Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase Betting Tips & Odds 2018
14.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
The Grade 1 Racing Post Arkle has been won by so many greats of the sport, from Sprinter Sacre to Moscow Flyer in days gone by.
A two mile steeplechase for the speediest and slickest jumping novice chasers, the Arkle is generally seen as a stepping stone for Queen Mother Champion Chase hopefuls and it is very much a top Grade 1 contest in its own right.
After the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Arkle continues the top class Day One action and in 2018 it is shaping up to be a typically absorbing renewal. It can often cut up into a small field, so it will be interesting to see how many genuine Arkle contenders form in the weeks to come.
Post Arkle Feature Betting Tip
Footpad is a worthy favourite. Willie Mullins’ horse was a high-class hurdler, he won the Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle.
He also won the Grade One Prix Alain du Breil as a juvenile, and he finished second in the Irish Champion Hurdle and fourth in the Champion Hurdle as a five-year-old. Footpad has however failed to win at Cheltenham on his two previous visits which is off-putting.
Although Footpad comfortably accounted for PETIT MOUCHOIR in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown last month there is no reason why the grey cannot reverse the form on this occasion and is our betting tip.
Ring rustiness can be attributed to Petit Mouchoir’s run in Dublin and Footpad is unlikely to steal the same march on the field again here.
Saint Calvados is an exciting prospect but whether Cheltenham plays into his style of galloping remains to be seen.
Brain Power has had a wind-op since his last run and connections are hoping for much better things.
The seriously promising Footpad is a top price of 13/8 at Betfair to land the Racing Post Arkle for Willie Mullins and he is every inch the worthy favourite, quickly forming into one of the main “Festival Banker” horses in all Cheltenham Betting discussions.
He was a very talented hurdler and finished 4th in the Champion Hurdle itself last year, finishing ahead of The New One, Sceau Royal, Yanworth and Wicklow Brave. This term, Footpad has developed into an electric jumper. He’s won all three chase starts in Ireland and it’s clear to all that this pocket rocket will be tough to beat in March.
If any others can beat Footpad, North Hill Harvey or Brain Power could prove the biggest threats for the home defence.
Latest Arkle Chase Betting Odds
- Footpad – 13/8
- Sceau Royal – 7/1
- Petit Mouchoir – 10/1
- Brain Power – 14/1
- North Hill Harvey – 14/1
- Al Boum Photo – 20/1
- Rather Be – 20/1
- Modus – 25/1
- Mount Mews – 25/1
- Capitaine – 25/1
- Koshari – 33/1