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Arkle Chase Odds: Il Etait Temps favourite after Marine Nationale is ruled out

The news that Marine Nationale will miss the Arkle Chase has had a big impact on the betting ahead of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.

Last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner was found lame after his final piece of work and trainer Barry Connell revealed that the seven-year-old is now facing six weeks off the track.

Marine Nationale was odds-on to win the Arkle, but his absence has now left the market wide open ahead of the race, which takes place on the opening day of the Festival.

Arkle Chase odds

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Il Etait Temps

Willie Mullins' Il Etait Temps heads the market following the withdrawal of Marine Nationale, having been sent chasing in November 2023.

The six-year-old will be running at the Festival for the third time and goes in search of a first victory at Prestbury Park.

Il Etait Temps was fifth in the Triumph Hurdle in 2022, finishing eight-and-three-quarter lengths behind winner Vauban, with jockey Danny Mullins admitting the gelding ran "too free" in the early stages.

Last year, the gelding finished fifth again, this time in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle – nine lengths behind Marine Nationale, but was also beaten by Facile Vega and Inthepocket, who are likely rivals in the Arkle.

Since turning into a chaser, Il Etait Temps has won two of his three races, including victory in February's Irish Arkle – beating Found A Fifty by a neck.

Found A Fifty

Another Irish raider, Found A Fifty has won two of his four races since turning to chasing in November 2023.

Gordon Elliott's charge won on his debut over the fences at Down Royal, beating Colonel Mustard by eight lengths in a Beginners Chase.

Found A Fifty finished second in a Grade 1 chase at Fairyhouse in December, before winning the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, coming home ahead of My Mate Mozzie by one-and-a-half lengths.

A very narrow defeat to Il Etait Temps won't dissuade supporters, but of some concern will be the fact that this is his first run at Cheltenham.

Hunters Yarn

Another runner from the Willie Mullins yard, Hunters Yarn will head to Cheltenham for the second time after a disappointing run in 2023.

The seven-year-old finished 12th of 24 runners in the County Handicap Hurdle, with his trainer having no explanation for the poor run on that occasion.

Hunters Yarn has since won over fences though in impressive manner at Fairyhouse in January, beating Path D'oroux by 10 lengths in the 2m1½f Beginners Chase.

Paul Townend has been on board the gelding in his last seven outings and it will be interesting to see if he chooses to ride him again.

Gaelic Warrior

Gaelic Warrior is set to return to the Cheltenham Festival for the third time, after two previous runners-up efforts.

The six-year-old was second by a short head to Brazil in the 2022 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, before finishing second again in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in 2023. On soft ground, Gaelic Warrior made it a 1-2-3 for Willie Mullins, when finishing ahead of Champ Kiely and six-and-a-half lengths behind Impaire Et Passe.

He also beat Il Etait Temps in the Grade 1 Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick back in late December.

JPR One

The British hopes of an Arkle victory may rest on JPR One, who has won two of his four starts over fences.

After a decent record as a hurdler, Joe Tizzard's charge won on his debut over the bigger obstacles at Newton Abbot in October.

The seven-year-old, who finished fifth in the 2022 Supreme Novices' Hurdle behind Constitution Hill, unseated his rider at Cheltenham in November.

JPR One got back to winning ways in mid-January when beating Matata by half-a-length over 2m at Lingfield.

Quilixios

A course-and-distance winner, Quilixios is owned by the Cheveley Park Stud and trained by Henry De Bromhead.

The seven-year-old won the 2021 Triumph Hurdle, beating Adagio by three-and-a-quarter lengths, having just changed trainer from Elliott to the De Bromhead yard.

Since switching to chasing in October 2023, Quilixios has won over 2m3f at Limerick and more recently, claimed victory in a Novice Chase at Naas.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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