Arkle Chase Betting Odds 2021 | Winner Cheltenham

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We are looking at the Arkle Chase odds for a race that is run on the first day of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in March. It covers the Arkle Chase favourites 2021, race details and the history of the Grade 1 steeplechase that is run over a distance of two miles.

Arkle Chase Betting Odds Winner – Favourites 2021

This table compares the Arkle Chase odds for the winner with leading bookmakers. The odds in bold highlight the best odds under the bookmaker banner. The table shows the Arkle Chase favourites 2021. If you want to compare all Cheltenham betting odds for the 4 days, please visit this page.

Arkle Chase Favourites Odds*
Shishkin 1
Energumente 11/4
Allmankind 8
Franco De Port 20

*Odds are subject to change

Arkle Chase Tips

The Arkle Chase Cheltenham is the novices’ championship race of the season over the minimum distance of two miles. Most of the runners are first-season chasers who have shown decent form over hurdles and are now graduating to the bigger obstacles. Here are two Arkle Chase tips for the race:

Shishkin

Shishkin is the clear favourite with bookmakers in the Arkle Chase odds at the time of writing and barring injuries should be the favourite on the day of the race. The seven-year-old gelding is trained by Nicky Henderson and the regular rider is Nico de Boinville.

The horse has won six races from seven starts under rules, including his only two races over fences. He has an official rating of 162 and a Racing Post Rating of 170. The Henderson runner won the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. His trainer decided to send his horse novice chasing rather than target the Champion Hurdle.

Shishkin has the best overall form in the field and is a worthy favourite in the latest Arkle Chase odds and one of the Arkle Chase tips.

Energumene

Energumene is the second favourite in most Arkle Chase odds lists but at substantially bigger odds than Shishkin and is unlikely to start at a shorter price.

He is also a gelding aged seven, trained by Willie Mullins in Ireland for Tony Bloom who is the chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club who play in the Premier League in England. The most recent regular rider is Paul Townend.

Energumene has raced five times under rules and won one National Hunt Flat race, one hurdle race and two chases.

The horse has not run enough times to warrant an Official Rating but has recorded a best Racing Post Rating of 159. Energumene is more about potential than the proven form on the track and has to improve significantly to beat Shishkin but deserves to be amongst our Arkle Chase tips.

Arkle Chase Cheltenham Festival

The following sections feature some information about the Arkle Chase Cheltenham:

Racing History

The Grade 1 race was first run under its current name in 1969 and is named after the horse who won three Cheltenham Gold Cups. The race distance is almost two miles and there are 13 fences.
Horses aged five and older are eligible for a race that is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham. The Arkle Chase is the championship race for novice chasers over about two miles.

The winner of the race often becomes a leading contender for the Champion Chase the next season. Altior won the Arkle Chase in 2017 and the next two Champion Chases. Put The Kettle On was the first mare to prevail since 1980 when winning as outside in the 2021 Arkle Chase odds.

Prize Money

The prize money for the leading positions in the Arkle Chase Cheltenham in 2020 was as follows:

  • 1st: £98,472.00
  • 2nd: £37,100.00
  • 3rd: £18,568.00
  • 4th: £9,275.00
  • 5th: £4,655.00
  • 6th: £2,328.00
  • 7th: £1,155.00
  • 8th: £595.00

At the time of writing the prize money for the 2021 Arkle Chase has not been confirmed but it should be at a similar level to last year.

Famous Winner

The most famous winner of the Arkle Chase in recent years is Sprinter Sacre who won the race in 2012. The horse was trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty. The six-year-old was the 8/11 favourite in the Arkle Chase odds and won the race by seven lengths, with Cue Card in second place.

Sprinter Sacre won the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham in 2013 and 2016. He won 18 races from 24 starts under rules, including 14 over fences. Sprinter Sacre contested his last race before retirement at Sandown in April 2016, winning the Grade 1 Celebration Chase by 15 lengths from Un De Sceaux.

Records

The joint leading jockeys since 1946 with four wins are:

Barry Geraghty

Moscow Flyer (2002), Forpadydeplasterer (2009), Sprinter Sacre (2012) and Simonsig (2013).

Ruby Walsh

Azertyuiop (2003), Un de Sceaux (2015), Douvan (2016) and Footpad (2018).

Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer since 1946 with six wins:
Remittance Man (1991), Travado (1993), Tiutchev (2000), Sprinter Sacre (2012), Simonsig (2013), and Altior (2017).

The race is confined to novices so there are no multiple winners. Any horse that wins the Arkle Chase does not qualify for the race in subsequent years. There was no renewal in 2001 because the Cheltenham Festival was cancelled due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK.

Arkle Chase – FAQs

Here are the answers to some common questions related to the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham:

What Time is the Arkle Chase Cheltenham 2021?

The Arkle Chase is scheduled to be run at 14.10 at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021 but the race programme is subject to change so it could start at a different time.

Who Won the Arkle Chase Last Year?

The winner of the Arkle Chase in 2020 was Put the Kettle On, trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Aidan Coleman. The Starting Price was 16/1 while the favourite, Notebook, finished sixth. Put The Kettle On is not one of the Arkle Chase favourites 2021.

Which Horse is the Favourite to Win in 2021?

At the time of writing in January, the Arkle Chase favourites 2021 horse is Shishkin who can be backed at a shade less than even money. There are a number of trials and prep races before the race in March but only injury and not running should prevent Shishkin being the Arkle Chase odds favourite on the day of the race. The horse has the form and ratings to oblige for favourite backers.

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