The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is the second race of Day One at The Cheltenham Festival. This event is amongst the biggest meetings not only at Cheltenham Racecourse but of the entire National Hunt horseracing calendar.
The Festival is made up of 28 exquisite races, split into 4×7 racecards across four days every March, usually covering St. Patrick’s Day – attracting many horseracing fanatics across from the Emerald Isle.
The four-day festival at Cheltenham is second to only the Grand National in terms of prize money, with The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, and the biggest of all, The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase offering millions.
Day One of The Festival, also known as Champion Day, begins on Tuesday the 16th of March 2021. The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase will be the second race of the day, commencing at 14:10.
About the Race
Open to horses aged 5 years and above and run on the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham, The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is 1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards in length and features 13 fences for the novice chasers to jump.
Originally run on Day Two of The Cheltenham Festival and called the Cotswold Chase, The Arkle Challenge Trophy was given its new name in tribute to Arkle who won The Cheltenham Gold Cup three times consecutively in 1964, 1965 and 1966.
2021 will be the first Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase sponsored by Sporting Life, following sponsorships from The Racing Post, The Irish Independent, Guinness, and Waterford Castle since 1991.
The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is penned in for 14:10 on Tuesday the 16th of March 2021.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Shishkin (IRE) – 8/11 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (30/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Envoi Allen (FR) – 3/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (17/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Energumene (FR) – 5/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (13/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Allmankind (GB) – 8/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (05-12-20) – trained by Dan Skelton
- Klassical Dream (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (31/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Unexcepted (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (20/10/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Franco De Port (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (26/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Hitman (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (05-12-20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Allart (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (23/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Captain Guinness (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (13/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
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Cheltenham Festival is notorious for bringing out the generous side of the bookies, who often place odds of up to 150/1 on competing horses – and in races with so many hurdles, anything can happen.
7-year-old Shishkin has the shortest odds on winning The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase at Cheltenham Festival 2021 with a current ante-post starting price of 8/11.
The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase has historically seen some big priced winners, just like last year when Put The Kettle On won with a starting price of 16/1 which would have returned £160 profits from a £10 outright bet.
Last year it was 16/1 outsider Put The Kettle On that took the first place prize in The Arkle Challenge Trophy, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Henry De Bromhead.
5/2 race favourite Notebook, also trained by Henry De Bromhead, only managed a 6th place finish making Notebook the last horse to cross the line disregarding pulled up horses and fallen jockeys.
The 2019 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase was won by 5/1 Duc Des Genievres (FR), ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
6-year-old Us And Them finished in second place with a starting price of 14/1 and 9-year-old Articulum managed third-place with a fantastic starting price of 25/1.
5/6 favourite Footpad won The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase in 2018, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.
In a race that only featured 5 runners, it was only 66/1 Robinshill that finished outside of the prize-pool positions.
Huge favourite Altior won the 2017 edition of The Arkle Challenge Trophy with a starting price of 1/4, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
12/1 Cloudy Dream won the £37,398 second-place prize, 25/1 Ordinary World won the £18,725 third-place prize and 6/1 Royal Caviar took £9,328 for his fourth-place finish.
It was 1/4 favourite Douvan that beat the 6 other runners back in 2016, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.
Only 5 out of the 7 runners completed the race after Vaniteux lost jockey Nico De Boinville and Baltimore Rock fell 2 out.