The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy

The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy is a Grade 1 Steeplechase named after the great Arkle, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times. It is run on the Old Course and the runners have to jump 13 fences. The race is for novice chasers, and it is the second race of the Festival and the first over fences.

It is the leading minimum-distance chase for novices in the jumps calendar. Some big names have won the Arkle in previous years such as Douvan, Sprinter Sacre, Moscow Flyer and Altior.

2.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Steeplechase Race

Distance: 2m

Age: 5 year olds +

Weight: 11st 4lb

Allowances: 7lb for mares

Prize Fund: £175,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Tuesday March 10

Cheltenham (Old Course) 2.10: Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m (ITV)


  • Willie Mullins has won four of the last five runnings of the Arkle
  • Nicky Henderson has trained three winners in the past 10 years


  • 6yo winners: 5
  • 7yo: 4
  • 8yo: 1

Official Rating

  • Six winners have been rated 160 or higher


  • Six favourites have won in the last 10 years, all of them odds-on
  • One non-favourite winner has returned a double-digit SP – 33/1

Form Pointers

  • All winners won their preceding race
  • Eight winners had won over the distance
  • Seven winners had won two or more races over fences
  • Six winners had already won at Grade 1 level, two more had won a Grade 2 race
  • Six winners had a 100% success record in competing in two or more chases
  • Five winners had won at Cheltenham
  • Five winners went into the race unbeaten in the same season
  • Five winners were having their fourth race of the season

The Racing Hub Verdict

1 Notebook, 2 Cash Back, 3 Al Dancer