Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy tips

This promises to be one of the highlights of the whole week and is just the first chase of the four day Festival. A whole host of former top-class hurdlers line-up over the larger obstacles this year and nearly all of them pass the major statistic that has sorted out 11 of the last 12 winners. That stat is the fact that you really need to be rated 142+ over hurdles to have a chance in the Arkle.

This year for the leading protagonists at least that should not be a problem as Peddlers Cross, Menorah, Al Ferof, Cue Card and current favourite Sprinter Sacre all qualify. What may worry backers of the impressive last time out winner Sprinter Sacre is the fact that despite the lack of big priced winners in the Arkle, there have only been two favourites in the last 20 years that have proved successful. The fancied horses have therefore held sway but not those right at the pinnacle of the market. Those looking for a horse betting how to should remember this.

Of the leading contenders plenty of them come from yards with very solid records in the race, Sprinter Sacre (Henderson) has won three Arkles, Al Ferof (Nicholls) has scored twice and Menorah (Hobbs) won the event last year and has had placed horses in the two previous years. People placing Cheltenham 2012 bets need to remember this.

If you are an aficionado of the way that horses run then it may well pay to steer clear of those out and out front runners in the race – only once since 19080 has the winner been able to make all the running in the Arkle. Attempt to do and you are probably a sitting duck for this classy field.

As for races which have produced the Arkle winner it may be a good idea to keep these particular contests in mind when you are studying the form for the Arkle, the November Novices’ Chase, Irish Arkle, Henry VIII Chase Chase or Kingmaker Chase, all of these have proved a good guide for the novices’ two-mile Championship.

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