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The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is the second race of Day One at The Cheltenham Festival. This event is amongst the biggest meetings not only at Cheltenham Racecourse but of the entire National Hunt horseracing calendar.

The Festival is made up of 28 exquisite races, split into 4×7 racecards across four days every March, usually covering St. Patrick’s Day – attracting many horseracing fanatics across from the Emerald Isle.

The four-day festival at Cheltenham is second to only the Grand National in terms of prize money, with The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, and the biggest of all, The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase offering millions.

Day One of The Festival, also known as Champion Day, begins on Tuesday the 16th of March 2021. The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase will be the second race of the day, commencing at 14:10.

About the Race

Open to horses aged 5 years and above and run on the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham, The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is 1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards in length and features 13 fences for the novice chasers to jump.

Originally run on Day Two of The Cheltenham Festival and called the Cotswold Chase, The Arkle Challenge Trophy was given its new name in tribute to Arkle who won The Cheltenham Gold Cup three times consecutively in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

2021 will be the first Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase sponsored by Sporting Life, following sponsorships from The Racing Post, The Irish Independent, Guinness, and Waterford Castle since 1991.

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is penned in for 14:10 on Tuesday the 16th of March 2021.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Shishkin (IRE) – 8/11 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (30/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  2. Envoi Allen (FR) – 3/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (17/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  3. Energumene (FR) – 5/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (13/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  4. Allmankind (GB) – 8/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (05-12-20) – trained by Dan Skelton
  5. Klassical Dream (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (31/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  6. Unexcepted (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (20/10/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  7. Franco De Port (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (26/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  8. Hitman (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (05-12-20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  9. Allart (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (23/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  10. Captain Guinness (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (13/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead


The Cheltenham Festival is worth tens, maybe hundreds of millions to bookies, and with that in mind, you’ll often find they get a little bit extra generous around March each year.

In an attempt to get you to place your bets with them, bookies and betting sites offer fantastic deals including enhanced odds and free bets. Combining the two can mean higher payouts with zero associated risk.

If, like most, you’d like to place some bets and truly enjoy the occasion but you don’t consider yourself much of a horseracing expert, trust our knowledgable team of tipsters to guide you in the right direction towards making this Cheltenham Festival a profitable occasion.


Cheltenham Festival is notorious for bringing out the generous side of the bookies, who often place odds of up to 150/1 on competing horses – and in races with so many hurdles, anything can happen.

7-year-old Shishkin has the shortest odds on winning The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase at Cheltenham Festival 2021 with a current ante-post starting price of 8/11.

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase has historically seen some big priced winners, just like last year when Put The Kettle On won with a starting price of 16/1 which would have returned £160 profits from a £10 outright bet.

Previous Winners


Last year it was 16/1 outsider Put The Kettle On that took the first place prize in The Arkle Challenge Trophy, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Henry De Bromhead.

5/2 race favourite Notebook, also trained by Henry De Bromhead, only managed a 6th place finish making Notebook the last horse to cross the line disregarding pulled up horses and fallen jockeys.


The 2019 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase was won by 5/1 Duc Des Genievres (FR), ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

6-year-old Us And Them finished in second place with a starting price of 14/1 and 9-year-old Articulum managed third-place with a fantastic starting price of 25/1.


5/6 favourite Footpad won The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase in 2018, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

In a race that only featured 5 runners, it was only 66/1 Robinshill that finished outside of the prize-pool positions.


Huge favourite Altior won the 2017 edition of The Arkle Challenge Trophy with a starting price of 1/4, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

12/1 Cloudy Dream won the £37,398 second-place prize, 25/1 Ordinary World won the £18,725 third-place prize and 6/1 Royal Caviar took £9,328 for his fourth-place finish.


It was 1/4 favourite Douvan that beat the 6 other runners back in 2016, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

Only 5 out of the 7 runners completed the race after Vaniteux lost jockey Nico De Boinville and Baltimore Rock fell 2 out.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.