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  • 14:55 Racing Post Novice Chase 2m 1f

  • (Grade 1) €85,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €55,250 2nd €16,150 3rd €7,650 4th €2,550
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 24.50s
  • Off time: 14:55:22

Arvika Ligeonniere lands Leopardstown prize

Last Updated: 26/12/12 4:22pm

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Arvika Ligeonniere: Won at Leopardstown

Arvika Ligeonniere: Won at Leopardstown

Willie Mukllins' Arvika Ligeonniere led from pillar to post in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown under Paul Townend.

The seven-year-old impressed on his last appearance in the Drinmore when he led all the way over two-and-a-half miles and the same tactics were employed over the shorter trip of two-miles-and-one-furlong on Boxing Day.

Baily Green and Oscars Well gave him plenty of rope up front and while they closed the gap in the closing stages neither could get to the game winner.

Jessie Harrington's Oscars Well finished runner-up, two-and-a-half lengths behind at the line.

Sky Bet weren't too impressed, though, as they pushed out the winner to 7/1 from 6/1 for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham.

Arvika Ligeonniere did jump to his right throughout while he may not get his own way up front at Cheltenham with the likes of Overturn in the line-up.

Winning trainer Willie Mullins said: "He got a bit tired but the ground is heavy.

"He settled well over the first and had a great jump. He jumped the second and third well and then piled on the pace.

"He missed the third last as Paul wanted an easy one and the horse kept going. Because he's so free Paul is not inclined to pull him back and fiddle one.

"Paul said he was idling turning for home - I was wondering whether was he getting tired.

"He's a big strong horse and we'll look forward to the (Irish) Arkle back here in February."

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