12
Mar
2013

2013 Arkle Challenge Trophy Betting Preview

The Arkle Challenge Trophy will be the second race of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival and is set to be one of the most exciting events of the festival.

Nicky Henderson-trained superstar Simonsig is one of the shortest priced favourites of the Cheltenham Festival but will face tough competition from 2012 Champion Hurdle runner-up Overturn.

Simonsig is currently priced at Cheltenham Festival odds of 8/13 in the Arkle Challenge Trophy betting market at Titan Bet (Free £35) followed by Overturn (3/1) and Arvika Ligeonniere (7/1).

Does Simonsig deserve to be such a short favourite? Our team of racing experts have analysed the form guide facts and betting statistics for the Arkle Challenge Trophy so that we can answer this question.

2013 Arkle Challenge Trophy Form Guide Facts and Betting Statistics

The 2012 Arkle Challenge Trophy was won by Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre who was ridden by Barry Geraghty.

Henderson and Geraghty will team up again with Simonsig in this year’s race.

Majala, Overturn, Simonsig and Tap Night are all last start winners.

Simonsig is the only horse in the field to have previously won at Cheltenham.

Arvika Ligeonniere, Overturn, Simonsig are all winners at Grade 1 level.

Simonsig won the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle during the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

2013 Arkle Challenge Trophy Form Guide Facts and Betting Statistics

Simonsig (8/13) from Overturn (3/1) and Arvika Ligeonniere (7/1)

Apart from Sprinter Sacre Simonsig is the safest betting option of the entire Cheltenham Festival. The son of Fair Mix has been simply brilliant this season winning his two starts by a combined total of eighty-four lengths. It is very difficult to see any of the other runners even getting close to the seven-year-old.

Overturn is a superstar in his own right and has been in stellar form this season but this is clearly his biggest ever challenge over fences. The nine-year-old is a very brave horse but lacks the turn of foot to be able to compete with Simonsig in the final stages of the race. He is a very safe bet to finish in second place.

Before falling at Leopardstown in January Arvika Ligeonniere had won his last four race starts. The son of Arvico doesn’t have the quality to compete with the two leading contenders but is a safe bet to lead the rest of the field home.

Sign-up at Titan Bet (Free £35) today to score a $35 free bet that you can use to back Simonsig or any other horse in the Arkle Challenge Trophy betting market.

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