Published 8th Feburary
The Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase is always one of the most exciting races on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and this year’s renewal is shaping up to be no different. Notebook, Fakir D’Oudairies and Cash Back dominate the market and represent the pick of the intertwining form lines of the Grade 1 novice chases in Ireland, but the answer could well come from the other side of the Irish Sea in the shape of the Olly Murphy-trained BREWIN’UPASTORM.
The seven-year-old wasn’t all that far off the best of last season’s novice hurdlers over mid-range trips, despite giving the impression throughout the campaign that he would be suited by a shorter trip. Having had a breathing operation over the summer, his connections decided to drop him to shorter trips for novice chases and results have been promising.
He made a winning chasing debut at Carlisle in October and while those bare facts might not sound very sexy, the form very much stands up
He made a winning chasing debut at Carlisle in October and while those bare facts might not sound very sexy, the form very much stands up as he came from quite a way off the pace to beat a field that included Good Boy Bobby, Midnight Shadow and Global Citizen.
He followed up in good style at Taunton three weeks later, giving 6lb and a beating to the useful Southfield Stone. His jumping was quite good at Taunton and he gives the impression that he’ll be even better in a well-run race.
Brewin’upastorm met with a minor setback since Taunton, but his connections have reported that he is in excellent form and their intention is to send him straight to the Arkle without another run. Given that he hasn’t run since mid-November, he seems to have been forgotten by some and his odds of 10/1 appeal as being too big.
Recommended Bet (scale 1-5 points):
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase, Tuesday 10th March
1pt each-way BREWIN’UPASTORM (10-1 Betfair Sportsbook, Bet Victor, bet365, Paddy Power, William Hill)