ARKLE NOVICES' CHASE

The Arkle Chase is the championship race for 2-mile novice chasers. 

It's a real test for young horses who must be able to jump the 13 fences at speed.

Grade 1 | 5yo+ novices | Tuesday 14.10
2 miles | 13 fences | Old Course
Weight: 11st 4lb* | Allowance: 7lb for mares
Prize money (2022): £175,000 | 1st: £102,482
*Reduced from 11st 7lb in 2014

Introduced in 1969 as a replacement for the Cotswold Chase, it pays tribute to the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Arkle.

Many Arkle Chase winners have subsequently won the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

That includes the likes of Moscow Flyer, Azertyuiop, Voy Por Ustedes, Sizing Europe, Sprinter Sacre, Altior and Put The Kettle On.

4 of the last 8 winners were trained by Willie Mullins
Nicky Henderson has trained 4 winners, a 2nd and a 3rd from 8 runners in the last 11 years
The last 13 winners had all won last time out
14 of the last 16 winners were aged either 6 or 7
9 of the last 15 winners were officially top rated
8 of the last 11 favourites won
Updated to include 2022 renewal

The last three Supreme Novices' Hurdle winners to line up in this race the following year have won (Douvan, Altior & Shishkin).

And, just like the Supreme, the Arkle has been farmed by the Henderson and Mullins yards in recent seasons (8 of the last 11 winners between them).

Prior to Sprinter Sacre's win in 2012, there had only been one winning favourite in 19 years dating back to 1992.

However, there have been seven odds-on favourite winners since 2012.

That is, in part, due to fewer entries than before - all but one of those seven odds-on winners were in fields of just 5, 6 or 7.

This has coincided with the introduction of the Jewson (now the Turners Novices' Chase) in 2011, run over an extra four furlongs.

Five-year-old's are 0/16 since 2007 (the 5lb age allowance for five-year-old's was scrapped in 2008).

Voy Por Ustedes (2006) Well Chief (2004), Flagship Uberalles (1999) and Champleve (1998) all previously won the Arkle aged five.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
8
159
11-4
2021
7
164
11-4
2020
6
144
10-11
2019
6
151
11-4
2018
6
162
11-4

RECENT WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Edwardstone
Tom Cannon / Alan King
5/2f
2021
Shishkin
Nico de Boinville / Nicky Henderson
4/9f
2020
Put The Kettle On
Aidan Coleman / Henry de Bromhead
16/1
2019
Duc Des Genievres
Paul Townend / W P Mullins
5/1
2018
Footpad
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
5/6f
2017
Altior
Nico de Boinville / Nicky Henderson
1/4f
2016
Douvan
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
1/4f
2015
Un De Sceaux
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
4/6f
2014
Western Warhorse
Tom Scudamore / David Pipe
33/1
2013
Simonsig
Barry Geraghty / Nicky Henderson
8/15f
2012
Sprinter Sacre
Barry Geraghty / Nicky Henderson
8/11f
2011
Captain Chris
Richard Johnson / Philip Hobbs
6/1
2010
Sizing Europe
Andrew Lynch / Henry de Bromhead
6/1
2009
Forpadydeplasterer
Barry Geraghty / Tom Cooper
8/1
2008
Tidal Bay
Denis O'Regan / Howard Johnson
6/1
2007
My Way De Solzen
Robert Thornton / Alan King
7/2
2006
Voy Por Ustedes
Robert Thornton / Alan King
15/2
2005
Contraband
Timmy Murphy / Martin Pipe
7/1
2004
Well Chief
Tony McCoy / Martin Pipe
9/1
2003
Azertyuiop
Ruby Walsh / Paul Nicholls
5/4f
2002
Moscow Flyer
Barry Geraghty / Jessica Harrington
11/2
2001

Festival Cancelled

2000
Tiutchev
Mick Fitzgerald / Nicky Henderson
8/1

In 2022 Edwardstone became only the third eight-year-old to win the Arkle Chase in the last 30 years, following Sizing Europe and Moscow Flyer:

Shishkin cruised to a 12 lengths victory in 2021, to follow up his much tighter win in the Supreme a year earlier.

The 4/9 favourite was Nicky Henderson's seventh Arkle Chase winner:

Put The Kettle On became the first mare since 1980 to win the Arkle in 2020:

Duc Des Genievres walked away from the field in 2019 to give Willie Mullins a fourth Arkle Chase winner in 5 years:

Foodpad sealed an equally facile victory in 2018 with a big leap at the last:

Altior finished strongly to win the Akle Chase in 2017, the second of his four successive Festival victories:

Douvan also completed the Supreme/Arkle double without ever really coming off the bridle in 2016 - despite chancing the last:

Un De Sceaux, who would go on to win the Ryanair Chase 2 years later, led from the start and barely saw another rival in 2015: