2016 Arkle Challenge Trophy Betting Tips PT 1- By A.J. Ryder on February 15, 2016 19:12 GMT
The Arkle is one of the big races on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and it’s usually a race that attracts one major stand-out contender and a large selection of cross-entered contenders who may or may not dip out at the last minute and opt for an easier time of things amongst much more even types of competition.
It’s always important to take a look at the other entries for the major rivals here in order to get your ante post wagers down in the right way. This is a tricky time of year for many ante post punters since the prices aren’t a huge amount shorter than what they will be once the festival actually kicks off and there is still plenty of things that could happen to a lot of the key contenders to make things pear-shaped late on.
Douvan is obviously the big story coming into the race and this Irish contender is trading as low as a 2/5 margin with most major bookmakers.
He is undefeated save a loss in his first race over hurdles back in mid-2014. The winner of last year’s Supreme Novices Hurdle, he has been out three times this season and has absolutely thrashed the competition at short odds winning by a combined total of over 40 lengths across the three years.
He is expected to deploy his typical frontrunning style under Ruby Walsh and you can bank on him being a key selection amongst a lot of the opening day accumulator tickets for the festival.
The first two races - in particular the Supreme Novices Hurdle are continually overbet so you can bank on our ability to kick on and potentially do something a bit different here.