Follow The Sportsman on Facebook
Horse Racing  /

Gordon Elliott 'Impressed' As 7-1 Arkle Shot Mengli Khan Wins On Chasing Debut

He was a ten-length winner on the day
He was a ten-length winner on the day

Mengli Khan made a pleasing introduction to life over fences today while claiming a win in a beginners’ chase over two miles at Punchestown.

The Gigginstown-owned five-year-old was sent off an 8-11 favourite and took to his new job with gusto in a performance that has seen his odds cut from 14-1 to 7-1 for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Gordon Elliott trained the ex-Flat runner, a two-time winner on the level for Hugo Palmer, to third in the Supreme Novices’ there last year, as well as a Grade 1 win in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse in December, showed himself to be an exciting prospect over the larger obstacles and seemed to satisfy his handler on the day.

“I thought it was a good performance. When he had something to aim at he winged fences,” he said.

“It’s hard to believe he ran on the Flat as a two-year-old, but he looks to be a chaser with the big bone of him. He took to that well. 

“I’d say he’ll go straight to Leopardstown at Christmas now. The scope he showed is what really impressed me.”

Should that go to plan he’ll likely head for the Arkle at the festival in March and currently sits in third in the Ante-post market for that race. 

Kayley Woollacott impressive chasing winner Lalor heads the betting and is as short as 4/1, with Amy Murphy’s Kalashnikov - who was one place ahead of Mengli Khan in the Supreme Novices’ last year - next best at a general 5/1.

Register with The Sportsman to personalise your news feed with your favourite sports and team.
Latest Horse Racing Articles
Bet Slip
Log In
Quick Deposit
Deposit Funds
Change Payment Method
Bet Placed
Retain Selections
Clear Slip
Free Bets
Bet Slip 0
| Join Now
Balance: £0.00
Log Out
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Remove All
Click a price to add a selection
To view multiples
Multiple options are restricted for the highlighted selections
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Accept Changes
Total Stake:
£ 0.00

Estimated Returns:
£ 0.00
£ Place Bet
Bet on Bet365 website
New To Bet365?
Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's rules
and terms and conditions. Hillside (UK Sports) LP is licensed
and regulated by the British Gambling Commissioner
(Licence number 39563). Registered Office Hillside (UK Sports) LP
(registration number 117), Unit 1.1, First Floor, Waterport Place,
2 Europort Avenue, Gibraltar.
BET365 ACCOUNT? New Customer Offer
The Sportsman is an officially endorsed bet365 betting partner. All bets are placed securely via our API link-up with bet365 and no data or transactional information is sahred with or accessible by the sportsman.com. Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's Rules and Terms and Conditions.