Today's racecards

Cheltenham

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

  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 47.40s
  • Off time: 14:05:28
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Western Warhorse (IRE) 33/1
2nd Champagne Fever (IRE) 11/4
3rd Trifolium (FR) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 34-1312 Dark Green, White cross belts, hooped sleeves, White cap Brick Red 31
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 143 66/167.00
2 3113-13 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Champagne Fever (IRE) 75
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 W P Mullins R Walsh 144 11/43.75
3 97-1112 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 31
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 156 6/17.00
4 2F6-U22 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 74
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 153 9/110.00
5 123-211 Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-4 t H Fry N Fehily 5/16.00
6 12-8354 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Ted Veale (IRE) 44
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-4 A J Martin D N Russell 146 25/126.00
7 24-1221 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Trifolium (FR) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 C Byrnes B J Cooper 157 11/43.75
8 302-111 Dark blue, light blue hoops and armlets, red cap Valdez 45
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 A King R Thornton 153 10/111.00
9 1F1-261 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Western Warhorse (IRE) 62
Nag me
6 11-4 h D Pipe T Scudamore 135 33/134.00

Verdict

Unconvincing wins against minor opposition over the larger obstacles suggest former champion hurdler Rock On Ruby represents little value in this. His jumping has hardly been foot-perfect so far and only two nine-year-olds have won the Arkle Trophy since the Second World War. Winning form at The Festival is always a plus so last year's Supreme Novices' winner Champagne Fever shouldn't be ignored but we can't see any reason why the grey should reverse Leopardstown running with TRIFOLIUM on identical terms. Charles Byrnes' gelding was hugely impressive when ridden more aggressively at the same track next time, reversing form with Defy Logic and earlier Navan running with Felix Younger, who declines a re-match. If he takes to these fences, he'll take all the beating. Valdez probably needs more in this grade and the company looks too hot for Brick Red while Western Warhorse probably needs further and may get outpaced on the drying ground. But Dodging Bullets should confirm Kempton running with the disappointing Grandouet and lost nothing in defeat in the Game Spirit last time.