Arkle Novices' Chase Tips

The second Grade One on the day one card at the Cheltenham Festival is the thrilling Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Named in honour of one of the greatest horses ever to grace the sport, the Arkle has produced many outstanding winners during its history.

Greats like Flyingbolt, Moscow Flyer, Sprinter Sacre and Altior all won the Arkle during their first season over fences, and went on to win even bigger prizes at future Cheltenham Festivals.

Cheltenham Festival Day One Card

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2020 ResultPlace Bet / Watch Replay
13:30Supreme Novices' HurdleWinner: Shiskin 6/1
14:10Arkle Challenge TrophyWinner: Put The Kettle On 16/1
14:50Ultima Handicap ChaseWinner: The Conditional 15/2
15:30Champion HurdleWinner: Epatante 2/1 Fav
16:10Mares' HurdleWinner: Honeysuckle 9/4
16:50Novices' Handicap ChaseWinner: Imperial Aura 4/1
17:30National Hunt ChaseWinner: Ravenhill 12/1

2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy Tips

Once the 2020/21 National Hunt racing season begins, we’ll have long-term ante-post tips for the 2021 Arkle Novices’ Chase. As we get closer to the meeting, we’ll update our selections, before coming up with a final tip the day before the race.

2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Envoi Allen14/1bet365
Chantry House20/1William Hill
Captain Guinness25/1Ladbrokes
Concertista25/1Paddy Power
Darver Star25/1William Hill
Klassical Dream25/1Ladbrokes
Pic D'Orhy25/1Unibet

2021 Arkle Novices' Chase Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

As there's usually a hot-favourite to win the Arkle, many bookmakers stage special price boosts in the build-up to the race. Check out the best free bet offers you could use here:

Arkle Challenge Steeple Chase Free Bets 2020

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2020 Arkle Challenge Trophy Result

Arkle Chase 2020 Runners & Best Odds

RunnerBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Put The Kettle On16/1
2nd: Fakir Doudairies4/1
3rd: Rouge Vif12/1
Cash Back7/1
Esprit Du Large11/1
Marie Banrigh14/1
Al Dancer21/1
Global Citizen25/1
Non Runner No BetBest Odds Guaranteed
E/W Terms1/5 Odds - 3 PlacesSee all Runners

Arkle Novices' Chase Key Facts

DateTuesday March 16th, 2021
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£175,000

Arkle Novices' Chase Winners

The Arkle Chase has produced many champion winners, which have gone on to win other Grade 1 races throughout the Cheltenham Festival in years to come. 

Names such as Altior and Duvan, which both won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle the year before winning the Arkle Chase, grace the past winners list. 

Arkle Chase Winners
2020Put The Kettle On
2019Duc Des Genievres
2015Un de Sceaux
2014Western Warehouse
2012Sprinter Sacre
2011Captain Chris
2010Sizing Europe
2008Tidal Bay
2007My Way de Solzen
2006Voy Por Ustedes
2004Well Chief
2002Moscow Flyer
2001no race
1999Flagship Uberalles

Arkle Novices' Chase History

The Arkle Chase took over from the Cotswold Chase in 1969 when taken out by Chatham for trainer Fred Rimell and it pays tribute to Arkle, a three-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup throughout the 1960’s. 

Currently sponsored by the Racing Post, the Arkle Chase is a great lead-in race to many of the Cheltenham Festival feature races, including the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Several Arkle Chase winners have gone on to win the feature chase event, including Moscow Flyer, Voy Pour Ustedes and Azertyuiop. 

The favourites have had a good record in this race and none more so than Un de Sceaux, which won at an odds-on quote in 2015. That win gave Willie Mullins his first of three wins in a four-year span, which included 2018 winner Footpad. 

Mullins doesn’t hold the record for most wins, however, with that going to Nicky Henderson with six wins. His latest came in 2017 with champion chaser Altior. 

Much like many other Cheltenham Festival races, jockey Ruby Walsh has the record with four wins. That’s the same as Barry Geraghty who scored back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013 with Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig respectively. 

The race is open to five-year-old entrants but there hasn’t been a five-year-old winner since Voy Pour Ustedes in 2006.

Fakir D'Oudairies attempted to break the hoodoo surrounding five-year-olds in 2020, but Joseph O'Brien's charge couldn't pass 16/1 shot Put The Kettle On, who stayed on valiantly to claim a surprise victory.

Arkle Challenge Trophy FAQs

Who won the Arkle Chase 2020?

Prolific mare Put The Kettle On showed the boys the way home in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy. Despite having won four of her previous five starts over fences, the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old was a 16-1 chance. It was her first competitive appearance since landing the Arkle Trophy Trial over the course and distance in November.

When is the 2021 Arkle Chase?

The Arkle Chase takes place on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival, on Tuesday March 16th 2021.

What time is the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham?

The 2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy is due off at 2.10pm on Tuesday March 16th 2021. It is the second race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.

Who won the Arkle Chase 2020?

Put The Kettle on won the Arkle Challenge Trophy in 2020, carrying odds of 16/1.

What are the latest Arkle Chase odds?

Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner, Sishkin leads the latest Arkle Challenge Trophy odds ahead of the start of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.