Need some help finding the winner of the 2023 edition of the Arkle Chase? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last 10 renewals in order to help you find the winner of the two-mile Grade 1 novice event.
👀 Banbridge - very impressive— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 12, 2022
Cheltenham Festival hero Banbridge remains unbeaten over fences with a stylish win in the Arkle Trial @CheltenhamRaces | @JosephOBrien2 pic.twitter.com/sjFiIgG6We
Blue Lord went straight to the top of the ante-post betting for the Arkle Chase after winning the Grade 1 Irish Arkle at Leopardstown's Dubling Racing Festival and looked the one to beat on all known form and trends at Cheltenham.
The Willie Mullins-trained star was unbeaten in three chase runs, all on galloping tracks, and the latest two on left-handed courses. He finished second.
The winner Edwardstone also fit all the key trends, but was considered a weaker selection than Blue Lord owing to the trials he had won and that he wasn't trained by top race trainers Mullins and Henderson.
He was also aged 8, which is off the trends, but on the day defied those negatives to prove unshakeable in a hectic renewal of the Arkle.
He's also gone on to prove he really is among the best two-mile chasers with victory in the 2022 Tingle Creek at Sandown.
Back-to-back British winners 🇬🇧— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) March 15, 2022
A first #TheFestival win for @TomCannon2 aboard EDWARDSTONE in the @Sportinglife Arkle 👏 pic.twitter.com/eb7wjEfoIF
Applying the key Arkle Novices' Chase trends narrows the possible field to two horses of interest.
Leading them with all the key trends boxes ticked is Jonbon, last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle second, who is trained by one of the Arkle's leading trainers, Nicky Henderson.
He's unbeaten in three runs over fences, including victory on a left-handed course and in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown. In fact, in eight lifetime races, he has only been beaten once, by stablemate Constitution Hill, who won't be taking part in this race.
Next-best is the Irish Arkle winner El Fabiolo, representing the race's other top trainer, Willie Mullins.
The six-year-old has won his two chases by a combined 29 lengths, both wins coming on galloping tracks, one left-handed and one right-handed.
This pair of superstars met at Aintree last spring in a Grade 1 novice hurdle and Jonbon won by a neck.
💪 Huge effort— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 4, 2023
El Fabiolo takes a big step forward to land the Goffs Irish Arkle with a brilliant performance in the G1 contest at @LeopardstownRC @WillieMullinsNH | @Dazjacob10 | @simon_munir | #DublinracingFestival pic.twitter.com/6j1X4OHZgm
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|1st||Edwardstone||5/2f||Alan King||Tom Cannon|
|2nd||Gabynako||25/1||Gavin Cromwell||Keith Donoghue|
|3rd||Blue Lord||4/1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
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