Arkle Chase Tips 2022

In this guide to the 2022 Arkle Chase tips, our racing experts examine the field ahead of this year’s renewal at the Cheltenham Festival. This Grade 1 feature on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival is one of the most popular 2m trips in the National Hunt season, and it features some of the most exciting novices in this sphere.

Arkle Chase Potential Runners & Favourites 

Eleven runners go to post for the Arkle – we assess the chances of those that we believe have the best chance of winning. 

EDWARDSTONE is the current favourite in the Arkle Chase betting 2022 as the Alan King-trained 8-year-old has taken his form over the fences to whole new heights this season.

It will be his third crack at the Cheltenham Festival, having run in the Supreme Novices and the County Hurdle without success. It could well be the third time lucky at the Festival for Edwardstone after completing a four-timer in mid-February in the Kingmaker at Warwick.

Edwardstone is just about the most prominent 2m novice chaser around, with each victory in his current unbeaten streak coming by at least four lengths.

BLUE LORD may be the one in the field which gives the favourite the most to think about. Blue Lord warrants respect and consideration in Arkle chase 2022 tips with some hot form this season.

The Willie Mullins challenger was last seen landing the score in the Grade 1 Irish Arkle Novice Chase in early February. That completed a hattrick for him this season, and he also saw off a potential Arkle rival in the form of Riviere D’Etel in that contest.

RIVIERE D’ETEL came home second to Blue Lord in that Irish Arkle and was well within touch of the winner. She brings serious claims in Arkle betting with her 2m form over the fences this season.

She opened with a hattrick, including her first two over the fences in pattern company. It’s been back-to-back runner-up finishes by Riviere D’Etel in Grade 1 efforts on the last two occasions, and she has plenty of potential on her side.

Looking at some each-way claims in this year’s Arkle betting tips, we start with SAINT SAM. He only made his debut over the fences in January, with a winning start in a beginners chase. Saint Sam was then thrown into the Grade 1 Irish Arkle, in which he wasn’t disgraced with a third-place finish. Other longer-priced options include BRAVE SEASCA and GABYNAKO.

Arkle Chase Confirmed Runners

Horse Silks Trainer/Jockey Odds
Edwardstone J: Tom Cannon
T: Alan King
Blue Lord J: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
Riviere D’Etel J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Haut En Couleurs J: B J Cooper
T: Willie Mullins
Saint Sam J: Sean O’Keeffe
T: Willie Mullins
Magic Daze J: Darragh O’Keeffe
T: Henry De Bromhead
Coeur Sublime J: Rachael Blackmore
T:Henry De Bromhead
Gabynako Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Keith Donohue
T: Gavin Cromwell
Brave Seasca J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
War Lord J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
Red Rookie J: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle

*Odds Correct as of 11am 14/03/22*

How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Arkle Chase Race? 

The trends point towards looking at those stronger options at the head of the market for Arkle chase betting tips. That’s because there have been seven winning favourites in the last ten editions of the Arkle.

That includes last year’s massive 4/9 odds-on Fav SHISHKIN, who landed the score by an astonishing 12 lengths. 

So, the current favourite, EDWARDSTONE, does warrant some respect. Although there has been just one British winning horse in the last ten editions (Ireland 4, France 5). 18 of the 20 winners have been no bigger than 11/1.

Arkle Chase Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

Year Favourite Horse* Winning Horse
2021 Shishkin Shishkin (4/9)
2020 Notebook (6th) Put The Kettle On (16/1)
2019 Hardline (7th) Duc Des Genievres (5/1)
2018 Footpad Footpad (5/6)
2017 Altior Altior (1/4)
2016 Douvan Douvan (1/4)
2015 Un De Sceaux Un De Sceaux (4/6)
2014 Champagne Fever (2nd) / Trifolium (3rd) Western Warhorse (33/1)
2013 Simonsig Simonsig (8/15)
2012 Sprinter Sacre Sprinter Sacre (8/11)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up

Arkle Chase History & Present Time

The full name of the race is the Arkle Challenge Trophy, and it is a Grade 1 fixture that takes place on Cheltenham Day 1. The contest is a 2m trip for novice chasers only, and there are 13 fences for horse and jockey to manoeuvre. 

The contest is for 5-year-olds and above, with mares getting a 7lb allowance. The first edition of the Arkle was in 1964 when it replaced the Cotswold Chase. The 2022 Arkle Chase has a purse of £175,000.

Arkle Jockey & Trainer Records

Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in the Arkle, having seen home seven winners, including 2021 champion Shishkin. Both he and Willie Mullins have won four of the last 20 editions. Only two other trainers – Henry de Bromhead and Alan King – have won it twice in that span.

The leading jockeys are the retired Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh, who both won the famous fixture four times in their careers. Nico de Boinville is the only active jockey to have won the Arkle more than once (2).

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