Arkle Trophy Chase betting tips and predictions for the second race on day one of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday 11th March.
This year’s renewal of the Arkle Trophy Chase is shaping up to be one the most intriguing races of the Festival and we have got a full preview and free Cheltenham tips ahead of the day one race where Champagne Fever is currently the favourite.
The ante-post market is currently headed by Champagne Fever (3/1 bet365), a horse who represents the powerhouse stable of Willie Mullins. Victorious twice at Cheltenham Festivals; first in the Champion Bumper and then in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, chasing always beckoned for this horse and he has strengthened up in the market, coming in from 6/1 to odds of 3/1 to win the Arkle.
Although he started his chasing career with a victory, he was far from impressive. Despite the whip not being drawn and the horse winning by four lengths, he was not convincing over the final two fences. He followed that up with a disappointing run in the Grade 1 WilliamHill.com Novices Chase where he finished third, 13 lengths from the winner on Boxing Day. From what I’ve seen so far, Champagne Fever looks better suited to a longer trip than 2m and despite still being entered in longer trips at the Cheltenham Festival, Willie Mullins has said he is Arkle bound.
Similarly, DODGING BULLETS (6/1 Coral) was always a decent hurdler; finishing fourth in the 2012 Triumph Hurdle before going on to win the Grade 2 Sharp’s Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham and now over fences he looks a very promising individual and is on the shortlist for our Arkle betting tips at Cheltenham.
He opened his account with an easy debut win, where he beat the useful Alan King horse Turn Over Sivola. He then went on to beat both Raya Star and Ted Veale comfortably by five lengths. He won at the Christmas meeting at Kepmtpon which was by far the most impressive victory as he claimed the win over the well fancied Nicky Henderson runner Grandouet, despite conceding 6lbs and then went down to Module by a neck on heavy ground at Newbury. That run was impressive and saw him go from 8/1 to 6/1 in the Arkle betting odds.
Another horse of interest is one of the Irish raiders in the form of Felix Younger (14/1 Betfred) who is yet another Willie Mullins recruit who showed impressive form when destroying a stablemate at Navan in early December before having an off day when the form was overturned by The Paparazzi Kid, he was also beaten at Leopardstown in January, failing to get close to Trifolium.
Rock On Ruby (6/1 bet365) has come in from 14/1 to 6/1 in recent weeks and was impressive despite beating just one rival in a two horse race at Doncaster. He was forced to go chasing after being beaten comprehensively by The New One at Kempton at the start of the season, The New One features in our Champion Hurdle betting tips. The 2012 Champion Hurdle winner looked very good on chasing debut, despite blundering the second last. Rock On Ruby looks be a serious contender for the Arkle and makes the shortlist for our Cheltenham tips on day one. He certainly has the pace, and Cheltenham experience to give a bold show; however the statistics are against him as no previous winners of the Champion, Supreme or Triumph Hurdle have ever gone on to win the race.
Examining the horses who have won the Arkle in the last three renewals, Simonsig, Sprinter Sacre and Sizing Europe remained unbeaten in their respective novice seasons before going on to claim the Cheltenham prize. Of this year’s contenders only DODGING BULLETS can boast a similar record (not taking in to consideration Rock On Ruby’s two victories to date). His jumping is fluent, he has a turn of foot, and he has strong form at Cheltenham all of which makes him the ideal Arkle betting tip for the Cheltenham Festival.
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