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Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase History

The Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase is a Grade Two race run at Cheltenham over two miles for horses aged four years or older.

An integral part of Cheltenham's Open meeting in November, this contest has often attracted some future stars of the chasing world who have gone on to greater things and some have returned to bag Cheltenham Festival glory.

Looking through the illustrious roll of honour, there is one name that stands out in the past winners list and that was the incomparable Best Mate, who won this contest in 2000.

Henrietta Knight's legendary chaser was an emphatic 18 length winner of this contest in the Millennium year and it was just the start of a chasing career that saw him bag multiple Grade One success including three fantastic Cheltenham Gold Cup crowns in 2002, 2003 and 2004 to become one of the greatest chasers in living memory.

It wasn't long before a new star was made from this contest as in 2002 the Paul Nicholls-trained Azertyuiop stormed to success in this contest en route to more two mile silverware later on in his career.

He won the 2003 Arkle Challenge Trophy and followed up a year later with a well-deserved victory in a quality 2004 Queen Mother Champion Chase renewal to cement his place as the two-mile chasing king.

Nicholls has a fine record in this contest and the Ditcheat handler has trained five winners since the turn of the century with the classy duo of Tatenen and Ghizao grabbing glory in this top notch race in 2008 and 2010.

Recent Winners of Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase

  • 2000 - Best Mate
  • 2001 - Seebald
  • 2002 - Azertyuiop
  • 2003 - Thisthatandtother
  • 2004 - Fundamentalist
  • 2005 - Accordion Etoile
  • 2006 - Fair Along
  • 2007 - Moon Over Miami
  • 2008 - Tatenen
  • 2009 - Tataniano
  • 2010 - Ghizao
  • 2011 - Al Ferof
  • 2012 - Captain Conan
  • 2013 - Dodging Bullets

 

 
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