Cheltenham Day 1 Tips: Racing Post Arkle Trophy Chase
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2020 Arkle Novices’ Chase Tips
Notebook beat FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES won when giving his younger rival seven pounds at Leopardstown, and there will be no gap between the two at the Cheltenham Festival. Henry De Bromhead’s charge looks a worthy favourite. Yet, I don’t think there’s much more progression left to come from Notebook – a notion I thought was justified at the Dublin Racing Festival, where Notebook looked a little work-man-like in seeing off Cash Back.
A seasons-best display will be needed to win the 2020 Arkle. I’m not sure Notebook is capable of that. Fakir D’Oudairies, on the other hand, has plenty left to give and I’m hopeful he will prove the class-act in the field.
Despite Fakir D’Oudairies winning twice from the front on his first couple of chasing starts, Mark Walsh decided to sit off a fairly slow pace at Leopardstown. Walsh also found himself boxed in on the rail as he tried to make up ground around the turn for home, and lost his irons briefly as he tried to find some open air.
There is talk that the Drinmore winner could go to the Marsh Novices’ Chase. Yet, soft ground is key to Fakir D’Oudairies’ chances and he’s much more likely to get that on day one than day three. There’s no doubt in my mind that this talented horse has the speed, grit and determination to triumph over two miles at Cheltenham and he could have too much quality for all of his rivals. He’ll be my sole 2020 Arkle tips.
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
The Arkle Challenge Cup brings together the best two milers from that season’s crop of novice chasers. Named after the greatest horse to have ever lived, Arkle made the yearly pilgrimage over from Ireland to Cheltenham, winning the Gold Cup for three years in a row during the 1960s.
Two miles of turf will have to be crossed at breakneck speed if any novice chasers wants to join greats like Flying Blot, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre on the illustrious roll of honour for this highly coveted Grade One and for coverage and the best Cheltenham day 1 tips, including the best bet for the Arkle and all Cheltenham day 1 races.