Arkle Chase Tips

2020 Arkle Chase Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The second Grade 1 on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival, the Arkle Chase has been a race synonymous with champion chasers. 

With a past winners list that includes the formidable Altior, Douvan, Un de Sceaux and Sprinter Sacre, it’s not surprising that bettors love betting on the Arkle Chase and along with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, it’s a great way to kick off the festival. 

A good form guide for the Champion Chase, the Arkle Chase is a must-see race at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. 

Arkle Chase Key Facts

DateTuesday March 11, 2020
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£175,000

Arkle Chase Date & Time 2020

The Arkle Chase is the second race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 11, 2020 and the official starting time is 2:10pm. 

The Day 1 card also includes the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Champion Hurdle and David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. 

2:10 – Arkle Chase 
2:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase 
3:30 – Champion Hurdle 
4:10 – Mares Hurdle 
4:50 – National Hunt Chase Cup 
5:30 – Close Brothers Novices Chase 

Arkle Chase 2020 Betting Tips

We will have 2020 Arkle Chase tips available which sees a wide-open field take to Cheltenham.

2020 Arkle Chase betting odds & field

We will have 2020 Arkle Chase Betting Tips when the field is released.

2020 Arkle Chase field

The field hasn’t been confirmed but we will post an updated 2020 Arkle Chase field when it is released. 

Arkle 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. 

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 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.