Cheltenham Festival Tips: Arkle Chase betting preview


RACING anorak Graeme Johnston (@GraemeJ_83) analyses the field for Tuesday's second race from the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, the Arkle Chase.

Arkle Chase | Tuesday 16th March 2021, 1:55 | ITV1

The Arkle has only six going to post and its another race that looks to revolve around the favourite.

Allmankind has been a revelation over fences and he's added another grade 1 to his CV this year. He has jumped beautifully all year and will make this a real test, I just worry that he will be found out late on like be was in the Triumph hurdle last year and be may set up the race for a closer.

I suspect that Captain Guinness will finally put up a huge performance that he's hinted is in his locker here and is likely to be one who benefits from the strong pace and could easily get second, but despite him being odds-on I can't oppose Shiskin.

Last year's Supreme Novice winner has looked like a natural chaser since his debut and he has racked up three long distance wins so far. He is trained for the race and will be too good for his rivals here.

I'm backing Captain Guinness in the forecast here.

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1:55 Arkle Chase – Shiskin/Captain Guinness forecast (4/1 Bet365)

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