The Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase is run on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, over two miles for novice chasers. We've listed below a number of the main Cheltenham Arkle Trials,with specific mentions of those in and around the top of the betting for the 2013 Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.
|Result||Punchestown - 18th Oct 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Baily Green 5/4F||6||D Casey||M Morris|
|2nd||Special Tiara 11/4||5||A Lynch||H De Bromhead|
The feeling was that this wasn't the strongest of renewals and although having an excellent summer and autumn, the winner Baily Green may find the going too tough with any further step up in class.
|Res||Cheltenham - 18th Nov 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Captain Conan 11/10F||5||B Geraghty||N Henderson|
|2nd||Sire De Grugy 7/2||6||J Moore||G Moore|
This was a good debut win over the big fences for last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up. He was the only horse who hadn't run over chase fences and hge saw off the challenge of Sire De Grugy well enough coming up the hill.
|Result||Punchestown - 18th Nov 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Twinlight 9/1||5||R Walsh||W Mullins|
|2nd||Baily Green 9/2||6||D Casey||M Morris|
This was an eventful race when odds on favourite Oscars Well fell at the second fence, leaving the front two to gallop off and fight out a finish.
|Result||Navan - 25th Nov 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Sword Of Destiny 5/4F||6||D Russell||N Meade|
|2nd||Darwins Fox 11/2||6||A Lynch||H De Bromhead|
|3rd||Tadhg 33/1||6||R Power||V Ward|
This was a comfortable win for the favourite, who looks like being a better horse over longer distances to the Arkle.
|Result||Sandown - 8th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Captain Conan 4/7F||5||B Geraghty||N Henderson|
|2nd||Hinterland 5/2||4||R Walsh||P Nicholls|
Nicky Henderson continues to dominate this division and his five year old Captain Conan impressed with his win at Sandown here by three and a half lengths from Hinterland. It was a very good test of jumping and he's now second favourite for the Arkle next March.
|Result||Leopardstown - 26th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Arvika Ligeonniere 9/10F||7||P Townend||W Mullins|
|2nd||Oscars Well 11/8||7||R Power||J Harrington|
This was another competent display from the Willie Mullins trained Arvika Ligeonniere who another Arkle hopeful Oscars Well by two and a half lengths to strengthen his claims near the head of the Arkle market.
|Result||Kempton - 27th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Simonsig 1/6F||6||B Geraghty||N Henderson|
|2nd||Hinterland 4/1||4||R Walsh||P Nicholls|
This was the Arkle favourite's second run and win in a week and he put in another good round of jumping in this convincing win.
|Result||Newbury - 29th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Module 7/2||5||P Brennan||T George|
|2nd||Colour Squadron 2/1||6||A McCoy||P Hobbs|
This was a decent display from the winner, although Colour Squadron was the horse to pick out of the race with jockey AP Mcoy's saddle slipping forward with a circuit to go. The Champion jockey managed to coax the horse around to finish and you have to think he'd have been there or thereabouts given a fair crack at it.
|Result||Leopardstown - 26th Jan 2013||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Benefficient 10/1||7||B Cooper||A Martin|
|2nd||Oscars Well 13/8||8||R Power||J Harrington|
Only three runners here and when the favourite Arvika Ligeonniere fell four out, it looked like Oscars Well would take the win before he blunded to hand the race to Benefficient.
|Result||Warwick - 9th Feb 2013||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Majala 2/1||7||J Maguire||T George|
|2nd||His Excellency 8/1||5||C O'Farrell||D Pipe|
Majala got the better of the favourite Fago who looked like going on to win this before falling two out. Fago remains third favourite for the Arkle whilst Majala is a big price for the champion two mile at Cheltenham.
Check the form for the other main championship races at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival:
Albert Bartlett Form| Champion Bumper Form | Champion Chase Form | Champion Hurdle Form | Mares Hurdle Form | Gold Cup Form | Jewson Form | Challenge Cup Form | Neptune Form | RSA Form | Ryanair Form | Supreme Form | Triumph Form | World Hurdle Form
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