Racing Post Arkle Trial
(Registered As The November Novices' Chase)
Grade 2, Cheltenham 13:50
£35,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m 7f 199yds, Class 1  
Sunday 19th November 2017

North Hill Harvey made a successful start to his career over fences in the Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on October 27.

North Hill Harvey
North Hill Harvey

Dan Skelton's charge won the Greatwood Hurdle in the Cotswolds last November, but disappointed in the County Hurdle at the Festival in March and again at Aintree.

He was a 100-30 chance for his fencing bow in the hands of the trainer's brother, Harry, and fenced fluently in the most part at the head of affairs.

The six-year-old looked booked for minor honours when 11-8 favourite Sceau Royal loomed up in the home straight, but there was little to choose between the pair jumping the final fence.

Sceau Royal briefly poked his head in front on the run-in, but North Hill Harvey roared back tenaciously to get up and score by a neck. 

The winning trainer said: "Harry gave him a sensible ride and at a couple of the downhill fences he really had hold of him. 

"I got it wrong last season and he was always going to be better over a fence. I am just delighted with that. 

"If I had my time again I would have run him plenty more times last season and I won't make that mistake again. He jumped well bar the two downhill ones. 

"I thought before jumping the last upsides a horse that ran in the Champion Hurdle, that on the sprint to the line there would be no disgrace in coming off second, but fair play, he stuck his nut down. 

"He will come back here in November for the Arkle trial and we will plan it from there. 

"Two miles over fences is his trip. When he gets beat he looks like he wants further but when he is on form, he looks like a two-miler."

Trainers Quotes

Nicky Henderson's six-year-old River Wylde was a smart novice hurdler last season, winning the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton in February and finishing an excellent third in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

River Wylde
© Racehorse Photos
River Wylde

He pleased connections when making a winning start over the bigger obstacles at Uttoxeter earlier this month.

Henderson said: "That's the plan, to go to Cheltenham. I was delighted with him at Uttoxeter and like a lot of ours, he looked like he needed the run.

"He has been very good at home. He was a bit low over them to start with, but I thought he was great throughout the race at Uttoxeter and he will come on a lot for that.

"He was a good hurdler so we will have a look at the Cheltenham race."

The race was reopened on Monday, having attracted just five initial entries.

Coral Sports

Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase
(registered As The November Novices' Chase)
£35,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 199y, Class 1
4 runners
Going: Good to Soft

No Form Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age
1 94/1 00-1 North Hill Harvey 23 11-5 Harry Skelton D Skelton 6
2 24P 1-11 Capitaine (FR) 29 11-2 Harry Cobden P F Nicholls 5
3 P43 0-51 Ozzie The Oscar (IRE) 9 11-2 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6
4 111 35-1 River Wylde (IRE) 16 11-2 Nico de Boinville N J Henderson 6