Cheltenham

  • 14:10 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase 2m

  • Winner £18,224 2nd £6,838 3rd £3,424 4th £1,706
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 10.50s
  • Off time: 14:11:15
14:10 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dunraven Storm (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 27260-1 Emerald green, light green striped sleeves and cap Little Jon 37
Distance Winner
6 11-6 N A Twiston-Davies J E Moore 137 7/18.00
3 131-331 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Vibrato Valtat (FR) 11
Distance Winner
5 11-6 t P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 13/82.62
4 11/64F-1 Red, Black and White striped sleeves, Red cap, Black diamond Duke Of Navan (IRE) 24
Distance Winner
6 11-2 N G Richards B P Harding 142 2/13.00
5 4101-81 RED, WHITE chevron, hooped sleeves and cap Dunraven Storm (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
9 11-2 P J Hobbs R Johnson 145 7/24.50
Non runners
17412-11Court Minstrel (IRE)711-8Evan WilliamsPaul Moloney154
631423-1Sgt Reckless711-2M R ChannonB S Hughes

Verdict

With victories in five of the last six renewals, Paul Nicholls is looking to Vibrato Valtat to add to his tally. A recent winner at Warwick, the five-year-old ran well here before that, on the same card COURT MINSTREL (NAP) landed a novices' chase. Evan Williams' charge has now won both starts over fences and collateral form gives him the beating of the Nicholls chaser. Little Jon and Duke Of Navan recorded narrow-margin wins on their latest starts but Dunraven Storm was more impressive when scoring at Exeter. Sgt Reckless made a winning start over fences at Uttoxeter and should also go well.