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Arkle Challenge Trophy 2013 Contenders
Thu, Mar 7th, 2013

There have been 12 horses left in at the latest entry stage for the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham but for most punters already view this as a two horse race.

The two horses dominating the market are Nicky Henderson's Simonsig and Donald McCain's Overturn.

Simonsig has only been seen twice this season but was very impressive on his debut at Ascot back in early December.

Trainer Nicky Henderson provided this update to ATR on his horse:

If you fancy Simonsig for the race you can bet some extra insurance by backing the horse with Ladbrokes.

If you back Simonsig with Ladbrokes and he loses you can get your money back as a free bet. The offer is limited to a maximum loss of £25.

If Simonsig is to be beaten Overturn looks like the horse most likely to do it. Trainer Donald McCain's gave this update on his charge last week:

Other possible contenders include the Willie Mullins trio of Arvika Ligeonniere, Aupcharlie and Marito.

Tony Martin may run Benefficient - he won the Irish Arkle in January when Arvika Ligeonniere fell

Another likely runner is Mouse Morris' prolific good ground winner Baily Green.

The entries are completed by Majala, His Excellency, Tap Night and Viva Colonia.

The preview panel at Peadar Kearney's pub shared their race thoughts in this video:

and here is an ATR race preview:

The final declarations will be available on Monday11th March but we would expect the final field to look something like this:

FORM

HORSE

LTO

AGE

WGT

TRAINER

JOCKEY

OR

111-11

Simonsig

75

7

11-7

Nicky Henderson

Barry Geraghty

160

32-111

Overturn

37

9

11-7

Donald McCain

Jason Maguire

1/111F

Arvika Ligeonniere

45

8

11-7

W P Mullins

Ruby Walsh

32-111

Majala

31

7

11-7

Tom George

Paddy Brennan

147

111123

Baily Green

76

7

11-7

M F Morris

David Casey

21241

Benefficient

45

7

11-7

A J Martin

Bryan Cooper

22-111

Captain Conan

38

6

11-7

Nicky Henderson

NR or AP McCoy

152

Trial Race Winners : 

Date

Course

Race

Winner 

18-Nov-12

Cheltenham

 Independent Newspaper November

 Captain Conan

08-Dec-12

Sandown Park

 Markel Insurance Henry VIII

 Captain Conan

27-Dec-12

Kempton Park

 williamhill.com Wayward Lad

Simonsig 

09-Feb-13

Warwick

 Kingmaker

Majala 

 

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