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2:10 Cheltenham 13 Mar 2018

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

(Class 1) (5yo+) (1m7f199yds) 2m Old Heavy 13 fences
1st £99,662.50 2nd £37,397.50 3rd £18,725 4th £9,327.50 5th £4,690


Pos. (Draw)
Horse / SP
Trainer / Jockey
6 114 162 167 170
b g Creachadoir (IRE) - Willamina (IRE) (Sadler's Wells)
Raced in 3rd place, chased clear leaders approaching 5th, blundered 6th, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out where upsides, led on bend before 2 out, drew clear from last, stayed on strongly and well in command after
2  14
7 114 156 149 157
b g Kalanisi (IRE) - Blonde Ambition (IRE) (Old Vic)
Lw; in rear, went 4th at 3rd, headway after 4 out, not fluent when chasing leaders 3 out, about 5l off pace when disorganised landing 2 out, hung left after last, pulled off rail final 100yds, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner (op 12/1 tchd 11/1)
3  ¾ [14¾]
7 114 157 148 157
gr g Al Namix (FR) - Arnette (FR) (Denham Red)
On toes; led 1st, headed 4th, went clear with leader before 5th, led before 6th, clear when big jump 4 out, reduced advantage before 3 out where joined, ridden and headed on bend before 2 out, held when mistake last, no extra run-in, lost 2nd near finish (op 9/2)
4  38 [52¾]
5 114 160 98 126
b g Saint Des Saints (FR) - Lamorrese (FR) (Pistolet Bleu)
Looked well; raced enthusiastically, led, not fluent and headed 1st, led again 4th, went clear with rival before 5th, headed before 6th, with leader until after 9th, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened (tchd 3/1)
5  71 [123¾]
7 114 142 45
ch g Robin Des Champs (FR) - I Remember It Well (IRE) (Don't Forget Me)
Not jump well, held up, behind from 3rd, unable to go pace after, tailed off from 9th
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