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Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase 2020
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When is the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase 2020?
Cheltenham Tuesday 10th March 2.10pm 

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 

Distance: 2 miles  

Weights – 11st 4lb, 7lb allowance for fillies and mares

Race two of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase, run over two miles and they jump 13 fences. Recent winners include Footpad, Altior and Douvan.

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Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins have trained 7 of the last 8 winners between them.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase Trends and Statistics
Here are Cheltenham Arkle Novice Chase 12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – Eleven of the last twelve winners were aged 6 or 7 
  • Starting Price – A good race for fancied horses eleven of the last twelve winners have returned at 8/1 or less and six of the were odds on. 
  • Last Run – Eleven of the last twelve winners ran within the last 61 days. Ten of the last twelve winners won on their last start before Cheltenham. 
  • Course Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one run at Cheltenham previously and six of them had won here. 
  • Distance Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least one win over between 1m 7f and 2m 1f. 
  • Hurdle Form – All twelve winners had at least four runs over hurdles, ten had at least 2 wins over hurdles. 
  • Chase Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least two previous chase runs, all twelve winners had at least one chase win.
  • Official Rating – Eleven of the last twelve winners were rated 151 or higher. 
  • Graded Wins – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least one previous win in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 race. 
  • Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least 2 runs in the current season, all twelve had at least 1 win during the season.
Who are the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase Leading Contenders?

Currently the leading contenders for the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice Chase 2020 are:

  • NOTEBOOK – Unbeaten chaser from the Henry De Bromhead stable. Stayed on well to win the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown in December and kept on strongly when hard pressed in the Irish Arkle at the same venue last time.
  • FAKIR D'OUDAIRIES – Beaten 1½ lengths by NOTEBOOK in December getting 7lb. Unlikely to reverse that form off level weights.
  • CASHBACK – Willie Mullins unbeaten over fences until making NOTEBOOK work for the money in the Irish Arkle going doen by ¾ length.
  • BREWIN'UPASTORM – Winner of  a beginners chase at Carlisle and a novice chase at Taunton. Will probably find the competition too hot here.


What’s Keith’s Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase Tips for 2020?

Here is Keith’s tip for the 2020 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase:

I will go through the contenders in reverse order  – BREWIN'UPASTORM lacks a recent run and hasn't yet raced in Graded company, so may find himself out of his depth.

At five years of age, FAKIR D'OUDAIRIES doesn't meet the age trend for the race and was in receipt of a 7lb allowance when 1½ lengths second to him.

CASHBACK ran NOTEBOOK close in the Irish Arkle but at eight years old is too old according to recent statistics. This leaves us with the current ante-post favourite NOTEBOOK who ticks almost every box.

My selection for the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices Chase 2020 is: NOTEBOOK 3/1

As this article is written in advance of the 2020 Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Champion Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 1. 

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What was Keith’s Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice Chase Tip for 2019?
Keith’s wrote this for the 2019 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice Chase

The anti-post market is headed by LALOR who has that all important win at Cheltenham, and Irish Arkle winner LE RICHEBOURG, unfortunately my initial selection DYNAMITE DOLLARS who lowered the colours of KALASHNIKOV at Kempton in December has suffered a setback and will not now be running.

My selection is the Joseph O’Brien trained LE RICHEBOURG 100/30 who ran away from a quality field at Leopardstown.

On the day of the 2019 Arkle Chase, Keith's ante-post tip LE RICHEBOURG was a non runner and FRT Tipster Keith advised GLEN FORSA as a replacement who blundered and unseated his rider at the 4th fence.

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Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice Chase Previous Winners
  • 2008 Tidal Bay 7 Denis O’Regan Howard Johnson
  • 2009 Forpadydeplasterer 7 Barry Geraghty Tom Cooper
  • 2010 Sizing Europe 8 Andrew Lynch Henry de Bromhead
  • 2011 Captain Chris 7 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
  • 2012 Sprinter Sacre 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
  • 2013 Simonsig 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
  • 2014 Western Warhorse 6 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
  • 2015 Un de Sceaux 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
  • 2016 Douvan 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
  • 2017 Altior 7 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
  • 2018 Footpad 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
  • 2019 Duc des Genievres 6 Paul Townend Willie Mullins

As these articles are written in advance of the 2020 Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Champion Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 1. 

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