Arkle Challenge Trophy Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)

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We look at the Arkle Challenge Trophy ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m at Cheltenham during the Cheltenham Festival to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Arkle Challenge Trophy Preview

A Grade One Chase for Novices over 2 miles on the Old Course at Cheltenham racecourse, for the Arkle Chase we are on the lookout for a future star of steeplechasing.

Arkle winners including Put The Kettle On, Altior, Sprinter Sacre, Sizing Europe, Voy Per Ustedes, Moscow Flyer, Azertyuiop, Flagship Uberalles and Klairon Davis have all gone on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Information:

If you are interested in other predictions at Cheltenham then head over to the Cheltenham tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG racing tipsters and also compare those predictions to the runners that make the trend shortlist when added below. We cover every race at the Cheltenham Festival and below you can find links to all of the races for each of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

How competitive is the Arkle Challenge Trophy market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2021 when the race had an over-round of 110%. The race in 2017 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 134%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Arkle Challenge Trophy, the over-round has been 117%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £117 which is bet.

Arkle Challenge Trophy Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Arkle Challenge Trophy next time out then you would have backed a total of 10 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -3.61. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2025 Arkle Challenge Trophy.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2024 renewal when Gaelic Warrior from W P Mullins under the guidance of Paul Townend, won in a time of 4:08.36, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Western Warhorse, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore set the quickest time of 3:47.04 in the 2014 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Arkle Challenge Trophy over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Western Warhorse (3:47.04) in 2014
  2. Douvan (3:48.60) in 2016
  3. Sprinter Sacre (3:51.10) in 2012
What the expert says...
Every winner from 2010 up until 2023 came into the race having won on their previous start with five of those coming from Leopardstown, four of whom won the Irish Arkle, the 2024 winner Gaelic Warrior came into the having unseated last time.

Andy Powell - Horse Racing Betting Expert - OLBG.com

Arkle Chase 13 Jun @ 06:10 - AntePost
Ballyburn 4.50
Sir Gino 6.00
Mystical Power 8.00
Firefox 9.00
Slade Steel 11.00

Arkle Challenge Trophy Past Winners

Here are the Arkle Challenge Trophy past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Arkle Challenge Trophy as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2024
4:08.36
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo 11-7 2/1F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2023
3:55.22
El Fabiolo (FR)
6yo 11-7 11/10F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2022
3:51.32
Edwardstone (GB)
8yo 11-4 5/2F
Tom Cannon
Alan King (GB)
2021
3:53.36
Shishkin (IRE)
7yo 11-4 4/9F
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2020
4:08.14
Put The Kettle On (IRE)
6yo 10-11 16/1
Aidan Coleman
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2019
3:58.90
Duc Des Genievres (FR)
6yo 11-4 5/1
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2018
4:02.40
Footpad (FR)
6yo 11-4 5/6F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2017
3:55.50
Altior (IRE)
7yo 11-4 1/4F
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2016
3:48.60
Douvan (FR)
6yo 11-4 1/4F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2015
3:51.40
Un De Sceaux (FR)
7yo 11-4 4/6F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Arkle Challenge Trophy have been based:

  • GB: 11 winners with an additional 18 placings from 125 runners
  • IRE: 9 winners with an additional 15 placings from 79 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 2 placings from 7 runners

Arkle Challenge Trophy Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Arkle Challenge Trophy over the last 20 renewals is W P Mullins who has won the race six times with those six winners coming from Un De Sceaux (2015), Douvan (2016), Footpad (2018), Duc Des Genievres (2019), El Fabiolo (2023) and Gaelic Warrior (2024). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Arkle Challenge Trophy are Nicky Henderson (4 wins), Alan King (3 wins) and Henry De Bromhead (2 wins). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Arkle Challenge Trophy, Paul Nicholls has sent a total of 13 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Arkle Challenge Trophy trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
W P Mullins25-6-10-9.15-8.94
Nicky Henderson14-4-9-8.05-1.38
Alan King6-3-3+10.50+5.10
Henry De Bromhead15-2-4+9.00+4.83
Philip Hobbs7-1-3+0.00-1.07
David Pipe5-1-1+29.00+15.80
Thomas Cooper1-1-1+8.00+4.00
Paul Nicholls13-0-1-13.00-12.33
Gordon Elliott6-0-1-6.00-4.85
Venetia Williams5-0-0-5.00-5.00

Arkle Challenge Trophy Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Arkle Challenge Trophy over the last 20 renewals is Paul Townend who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Duc Des Genievres (2019), El Fabiolo (2023) and Gaelic Warrior (2024). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Arkle Challenge Trophy is Nico de Boinville (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Arkle Challenge Trophy jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Paul Townend9-3-4+2.10-0.24
Nico de Boinville4-2-3-1.31+0.68
Aidan Coleman6-1-2+11.00+5.30
Denis O'Regan2-1-1+5.00+2.60
Tom Cannon1-1-1+2.50+1.50
Paddy Brennan8-0-2-8.00-3.70
Rachael Blackmore5-0-0-5.00-5.00
Graham Lee4-0-1-4.00-3.50
Sam Twiston-Davies4-0-0-4.00-4.00
Jonathan Burke3-0-1-3.00-1.37

Arkle Challenge Trophy Trend Analysis

The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 5 career wins, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-36.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Arkle Challenge Trophy is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 7 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Doncaster, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Doncaster last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 202 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 9 runners.

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Arkle Challenge Trophy despite multiple attempts:

  • Oscar (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Presenting (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Western Warhorse in 2014, winning for David Pipe at odds of 33/1 under the guidance of Tom Scudamore. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 10 winning favourites in the race. Remember to use the best racing tipsters along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2025 Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Schedule for Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival

Prepare for the ROAR of the Cheltenham Festival on the opening day when the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the feature on Tuesday is the Champion Hurdle.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo - 7/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Chianti Classico (IRE)
7yo - 6/1
Kim Bailey
David Bass
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
State Man (FR)
7yo - 2/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
5yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Lark In The Mornin (GER)
4yo - 9/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
J J Slevin
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Corbetts Cross (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival

The dust has settled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and now on to day two. The feature on the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We also have the cross country scheduled on Wednesday, a race like Marmite, some love it and some don't!

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo - 1/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
Fact To File (FR)
7yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Captain Guinness (IRE)
9yo - 17/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Unexpected Party (FR)
9yo - 12/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Jasmin De Vaux (FR)
5yo - 9/2
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Schedule for Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival

Halfway through the festival and onto day three where the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race. A hurdle race to test the stamina and see how can last best up the Cheltenham hill.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Grey Dawning (IRE)
7yo - 5/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Monmiral (FR)
7yo - 25/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Protektorat (FR)
9yo - 17/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Teahupoo (FR)
7yo - 5/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo - 8/1
Ben Pauling
Ben Jones
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Jeremy Scott
Lorcan Williams
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 13/8
Gavin Cromwell
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Friday at the Cheltenham Festival

The final day of the festival and feature race that we have all been waiting for, the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which the Irish have been fairly dominant in recent years.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Majborough (FR)
4yo - 6/1
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Absurde (FR)
6yo - 12/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Sam Ewing
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
8yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo - 8/1
Fiona Needham
Mr John Dawson
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Limerick Lace (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Gavin Cromwell
Keith Donoghue
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Better Days Ahead (IRE)
6yo - 5/1
Gordon Elliott
Danny Gilligan

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Arkle Challenge Trophy Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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