silk
5 ½
6
711-7
2/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Aidan Coleman
Tracked leader, edging left and every chance 2 out, chased winner soon after, ridden and three lengths down at the last, hung left and no extra run-in op 15/8
3rd
Horse silk
6 ½
7
11/1
T: W P MullinsJ: M P Walsh
Held up off the pace in last trio, steady headway after 9th, went 4th next, pushed along home turn, left modest 3rd at the last op 15/2
4th
Horse silk
16
8
50/1
T: Sheila LewisJ: Sean Houlihan
Held up off the pace in 5th, mistake 8th, reached for 4 out, lost place soon after, left 5th at the last, went remote 4th close home op 66/1
5th
Horse silk
½
4
611-7
66/1
T: W P MullinsJ: S F O'Keeffe
Held up off the pace in last trio, closer and pushed along in 5th after 3 out, left modest 4th at the last, lost that placing close home tchd 50/1
6th
Horse silk
6
9
125/1
T: C CollinsJ: Sam Ewing
Off the pace in 4th, weakening when bad blunder 4 out, tailed off op 150/1
7th
Horse silk
5
1
150/1
T: S DrinkwaterJ: R T Dunne
Held up off the pace in last trio, behind at 7th (water), tailed off when bad mistake 4 out op 200/1

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
2
5/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Led and bit keen, mistake and narrowly headed 2 out, soon no extra in 3rd, fell last
PU
Horse silk
5
28/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Soon well behind, tailed off and pulled up before 9th op 40/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.10Pl:£1.20, £1.10, £1.60EX:£3.50Trifecta:£12.80Tricast:£12.87SF:£3.67Swingers:£1.10, £3.20, £3.90

Forecasts

El Fabiolo (11/10), Jonbon (2/1), Dysart Dynamo (5/1), Saint Roi (11/1), Hollow Games (28/1), Straw Fan Jack (50/1), Ha D'Or (66/1), Effernock Fizz (125/1), Ballybreeze (150/1)

Verdict

EL FABIOLO and Jonbon (won) were separated by only a neck in a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Aintree last spring. The former's comfortable defeat of Banbridge at Leopardstown last month is narrowly the best piece of 2m novice chase form this season so he's taken to edge out Nicky Henderson's charge this time. Saint Roi gets the vote for third.

  1. EL FABIOLO (FR)
  2. JONBON (FR)
  3. SAINT ROI (FR)

Previous Winners

2022
Edwardstone
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 8
5/2

Prize Money

1st: £98,472.002nd: £37,100.003rd: £18,568.004th: £9,275.005th: £4,655.006th: £2,328.007th: £1,155.008th: £595.00

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