Un De Sceaux holds all the Arkle aces at Cheltenham Festival

No horse will stop Un De Sceaux claiming the spoils

Un De Sceaux

Un De Sceaux wins the Arkle

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Betting Tip: @ 4/7 with bet365

It’s easy to get carried away by such an impressive display but this was as good as it looked and his new Racing Post rating of 171 might even underestimate him. That rating already eclipses the ten-year average of 165 for Arkle winners and it would have been good enough to land all bar one of the last 20 renewals, with the exception being the 2012 version won by Sprinter Sacre, who ran to 176. And who’s to say he can’t match or even better that with his trainer saying after the race: “He’s a bit stronger this year but is not down to his best racing weight yet.”

If you were being picky you could point to the fact he was sweating a bit at the start and given he’s such a buzzy horse it’s possible the Cheltenham preliminaries could light him up even more. However, anyone taking him on is effectively backing him to fall and while he did hit the deck at Thurles on his chase debut in November, he seems to have learned from that and has been pretty foot perfect on his last two starts. With the race likely to cut up, he could well get a ‘freebie’ in the lead and should any of his rivals get close enough to challenge we now know he can battle too.

As for the horses he beat at Leopardstown, it’s hard to see how they can turn the tables and it would be no surprise to see Clarcam skip Cheltenham for Aintree, while Gilgamboa might be better off running in the JLT. That longer race could well syphon off several other of his potential rivals, including stablemate Vautour and Paul Nicholls’ Ptit Zig. That leave Josses Hill as the leading British contender but you wouldn’t to back him after his laboured effort at Doncaster last time. He might improve for better ground but that certainly wouldn’t inconvenience the favourite given he has a lovely low action.

Betting Tip: @ 4/7 with bet365

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