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  • on 28.02.2012
  • at 10:35 PM
  • by KT

The Arkle Chase Betting Preview & Odds

The Irish Independent Arkle is a Grade 1 Chase for horses aged five years and older. Considered to be the best middle distance race of the National Hunt season for Novice Chasers, the Arkle is run over two miles and exciting 12 fences.

The race has been on the Cheltenham Festival card since 1969 when it replaced the Cotswold Chase, and was renamed in honour of the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Arkle. The race’s current sponsor is the Irish Independent Newspaper, and they have been since 1999.

In addition to AP McCoy, four other jockeys have won the race on three separate occasions; Glen Kelly, Pat Taaffe, Richard Dunwoody and Jamie Osborne.

The 2011 renewal of the Arkle Chase was won by Captain Chris, a horse trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson.

The Arkle Trends

  • 9 of the last 10 winners were rated 142 or more over hurdles.
  • All of the last 10 winners came from the first five in the betting.
  • All of the last 10 winners had run in between 1 and 5 chases.
  • 9 of the last 10 winners had finished in the first 2 on all completed chase starts.
  • 7 of the last 10 winners have been aged 7 or 8 years old.
  • Only 1 of the last 10 winners started favourite.
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had final prep race within 52 days of the Festival

The Arkle Odds

The Arkle Tips

Trends are vitally important in the Arkle Chase and they are to be ignored at your betting peril!

Speed is essential when looking for your Arkle winner and a horse which can take the fences at pace will have a great chance if they can get round.

Nicky Henderson‘s Sprinter Sacre currently heads the Arkle betting and well go off a shade of odds-on. The five year old would have it all to do though to buck the trends and win the 2012 renewal – given that only one of the last 10 favourites have won, and 7 of the last 10 winners were aged seven or eight. That said he has won his two races over fences so far this season and is the one to beat.

Menorah is another interesting runner. A horse that has bags of potential but one which has yet to perform over fences. A strong pace may suit, and he has won over Cheltenham hurdles, but he may have to settle for a place at best in this season’s race.

Jockey Ruby Walsh fancies Al Ferof to pip Sprinter Sacre and so do we. The horse may just have the pace to go beyond his opponent at the death if the Irish jockey can get the horse tucked in behind any front-runners, and with Paddy Power’s generous concession should the favourite win – this has to be the bet.

The Arkle Chase really is shaping up to be one of the best races of the festival! Bring it on…

Update: Peddlers Cross was our ante post tip for the Arkle, but Donald McCain’s runner will now go for the Jewson.

The Arkle Offers

Have a bet on the Arkle and if Sprinter Sacre wins the race, Paddy Power will refund all losing bets on the race!

Other Cheltenham Festival Race Previews

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle »
*Champion Hurdle »

Day 2 (Wednesday)

RSA Chase »
*Queen Mother Champion Chase »

Day 3 (Thursday)

Ryanair Chase »
*Ladbrokes World Hurdle »

Day 4 (Friday)

*Cheltenham Gold Cup »

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