Arkle Chase Odds 2023

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Shishkin ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville clears a fence on the way to winning the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase during day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Arkle Trophy Chase is a Grade 1 race confined to novices over two miles on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is named after the legendary Irish steeplechaser who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1964, 1965 and 1966. The winner of the Arkle Chase invariably returns to Cheltenham in future years to contest the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Horses to win both races include Flagship Uberalles, Moscow Flyer, Sprinter Sacre and Altior.

The last two were both saddled by Nicky Henderson who is the winning-most trainer in the history of the race. He won it for the seventh time with Shishkin in 2021. Alan King won it in 2006 and 2007 and the Arkle Chase odds 2023 are headed by his Edwardstone, an impressive winner of the Wayward Lad Novices Chase at Kempton. Other runners prominent in the Arkle Chase betting odds include the Irish Arkle first and second, Blue Lord and Riviere D’etel, trained by Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott respectively.

Arkle Chase Odds and Entries 2023

This year looks set to produce a high quality Arkle Chase with a fascinating clash between leading British hope Edwardstone and a strong Irish contingent. Willie Mullins, successful four times in a five-year spell from 2015 to 2019, had the original ante-post favourite in Ferny Hollow. That horse was withdrawn due to injury, prompting a reshuffle of the Arkle Chase odds 2023.

Mullins still holds a very strong hand with six of the 17 entries at the latest declaration stage. The pick of them is Blue Lord who had looked booked for second in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle before falling at the last flight. He is unbeaten in three races over the larger obstacles, culminating in a narrow and slightly controversial victory in the Irish Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

He was under pressure and struggling to reel in Riviere D’etel when that horse made a bad mistake at the last fence. Driven ahead by Paul Townend, Blue Lord tended to hang to his left, slightly impeding the renewed challenge of the runner-up. After a stewards’ enquiry the placings were allowed to stand and a fascinating rematch is in prospect at Cheltenham. Bookmakers are struggling to split the pair in the Arkle Chase betting odds but it is Edwardstone who is clear favourite at 9-4.

The eight-year-old was very useful over hurdles and was unlucky to be brought down on his chasing debut in November. He bounced back from that to win his next four races, displaying a smart turn of foot to win the Grade 1 Henry VII Novices Chase at Sandown. He has since won comfortably at Kempton and Warwick. 

Latest Arkle Chase Betting Odds *

*Best prices correct at time of writing

Edwardstone 9-4

Blue Lord 100-30

Riviere D’etel 4-1

Haut En Couleurs 7-1

Saint Sam 8-1

Magic Daze 16-1

Coeur Sublime 18-1

Third Time Lucki 18-1

Ciel De Neige 25-1

Jungle Boogie 28-1

Brave Seasca 33-1

War Lord 33-1

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Confidence has been growing behind leading British hope Edwardstone who was cut from 3-1 to 9-4 in the Arkle Chase odds after his latest victory at Warwick. Winning jockey Tom Cannon described him as “a horse of a lifetime” after comfortably seeing off the prolific Third Time Lucki. Trainer Alan King has always held him in high regard and believes he is right up to the level of his previous winners, Voy Por Ustedes and My Way De Solzen.

Gordon Elliott is also quite bullish about the prospects of his grey mare, Riviere D’etel. He believes that she emerged as the best horse in the race when narrowly beaten by Blue Lord at Leopardstown. That view was echoed by her rider Jack Kennedy who felt the interference suffered on the run-in had cost her the race.

Paul Townend on board Blue Lord, is equally confident that his mount can confirm the form at Cheltenham. Although he took a long time to get to Riviere D’etel, he felt that his horse was idling in front, not helped by a combination of the large crowd and a strong wind. It is difficult to look beyond the three market leaders in the Arkle Chase odds.

Mullins will probably leave it late before deciding whether to run any of his remaining Arkle entries; Ciel De Neige, El Barra, Haut En Couleurs, Jungle Boogie and Saint Sam. The latter finished a creditable third in the Irish Arkle after making the running while Haut En Couleurs was an early faller. Ciel De Neige won well in heavy ground at Punchestown in February but has an alternative entry in the Grand Annual Chase. Jungle Boogie is entered in all four novice chases at the festival and looks more likely to step up in trip.