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  • 13:30 Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase 2m 1f

  • (Grade 1) €80,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 15.60s
  • Off time: 13:30:15

View from connections: Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase

Last Updated: 24/01/14 3:56pm

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Defy Logic: Set for 'a savagely competitive race'

Defy Logic: Set for 'a savagely competitive race'

Paul Nolan is keeping his fingers crossed Defy Logic can reproduce the spring-heeled display that characterised his victory at Leopardstown last month as he returns to the track for Sunday's Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase.

The seven-year-old was a brilliant winner on his chasing debut at Naas at the end of October, but was then firmly put in his place by the Willie Mullins-trained Felix Yonger in the Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown.

He got back on the winning trail with a fine round of jumping in the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas Festival, seeing off Mullins' Champagne Fever, but Nolan acknowledges his charge faces another tough task this weekend.

The champion trainer fields Felix Yonger and the exciting Mozoltov, while the Charles Byrnes-trained Trifolium and Tony Martin's Ted Veale also feature.

Nolan said: "It's a savagely competitive race again and we're hoping he'll put in a clear round of jumping. If he jumps as well as the last day we'll be happy. It's all down to jumping.

"It was a great performance at Christmas, and it would be great if he could put in another good round of jumping. Felix Yonger has beaten him before and Mozoltov looks to be top drawer as well, so it looks a very, very good race.

"He came out of the race at Christmas very well, we couldn't be happier."

Mullins is hopeful Felix Yonger can confirm his superiority over Defy Logic and would not be surprised to see impressive Fairyhouse scorer Mozoltov make his presence felt.

He said: "Felix Yonger is the top-rated horse in the race and has beaten Defy Logic, so I decided to stick to my guns and let him run on Sunday.

"On his run in Punchestown you would like to think he has the winning of it, but maybe Defy Logic is a better horse going left-handed and maybe has improved.

"It looks as though he (Defy Logic) has been a difficult horse to ride and maybe they have changed the tactics a bit as well, but we'll take him on.

"We also run Mozoltov, who maybe lacks the experience but has lots of ability. If he can settle into the race and jumps well going a good gallop, he could be quite interesting as well."

The eight-runner field is completed by Art Of Logistics, Irish Thistle and Mallowney.

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