Jockeys

Arkle Chase Jockeys

As well as having the best horse in the race, trainers will fight it out tooth-and-nail to try and get the best jockeys to pilot their challengers in the Arkle Chase as they look to bag 2m novice chasing glory.

Down the years some of the greatest national hunt jockeys have lifted the crown at the Cheltenham Festival with the quintet of Glen Kelly, Pat Taaffe, Richard Dunwoody, Jamie Osborne and AP McCoy all heading the winners' table with three victories in the race.

In recent times, Robert Thornton won back-to-back Arkle titles in 2006 and 2007 as he partnered Alan King's duo of Voy Por Ustedes and My Way De Solzen to victory, whilst Richard Johnson produced a masterful ride aboard Captain Chris in the 2011 renewal and is another to watch out for.

Ruby Walsh is definitely a name synonymous with the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, but the Irish star has only bagged the Arkle crown once in his illustrious career, and that was back in 2003 where he teamed up with Paul Nicholls' Azertyuiop.

Barry Geraghty teamed up with Jessica Harrington to win the 2002 Arkle with the mighty Moscow Flyer, who became a phenomenon and he then bagged his second success in the race in 2009 when he rode Forpadydeplasterer to victory to show he also has great credentials in the contest.

Jason Maguire has never won the race before, but he is all set to have a magnificent chance in this year's contest as he is expected to ride Donald McCain's Peddlers Cross, who is current favourite in the Arkle 2013 Betting.