Arkle Challenge Trophy

Cheltenham Arkle Challenge Trophy 2013 - Simonsig heads intriguing market

Simonsig was one of the novice hurdling stars last season and now the Nicky Henderson-trained grey could make the transition to fences for the 2012/2013 campaign and he has been immediately installed as the clear favourite in the Arkle Challenge Trophy Betting and if taking to the larger obstacles will surely set a high benchmark.

However, there are sure to be some top class hurdlers stepping up to the chasing game and Donald McCain has already informed punters that Champion Hurdle runner-up Overturn will tackle a season over fences, whilst the likes of Henderson's Captain Conan and Oscars Well could be intriguing novice chasers, as we get closer and closer to the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Arkle Challenge Trophy

The Arkle Challenge Trophy, formerly known as the Cotswold Chase, was renamed in honour of the great steeplechaser, Arkle, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times in the 1960’s. Arkle Champion Chase History.

It is a Grade 1 National Hunt Novice Chase for five-year-olds and above and is run over a distance of 2 miles and over 12 fences on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse. It takes place on the first day of the famous Cheltenham Festival.

In terms of popularity at the Festival it ranks fourth, behind, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase but it remains one of the most popular with punters.

The race is particularly noted for its history of procucing winners who go on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following year. Flagship Uberalles, Moscow Flyer, Azertyuiop and Voy Por Ustedes are just four of these. See Arkle Trophy past winners. The race seems to be one specifically targeted by specialist Cheltenham and Arkle Trophy trainers, who see the race as the biggest test for their novice jumpers.

Betting - Arkle Trophy Champion Chase 2013

As you may know, the Arkle Trophy Chase is a popular betting market and millions are backed each year on the race. The attraction lies in the fact that it usually goes to form so the favorites in the Arkle Champion Chase odds are always the ones to look at first. See our Arkle Trophy Champion Chase tips as well to check out the form of this years runners and some of the statistics associated with the race. We also have the distinct advantage of providing you with an Arkle Trophy Chase Free bet facility with a variety of bookmakers. The offers are excellent this year and there is an even bigger choice.

Arkle Chase Runners 2013

More and more Arkle contenders will emerge as the season progresses, so make sure you keep in touch with our 2013 Runners section and as soon as the final declarations have been released we will provide you with a list, so you can begin to pick your potential winner of the race.