Arkle Betting Shake-up After Favourite Le Richbourg Ruled Out

Dave has over 30 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing and football fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for At The Races, Coral News, the Daily Mirror and Racing Plus newspaper. He produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.

Arkle Trophy ante post favourite Le Richebourg has been ruled out of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival after suffering a season-ending injury, resulting in Lalor becoming the new market leader at a top priced 3/1 with the likes of William Hill.

The JP McManus-owned six-year-old, who hails from the yard of Joseph O’Brien, had won four of his five starts over fences this season – including successive Grade 1 triumphs at Leopardstown in the Racing Post Novice Chase and the Irish Arkle. He was a general 5-2 shot for the Grade 1 novice chase contest over 2m on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, 12th March, but O’Brien revealed on his Betfair blog that he would now not be making the trip across the Irish sea:

“Unfortunately, Le Richebourg will not run in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival and will miss the rest of the season. He worked routinely on Saturday, but we weren’t happy with him afterwards and further investigations this morning have revealed that he has picked up an injury that rules him out for the rest of the season.”

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McManus Owned Defi Du Seuil Could Switch Targets

McManus had been keen to keep Le Richebourg and his other crack novice chaser Defi Du Seuil chaser apart. The latter, who is trained by Philip Hobbs, is currently a top priced 5/1 with Betfair for the JLT Novices Chase over 2m 4f. However, he has proven form over the 2m of the Arkle so it would be no surprise if connections now opted for that race instead of the JLT.

William Hill are currently a best priced 5/1 about Defi Du Seuil for the Arkle, whilst bet365 – who are Non Runner No Bet on the race – go 3/1 so you can back him safe in the knowledge that you will get your stake back if he lines up in the JLT instead.

News of Le Richebourg’s absence has also seen renewed support for Glen Forsa who was mightily impressive last time out at Sandown when thrashing Kalashnikov by 19 lengths in the Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Sandown. The Mick Channon trained seven-year-old is a perfect three from three over the larger obstacles and Ladbrokes go 9/2 about him landing the Arkle.

Duc Des Genievres is now the shortest price Irish raider in the Arkle betting (8/1 William Hill). This six-year-old came good at the third time of asking over fences last time out when running out a wide margin winner at Gowran Park and hails from the all-conquering yard of Willie Mullins who has won three of the last four runnings of the Arkle courtesy of Un De Sceaux (2016), Douvan (2017) and Footpad (2018).

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