Grade One Irish Arkle 2024 Guide

Alex Dudley | @@Alex_Dudz_

Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 14:25
1
Paul Townend

Facile Vega

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Paul Townend takes the ride on Facile Vega for trainer Willie Mullins in the G1 Irish Arkle this weekend. The seven-year-old made a winning start to life over fences in November, beating Inthepocket by just under four lengths.

However, the wheels came off on his latest effort, finishing last of four in the G1 Racing Post Novice Chase over two miles and a furlong at Leopardstown.

Goes again over that distance this weekend, but a massive turnaround will be required against the runner that beat him by three lengths in the G1 Champion Hurdle last season.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-123
26/12/23LEO17Y11-124
18/11/23NAV17Sft/Hy11-121
25/04/23PUN16.5Y/Sft11-121
14/03/23CHL16.5Sft11-72
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 14:25
2
Jack Kennedy

Found A Fifty

J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Gordon Elliott’s runner in the race this weekend is Found A Fifty, who will be the ride of Jack Kennedy. He has run with great credit over fences this season, winning two of his three starts.

He was last seen winning over course and distance, beating Facile Vega in the process in the G1 Racing Post Novice Chase. That was an impressive display down in trip after winning over two miles and three at Down Royal, and finishing second to I Am Maximus in the G1 Drinmore over two miles and four.

Could be a lively outsider this weekend, but a place could be his most likely chance.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-122
26/12/23LEO17Y11-121
03/12/23FAI20Sft11-122
10/11/23DRO19.5Sft11-121
25/04/23PUN16.5Y/Sft11-124
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 14:25
3
Danny Mullins

Il Etait Temps

J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-12
OR: N/A
Days: 37

Danny Mullins takes the ride on Il Etait Temps for trainer Willie Mullins this weekend. The six-year-old has won once in two starts over the bigger obstacles, scoring over an extended two miles and two at Thurls at the end of November.

He was firmly put in his place by Gaelic Warrior over two miles and three at Limerick on his latest start. Has form to find on both market leaders after finishing nine lengths behind Marine Nationale in the G1 Champion Hurdle, and seven lengths behind Facile Vega in the G1 Champion Novice Hurdle.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-121
28/12/23LIM19.5Hy11-122
30/11/23THU18.5Y11-121
25/04/23PUN16.5Y/Sft11-122
14/03/23CHL16.5Sft11-75
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 14:25
4
Michael O'Sullivan

Marine Nationale

J: Michael O'Sullivan
T: Barry Connell
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: N/A
Days: 38

Barry Connell’s runner in the Irish Arkle this weekend is Marine Nationale. The seven-year-old is already the clear market leader for the Arkle in March, and he made a faultless start to his life over fences when scoring at Leopardstown over course and distance by over eight lengths at the end of December.

Had plenty of these rivals behind him over hurdles last season, and they remain up against it over the bigger obstacles. Clear on ratings, and clearly the most exciting runner with Michael O’Sullivan taking the ride.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-125
27/12/23LEO17Sft11-121
14/03/23CHL16.5Sft11-71
04/12/22FAI16Sft11-121
12/10/22PUN16Gd11-71
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 14:25
5
Phillip Enright

Senecia

J: Phillip Enright
T: Vincent Laurence Halley
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: N/A
Days: 13

Senecia is a runner from the Vincent Halley yard this weekend, with Phillip Enright taking the ride on the huge outsider. He has won once on five attempts over fences, and he was last seen at the end of January when being pulled up over a mile and seven at Thurles.

Was a faller at Tipperary in October when Sharjah landed victory over two miles and four. Almost impossible to make a case for the seven-year-old this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/02/24NAV24Hy11-3PU
03/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-126
21/01/24THU15.5Sft11-12PU
05/11/23COR20Sft11-03
11/10/23PUN18Y/Sft11-12
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 14:25
6
Brian Hayes

Sharjah

J: Brian Hayes
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 11
Weight: 11-12
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Sharjah completes the field for Willie Mullins and Brian Hayes this weekend. The eleven-year-old won on both of his first two starts over fences, before finishing a distant fourth of five in the G1 Drinmore in December.

Had Facile Vega behind him when plugging on into third in the G1 Racing Post Novice Chase on Boxing Day. However, that form could be reversed this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-124
26/12/23LEO17Y11-123
03/12/23FAI20Sft11-124
01/10/23TIP20Sft11-11
01/08/23GAL18.5Y11-121