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Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase Tips - Cheltenham 2021

Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase Tips 2021 – Day 1, 13:55

Nicky Henderson’s 2020 Supreme winner Shiskin looks very much the one to beat in this years renewal of the Arkle, with his proven Cheltenham experience a big plus and his jumping over fences really impressing in two facile victories at Kempton so far. His most serious challenger is likely to come from Captain Guiness, who got his career back on track with a smooth frontrunning win over fences at Punchestown in December.

Best betting tips by Stephen Harris – Day 1, 13:55

Bets Horse Odds Bookmaker Akle Challenge Trophy Tips
#1  Shiskin Read Preview here
#2 Allmankind Read Preview here

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 16th March 2021



Arkle Challenge Trophy 2021 Preview

The 2021 Arkle promises to be a fantastic spectacle, with the trailblazing Allmankind sure to set a strong pace from the tape and the highly regarded Shiskin and Energumane both representing top connections. Nicky Henderson’s 2020 Supreme Novice winner Shiskin has reminded racing fans of the yards Sprinter Sacre and Altior with the way he has jumped in three starts so far this winter, showing tremendous scope and enthusiasm for his fences.

There will be some long faces among punters if he is beaten, looking one of the bankers on the opening day and currently a best priced Even money favourite. Endergumen has emerged as a serious danger in recent weeks, making all the running and bounding home alone in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February.

He is now 3/3 over fences, but there will be no easy lead with Allmankind in the line up and this track represents a severe test (has yet to venture outside of Ireland in six lifetime runs under Rules).


Arkle Challenge 2021 Trends

  • 11 of the last 12 winners were 6 or 7 years of age
  • 11 of the last 12 winners won their last race prior to Cheltenham
  • 11 of the last 12 winners had run at least 1 time prior at Cheltenham
  • 12 of the last 12 winners had run at least 4 times over hurdles

Arkle Challenge Trophy Tips 2021

Shiskin, Arkle Challenge Trophy Tip #1

Nicky Henderson’s 2020 Supreme Novice winner has always been a chaser on looks, and he created a deep impression when winning on chasing debut at Kempton on the 23rd November. He jumped like a natural that day and was in complete isolation from halfway on the decent ground, looking every inch a plausible replacement in time for the stables superstars’ Sprinter Sacre and Altior.

Tip stakes (out of 5):  5

Tip Horse Odds Best Bookmaker Bet
#1 Shiskin BET

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 16th March 2021


Allmankind, Arkle Challenge Trophy Tip #2

Dan Skelton’s bold frontrunner has been a revelation since going chasing this winter, really impressing with his fast low jumping and maintaining a blistering gallop from the tape. He is well worth his place in this valuable Grade 1, and is sure to take plenty of catching if left alone on the lead under the vastly improved Harry Skelton (making a concerted bid to become Champion jockey with the aid of his brothers very powerful team of horses).

Tip stakes (out of 5):  1

Tip Horse Odds Bookmaker Bet
#2  Allmankind BET

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 16th March 2021



Arkle Challenge Trophy Winners

The Arkle Novice Chase has produced some cracking future champions throughout its long history, the roll of honour since the turn of the century illustrating that perfectly. Moscow Flyer became one of the two miles greats after winning this in 2002, and he was quickly followed by Azertiyoup, Well Chief, Tidal Bay, Sprinter Sacre, Un de Sceaux, Douvan and Altior. A future champion chaser could well be on the cards in 2021 as Nicky Henderson’s promising Shiskin ticks all the boxes.

Last 5 Arkle Challenge Trophy Winners

Year Horses Jockey Trainer
2020 Put the Kettle On A Coleman H De Bromhead
2019 Duc Des Genievres P Townend W P Mullins
2018 Footpad  R Walsh W Mullins
2017 Altior N de Boinville N Henderson
2016 Douvan  R Walsh W Mullins

Arkle Challenge Trophy 2021 Race Conditions

Race Information
Location Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham England
Race Type Steeplechase
Distance 2 miles
Age 5 yo+
Weight 11 st 4 lb, 7lb allowance mares

FAQs about the Arkle Challenge Trophy race

Who will win the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

Our racing expert Stephen Harris’ favourite for the Arkle Challenge Trophy race is Shiskin. We invite you to read his preview to understand why Stephen has picked this horse.

What time is the Arkle Challenge Trophy race?

The Arkle Challenge Trophy race will be the second race of day 1. The race start is scheduled for 13:55.

What day is the Arkle Challenge Trophy race at Cheltenham festival 2021?

The Arkle Challenge Trophy race will take place on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival (Day 1 – Champions Day), Tuesday 16th of March 2021.

Who won the Arkle Challenge Trophy last year?

The 2020 Arkle Challenge Trophy was won by Put the Kettle On.


Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Tuesday 16th March, Day 1 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
1:55 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Tips
2:30 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips
3:05 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips
3:40 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Tips
4:15 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips
4:50 National Hunt Challenge Chase Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Wednesday 17th March, Day 2 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips
1:55 Festival Novices’ Chase Tips
2:30 Coral Cup Hurdle Tips
3:05 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips
3:40 Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase Tips
4:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Tips
4:50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Thursday 18th March, Day 3 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Marsh Novices Chase Tips
1:55 Pertemps Network Final Tips
2:30 Ryanair Chase Tips
3:05 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips
3:40 Paddy Power Plate Tips
4:15 Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle Tips
4:50 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Friday 19th March, Day 4 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips
1:55 County Handicap Hurdle Tips
2:30 Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips
3:05 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
3:40 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips
4:15 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Tips
4:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle Tips

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