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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Leading Racing Post Arkle contenders clash at Sandown

North Hill Harvey (right) holds on Sceau Royal by a neck at Cheltenham in October
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Get ready for a shake-up in the Racing Post Arkle ante-post betting as three of the top five in the list for the Cheltenham Festival feature take each other on at Sandown on Saturday.

Something has to give in what should be an explosive running of the Henry VIII Novice Chase with Arkle second favourite Brain Power facing Finian's Oscar, who is third in the betting, North Hill Harvey (14-1 for the Arkle) and Sceau Royal.

Capitaine, winner of his his two novice chases, completes the field and bids to give his trainer Paul Nicholls a fifth winner in the last ten runnings.

Up at Aintree the first running of the Many Clouds Chase has just four runners but they do justice to the memory of the late Grand National winner with his colours to be carried by another son of Cloudings in Cloudy Dreams.

The Malcolm Jefferson-trained chaser was second to Tingle Creek favourite Fox Norton in the Schloer Chase at Cheltenham last month.

Grand National-winning trainer Mouse Morris brings over Alpha Des Obeaux to take him on with Definitly Red and Flying Angel making up the field for the Grade 2 race.

Sunday's action promises to be just as hot as long as the weather allows at Huntingdon on Sunday where there is a 7am inspection with the forecast of a freezing night.

The Betfred Peterborough Chase, reopened after initial declarations, has attracted a field of seven headed by last year's winner Josses Hill and stablemate Top Notch.

Surprise rival is the former Champion Chase winner and dual Tingle Creek Chase winner Sire de Grugy.

Kylemore Lough, beaten favourite in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham, God's Own, Charbel, wearing cheekpieces for the first time, and Ptit Zig make up the Grade 2 field.


Something has to give in what should be an explosive running of the Henry VIII Novice Chase
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