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  • 14:05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase 2m

  • (Grade 1) £150,000 added 5yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 47.40s
  • Off time: 14:05:28

Champagne Fever among 18 Arkle contenders

Last Updated: 05/03/14 1:04pm

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Champagne Fever: Bids for a Festival hat-trick

Champagne Fever: Bids for a Festival hat-trick

Champagne Fever remains among 18 horses to have stood their ground for the Racing Post Arkle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

The Willie Mullins-trained grey, winner of the Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the past two Festivals, hasn't raced since a disappointing effort over Christmas but pleased his trainer with a schooling session under Ruby Walsh at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Champagne Fever could be joined by stable companions Djakadam, Felix Yonger and Mozoltov, while other possible Irish challengers include Tony Martin's Ted Veale and the Charles Byrnes duo of Arnaud and leading fancy Trifolium.

Harry Fry's pride and joy Rock On Ruby heads the home team as he bids to enhance his wonderful Cheltenham record for owners The Festival Goers.

Nicky Henderson, who trained Simonsig to victory 12 months ago, relies on Grandouet, while Paul Nicholls has Dodging Bullets and Hinterland engaged.

Alan King has left in Valdez and Raya Star and other possibles include Claret Cloak from the Emma Lavelle yard and David Pipe's Standing Ovation.

Among those to be withdrawn were Balder Succes, Shrapnel, Don Cossack and Ballycasey.

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