Arkle Challenge Trophy Odds: Gaelic Warrior leads the way

 | March 11 | 

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Arkle odds

The second race of Cheltenham day one is the Arkle Challenge Trophy (14:10), and it's the premier race during the jumps season for the speedier novice chasers, as it is run over the minimum trip of two miles.

Introduced in 1969 as a replacement for the Cotswold Chase, it pays tribute to the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Arkle, and there have been seven odds-on favourite winners since 2012.

Check out Betfred’s price boost on the Arkle Challenge Trophy at 11:00 on Tuesday, March 12.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Odds - 14:10 Tuesday, March 12

  • Gaelic Warrior @ 7/2
  • Found A Fifty @ 11/2
  • Hunters Yarn @ 11/2
  • Il Etait Temps @ 11/2
  • Quilixios @ 7/1
  • JPR One @ 8/1
  • My Mate Mozzie @ 10/1
  • Matata @ 18/1
  • Master Chewy @ 20/1
  • Authorised Speed @ 80/1

Gaelic Warrior @ 7/2

The Willie Mullins-trained Gaelic Warrior leads the betting with Betfred at 7/2, despite concerns about his tendency to jump to his right.

He's been a runner-up over hurdles at the past two Festivals, and was a tremendous winner of the Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick in December, edging out subsequent Irish Arkle winner Il Etait Temps.

Paul Townend keeps the faith after being unseated in last month's Grade 1 Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Found A Fifty @ 11/2`

Found A Fifty is next in the betting after a narrow defeat to Il Etait Temps at the Dublin Racing Festival last time out.

The seven-year-old saw off My Mate Mozzie by one-and-a-half lengths to win a two-mile Leopardstown Grade 1 novice over Christmas, but could find this race more challenging.

Hunters Yarn @ 11/2

Hunters Yarn can also be backed at 11/2.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old finished mid-field in the County Hurdle at last year's Festival but it may have been a case of too much too soon on just his fifth hurdles start.

He could easily be two from two over fences but fell first time out at Fairyhouse when seemingly on his way to victory, before bolting up by 10 lengths on his return a month later.

Il Etait Temps @ 11/2

Il Etait Temps is another runner that is currently priced up at 11/2, and as mentioned above, he couldn't live with stablemate Gaelic Warrior at Limerick over Christmas.

However, the six-year-old produced a gutsy display to edge out Found A Fifty by a neck in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown last month, as well as winning a Beginners Chase at Thurles in November.

He’s fared no better than fifth in his two starts at the course, which have coincidentally come in the Triumph Hurdle and Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Quilixios @ 7/1

Henry de Bromhead's Quilixios can be backed at 7/1, and will be ridden by Rachael Blackmore.

The seven-year-old has already won at Cheltenham - the 2021 Triumph Hurdle - and De Bromhead has won this race on two previous occasions with Sizing Europe (2010) and Put The Kettle On (2020).

Quilixios missed all of last season through injury, but he has enjoyed a brilliant return over fences, defying an 18-month absence when making a winning start over 19 furlongs at Limerick in October.

JPR One @ 8/1

Joe Tizzard's JPR One is next in the betting at 8/1, and was a winner on his chasing debut at Newton Abbot in October.

He's followed that up with another victory at Lingfield last time out, and the seven-year-old also finished a creditable third in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown in December.

My Mate Mozzie @ 10/1

My Mate Mozzie is 10/1 to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy, and the eight-year-old will be saddled by Keith Donoghue.

He was beaten by a length-and-a-half at Leopardstown by Found A Fifty in a Grade 1 novice in December, but won a four-runner Class 2 novice at Cheltenham in October.

Matata @ 18/1

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Matata is currently priced up at 11/1, and the six-year-old impressed on his chase debut at Ffos Las in October.

He's had solid runner-up efforts in both starts since, most recently to JPR One in a Grade 2 at Lingfield.

Master Chewy @ 20/1

Another Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained horse is next in the betting at 20/1, and the seven-year-old won on his chasing debut at Aintree back in October, as well as tasting victory in a Grade 2 Novices' Chase at Kempton over Christmas.

His most recent outing at Lingfield doesn't make for great reading, but being hampered at the first provides an excuse for his below-par form that day.

Authorised Speed @ 80/1

Last but not least is Authorised Speed, who can be backed at the time of writing at 80/1 and will be ridden by David Noonan.

The seven-year-old is a useful hurdler, and was the favourite at Plumpton last time out but ran a disappointing third, after falling at Ascot a month prior.


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