Cheltenham

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

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 1.06s
  • Off time: 14:40:48
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Simonsig 8/15
2nd Baily Green (IRE) 33/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 41/111F Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 45
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 155 15/28.50
2 111123 EMERALD GREEN, ORANGE star, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, ORANGE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, ORANGE star Baily Green (IRE) 76
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 t M F Morris D J Casey 147 33/134.00
3 552302 Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap His Excellency (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-7 b1 D Pipe T Scudamore 151 80/181.00
4 P32-111 WHITE, DARK BLUE star, sleeves and cap Majala (FR) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 t T R George P J Brennan 152 33/134.00
5 232-111 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Overturn (IRE) 37
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 165 7/24.50
6 2111-11 Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap Simonsig 75
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 160 8/151.53
7 16-1141 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Tap Night (USA) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Miss Lucinda V Russell A P McCoy 145 25/126.00

Verdict

There are seven runners facing the starter in this but it will be a surprise if one of the first two in the betting doesn't come out on top. Overturn must be a pleasure to own and train having won a Northumberland Plate and a Chester Cup on the Flat and a Fighting Fifth over hurdles. A brave second in last year's Champion Hurdle, he's won all three starts over fences this season by an average of more than 20 lengths and will undoubtedly try and make all again here. His slick jumping will have most of these in trouble but we fancy SIMONSIG to gallop past the nine-year-old up the hill. Nicky Henderson believes the grey to be something special and he reportedly produced a sparkling piece of work last week in his final preparation. A winner over hurdles over a longer trip here last year, he will relish conditions and though his form over fences so far isn't as strong as that of Overturn he can extend his winning run. The others will probably be playing for places barring accidents and Arvika Ligeonniere may come out best of those if a fall at Leopardstown hasn't affected his confidence. He's already won twice at this level. Majala beat His Excellency in a Grade 2 at Warwick last month but this is another big step up the ladder.