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The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase is run on the old course and is actually 21 yards short of two miles. A couple of key stats for the race are that six or seven year olds have won nine of the last ten renewals (the exception being last years winner, the 8 year old Edwardstone) and nine of the last ten winners have finished first or second in all of their completed chase starts.

This years renewal is maybe a shoot out between the two old foes Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson. Closutton maestro Mullins has the current favourite El Fabiolo who had several of these behind him when an impressive ten length winner of the Irish Arkle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown at the beginning of February on only his second start over fences. He’s progressive and looks the best of the Mullins battalion which includes Appreciate It whose hat trick was thwarted by El Fabiolo in the aforementioned Irish Arkle and has ten lengths to find on his stable companion and according to his canny trainer is likely to step up in trip and run in the Turners. Just behind Appreciate It that day was another of the Mullins gang in Dysart Dynamo who had been so impressive previously at the same track on his chasing debut. The most interesting of the remainder of the Willie Mullins entries is probably Sir Gerhard, a classy eight year old who’s won the Champion Bumper and Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the last two Festivals and won a three runner novice chase at Gowran Park by a long way on his chase debut in January. He holds entries in all three of the novice hurdles at this years Festival (as well as the Stayers Hurdle) but would be of interest wherever he runs.

Nicky Henderson will saddle his smart Jonbon whose only career defeat came at last year’s Festival in the Supreme Novice Hurdle when a 22L runner up to Constitution Hill. He’s won all three of his novice chases at prohibitive odds with his latest 5 1/2L win in the Kingmaker at Warwick a fiddly old race where he didn’t impress everyone. There was only two runners that day and his rival Calico made a move at the 6th which appeared to take Jonbon by surprise who battled back well to win cosily in the end. There was only a neck between him and El Fabiolo at Aintree last season over hurdles and there is unlikely to be much between them this year round as well.

Of the others Joseph O’Brien’s Banbridge has a bit to find on Irish Arkle form whilst Gavin Cromwell’s Final Orders is stepping out of handicap company chasing a six timer.

This should be between the two principals in El Fabiolo and Jonbon with slight preference for the former.

Punters Lounge Tip: El Fabiolo @ 5/4 NR NB at >William Hill - Click Here To Bet

by The Brigadier

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Sporting Life Arkle Novices' Chase - 2.10 Cheltenham 

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase is run on the old course and is actually 21 yards short of two miles. A couple of key stats for the race are that six or seven year olds have won nine of the last ten renewals (the exception being last years winner, the 8 year old Edwardstone) and nine of the last ten winners have finished first or second in all of their completed chase starts.

BALLYBREEZE

Trained by local handler Samuel Drinkwater. Not seen since winning on chase debut last October in a novice handicap at Chepstow. Looks out of his depth here with three stone to find on official ratings.

DYSART DYNAMO

One of four Willie Mullins runners in race. Went off joint favourite in last years Champion Hurdle when falling three from home when travelling well. Taken well to chasing landing the odds when winning a four runner novice chase at Leopardstown over Christmas with his usual exuberant style from the front. Similar tactics were employed in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival when only run out of it after the last finishing 10 1/2L fourth to stable mate El Fabiolo. Looks the pace to the race here with Danny Mullins in the saddle.

EL FABIOLO

A smart novice hurdler who was only a neck behind Jonbon at Aintree last spring. Trained by Willie Mullins he’s made a a great start to fencing winning at Fairyhouse by 19L and the Irish Arkle Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown last month by 10L from Banbridge (Dysart Dynamo back in third). Big chance here with Paul Townend taking over from Darryl Jacob.

HA D’OR

Another Willie Mullins trained runner who has won one of his three starts over the bigger obstacles. Second last time out at Navan in a a grade three leaves Rich Ricci’s gelding with a bit to find with the principals having a stone to find on official ratings.

HOLLOW GAMES

Gordon Elliott’s representative. Comfortable winner at Navan on fencing debut back in November but struggled when upped to this grade at Leopardstown over Christmas finishing 4th of 5 behind Saint Roi. Hopes rest on a recent wind operation improving him. Davy Russell rides.

JONBON

Trained at Seven Barrows by Nicky Henderson. A smart hurdler who chased home his stable companion Constitution Hill in the Supreme on this day last year prior to getting the better of El Fabiolo in a ding ding finish at Aintree triumphing by a neck. Unbeaten in three starts over fences at Warwick by 7L, Sandown by 8L and Warwick again by 5 1/2L. Didn’t impress everyone with that latest success when he actually looked in trouble in a match when a 1/16 chance! Eventually got the job done and the horse who gave him that scare Calico has won a handicap since. A major player under Nico De Boinville.

SAINT ROI

Races in the same ownership as Jonbon in the green and gold silks of JP McManus. A grade one winner at Leopardstown over Christmas on his second start over fences but unseated his rider when a 10/1 chance at the fifth in the Irish Arkle won by El Fabiolo. Only has 9lb officially to find with the principals and has each way claims.

STRAW FAN JACK

Trained in Wales by part time beauty saloon owner Sheila Lewis. Has won two of his three starts over fences but in much lower class and looks out of his depth here.

EFFERNOCK FIZZ

The most experienced of the nine runners having run ten times over fences. The only mare in the contest so can claim the 7lb sex allowance. Last seen winning a three runner mares only novices chase at Ludlow last month and looks out of her depth here.

Summary:-

It’s hard to look beyond the front three here with Willie Mullin’s Dysart Dynamo certain to lead them along at a fair pace and if backing him you’re sure to get a decent run for your money although as at Leopardstown last time he’s likely to run out of puff on the final climb to the finish. El Fabiolo has done nothing wrong in his two starts over fences and appeals as the most likely winner here having blitzed his field in the Irish Arkle last month. Jonbon is a big danger mind having won all three of his starts over the bigger obstacles. It should be right royal battle between the Mullins and Henderson chasers with preference slightly for the former.

1 El Fabiolo

2 Jonbon

3 Dysart Dynamo

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El Fabiolo looks the one to be on but he's not the best jumper in the world and I'm always wary of backing one who can clout a fence or two around Cheltenham, especially in a race like the Arkle.

Dysart Dynamo has a bit to find but if getting into a rhythm, looks a decent e/w alternative and may just be able to pinch it on favoured ground at 13/2.

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They don't come and tougher than this on who to side with.

El Fabiolo and Jonbon met at Aintree and El Fabiolo was much more inexperienced at the time.

Against That Nicky would have had Jonbon 110% fit for Cheltenham and the onlw from there is down.

So we don't know how much those exertions affected him.

The Key may be that in the end Jonbon stayed on and pulled out that bit extra.

He may just be a stronger stayer than El Fabiolo so I will thrown in my penny's worth and go with Jonbon

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