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About the Arkle Chase

The Arkle Novices Chase (also known as the Arkle Chase Challenge Trophy) is a one of the many Grade 1 races at the Cheltenham Festival. The race is open to horses aged five years or older and is run on the Old Course at the Cheltenham Festival. The race was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 1969, replacing the Cotswold Chase, moving to the opening day of the festival in 1980. It is the second race of the festival and winners of this race tend to move onto one of the most prestigious races in the UK Horse Racing, the Queen Mother Champion Chase. One element of this race that may come as a surprise to novice bettors is that a mix of horses are used in this race with Mares winning this race on occasion, it is a rarity but Put the Kettle On became the first mare to win the race in 2020 since 1980.

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Arkle Chase Betting Tips

As part of the BetUK Cheltenham Festival package, we provide a wide range of betting tips for all races at the Festival. If you're looking for Arkle Chase tips then you'll be able to find that in our blog, alternatively, if you're looking for tips for the entirity of day one of the Cheltenham Festival, check the link below.

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Arkle Chase Odds 2024

When looking to place a bet on the Arkle Challenge Trophy, you'll wish to find the best odds you possibly can for the the best horses in the race, at BetUK we aspire to provide this to enhance your Arkle betting experience, Arkle winners in the past have had very short odds, making betting on the favourites something to look out on, the likes of Shishkin, Altior and last years winner El Fabiolo have won this race as one of the top favourites in the betting odds.

For the 2024 rendition of the race, we recommend taking a look at the Ante Post odds, where you can find the likes of Marine Nationale, Gaelic Warrior and Facile Vega as the top names in the betting odds. The most successful trainer for this race is Willie Mullins with three previous winners in the last three years. This would lead us to back the likes of Facile Vega or Gaelic Warrior but if Marine Nationale runs, the horse will be very low odds for victory.

Arkle Novices Chase Winners 

In recent years, the Arkle Chase is a race that has been favoured by lower odds horses, making large wins in this race. Several winners have subsequently achieved victory at low odds, a full list of recent winners can be found below.

YearHorseJockey & Trainer
2023El FabioloPaul Townend & Willie Mullins
2022EdwardstoneTom Cannon & Alan King
2021ShishkinNico de Boinville & Nicky Henderson
2020Put The Kettle OnAidan Coleman & Henry de Bromhead
2019Duc des GenievresPaul Townend & Willie Mullins
2018FootpadRuby Walsh & Willie Mullins
2017AltiorNico de Boinville & Nicky Henderson
2016DouvanRuby Walsh & Willie Mullins

There have been some top tier horses that are included in our Arkle Chase winners and these horses more often than not go on to win even bigger races in the future.

Arkle Chase Leading Jockeys

There are two jockeys that lead the way as leaders for the Arkle Chase. They are Barry Geraghty & Ruby Walsh. However, both of these jockeys have retired and won't feature in the next race. Nico de Boinville sits on two wins with Altior and Shishkin in 2017 and 2021 and looks to add to that tally in 2024.

Arkle Chase Leading Trainer

Leading trainer Willie Mullins sits on 9 wins for this race starting with Assessed in 2002 and most recently El Fabiolo in 2023. Mullins has had a winner in the last three renditions of the race and is the first in the history of the race to do so since the legendary Tom Dreaper back in the sixties, who won 5 events in a row, can Willie Mullins make it four in a row as he looks to match Dreapers feat in the Arkle Chase?

Arkle Chase Betting FAQs

When is the Arkle Chase? 

The Arkle Chase takes place on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, which in 2024 is scheduled for 14:10 on March 12th 2024.

Who is the Favourite to Win the 2024 Renewal?

The ante post betting odds for the 2024 renewal of the Arkle Novices Chase shows that Marine Nationale and Facile Vega are the two favourites for this race.

Where Can I Find Arkle Chase Betting Odds For 2024?

You can find Arkle Chase odds right here at BetUK, as part of our Cheltenham Festival bet coverage that includes every race, such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Chase, as well as odds for every race on the first day of the event.

What Are the Arkle Chase Trends?

The Arkle Chase has a number of key trends that may have to be considered for all bettors on novice chasers, 12 out of the last 13 winners were aged 6 or 7 with Edwardstone being the exception in 2022. A number of winners in this race have either won the Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown or the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on their last run including El Fabiolo.

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