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Tip For Cheltenham’s Racing Post Arkle Mengli Khan Worth Chancing In Depleted Arkle

With several leading contenders falling by the wayside it could be worth chancing outsider Mengli Khan for the Racing Post Arkle Chase.

MENGLI KHAN – 25-1 (e.w.) with bet365 and Paddy Power (both non runner no bet) 2.10pm Cheltenham Tuesday 12th March.

LALOR - 3-1 with Betvictor (nrnb) 3/1 BetVictor

Just after Christmas the Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase looked one of the most competitive non handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival. Along with ante-post favourite Le Richebourg, the Paul Nicholls-trained Dynamite Dollars and Cilaos Emery from the powerful Willie Mullins stable have fallen by the wayside due to injury while the exciting Kalashnikov has looked vulnerable following two comprehensive defeats. The Cheltenham Festival betting odds for what now looks a decidedly winnable Grade 1 contest is headed by Lalor, Glen Forsa and Defi Du Seuil.

LALOR – 3-1 with Betvictor (nrnb)

Kayley Woollacott’s Grade 1 winning hurdler could not have been more impressive on his chasing debut, thrashing a field of decent novices that included Dynamite Dollar and Defi Du Seuil at Cheltenham in November. A shock defeat followed three weeks later on soft ground at Sandown behind Dynamite Dollar. Not seen since, the son of It’s Gino would be the one to beat if reproducing that debut victory.

GLEN FORSA – 9-2 with Ladbrokes (nrnb)

Mick Channon’s natural jumper has been a revelation since going over fences, winning all three starts, the first two in handicap company. Upped to Grade 2 company last time the mount of Jonathan Burke put in a spectacular round of jumping to outpoint a below-par Kalashnikov by 19 lengths. Hard to assess just how strong that form is but the seven-year-old’s jumping ability will always make him a hard horse to beat.

DEFI DU SEUIL – 5-1 With William Hill. 7-2 with Betvictor (nrnb)

Prior to the same owner’s Le Richebourg being announced a non runner when heading the betting for this two mile race Defi Du Seuil was expected to take his chance as favourite for the 4f longer JLT on the Thursday. A change of plan now looks likely for JP McManus’s 2017 Triumph Hurdle winner. Strong form since going over fences but was put firmly in his place by Lalor at Prestbury Park back in November.

MENGLI KHAN VALUE AMONG THE OUTSIDERS – 25-1 with bet365 and Paddy Power (both nrnb)

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At the start of the national hunt season Gordon Elliott’s charge was installed ante-post favourite for the Arkle following an excellent novice hurdle campaign which included a close third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Made a winning start over fences at Punchestown since when two defeats have followed. Too early to write off just yet and capable of running a big race for powerful connections if taking his chance. Also has other entries at the festival.