Arkle Challenge Trophy

Arkle Challenge Trophy
Introduced 1969
RacecourseCheltenham, Old Course
Race Distance1 mile, 7 furlongs & 199 yards
Entry ConditionsHorses aged 5 and over
Current SponsorRacingPost
Date & Time Day 1 / Tuesday 16th March 2021 / 14:10
Leading Jockey Barry Geraghty with 8 wins
Leading Trainer Nicky Henderson with 6 wins

The Arkle Challenge Trophy is a race which takes place at 14:10 on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of approximately 3 miles and features 13 fences. The race is open to novice horses aged 5 and over.

Replacing the Cotswold Chase race at the Cheltenham Festival in 1969, the Arkle Challenge Trophy is named after three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner ‘Arkle’ who won the cup in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2020 1st Put The Kettle On 6 16-1 H De Bromhead Aidan Coleman  
  2nd Fakir D’Oudairies 5 3-1 J P O’Brien M P Walsh  1 1/2 lengths
  3rd Rouge Vif 6 9-1 H Whittington G Sheehan  18 lengths
2019 1st Duc Des Genievres 6 5-1 W P Mullins P Townend  
  2nd Us And Them 6 14-1 J P O’Brien J J Slevin 13 Lengths
  3rd Articulum 9 25-1 T O’Brien J D Mullins 3 3/4  Lengths
2018 1st Footpad 6 5-4F W P Mullins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Brain Power 7 10-1 N J Henderson Nico De Boinville 14 Lengths
  3rd Petit Mouchoir 7 9-4 H De Bromhead D N Russell 3/4 of a Length
2017 1st  Altior 7 1-4F N J Henderson Nico De Boinville  
  2nd Cloudy Dream 7 12-1 J M Jefferson B S Hughes 6 Lengths
  3rd Ordinary World 7 25-1 H De Bromhead D N Russell 9 Lengths
2016 1st  Douvan 6 1-4 N J Henderson Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Sizing John 6 9-1 H De Bromhead J J Burke 7 Lengths
  3rd Fox Norton 6 33-1 N P Mulholland R Johnson 3 3/4 Lengths
2015 1st  Un De Sceaux 7 4-6 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd God’s Own 7 33-1 T R George P J Brennan 6 Lengths
  3rd Josses Hill 7 12-1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 2 Lengths

Arkle Challenge Trophy Trends

  • 12 of the last 15 Arkle Challenge Trophy winners have won or have placed in a race at the Cheltenham Festival before
  • All 10 of the previous Arkle Challenge Trophy winners won the last time out
  • 19 of the last 20 Arkle Challenge Trophy winners were priced at 9-1 or shorter
  • 12 of the last 13 Arkle Challenge Trophy winners were aged 6 or 7 years old

Arkle Challenge Trophy Betting Offers

The Arkle Challenge Trophy may not be the biggest race at the Cheltenham Festival but you can bank on there being a large number of betting offers available on the race.

For every race at the Cheltenham Festival, bookmakers run a number of offers and promotions such as best odds guaranteed, extra places for each way bets, money back specials, free bet offers and many more.

Below we have listed Arkle Challenge Trophy betting offers which you can expect to be available for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.