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Leopardstown

  • 13:25 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: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 22.30s
  • Off time: 13:25:22

Full result

13:25 Leopardstown Result 29th January 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Flemenstar (IRE) 11-12 A E Lynch P Casey 7 6/4f
Tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, headway to lead before 3 out and soon asserted, in command in straight and kept on well, impressive opened 11/8 touched 6/4
2nd 19 Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 11-12 D N Russell A J Martin 8 16/1
Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, went 2nd 3 out, soon ridden and no impression on easy winner entering straight, kept on one pace opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd Notus De La Tour (FR) 11-12 R M Power D Pipe 6 5/2
Led early, tracked leaders in 5th halfway, 3rd after 3 out and soon no impression on easy winner, kept on one pace in straight opened 3/1 touched 10/3
4th Lucky William (IRE) 11-12 B J Cooper T Cooper 8 16/1
Held up and took keen hold, went 4th approaching 2 out, no extra in straight and kept on one pace opened 20/1 touched 20/1
5th 7 Blackstairmountain (IRE) 11-12 R Walsh W P Mullins 7 5/2
Held up towards rear, no impression in 5th approaching straight, kept on one pace opened 9/4 touched 5/2
6th 10 Baily Green (IRE) 11-12 Andrew J McNamara M F Morris 6 50/1
Prominent, led before 3rd, headed approaching 3 out and soon no extra, weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th Foildubh (IRE) 11-12 R C Colgan J P Ryan 8 16/1
Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, no extra from 2 out, weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.20 Tote Place: £1.40,3.40
Straight Forecast: £25.00 Exacta: £26.70

Placepot: €30.80, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Lots of overnight (and morning) rain meant that the ground was testing and indeed there was plenty of standing water on the course. That certainly didn't stop FLEMENSTAR however and he put in a commanding round of front-running, coming clear before the turn for home and powering away from his rivals. Andrew Lynch, who has showcased his talents this season in big races on the likes of Sizing Europe, Voler La Vedette and Rubi Light, was content to bide his time in the early stages as Notus De La Tour made the running but jumped through to lead before halfway. Lynch and his partner measured nearly every fence perfectly and it would probably be unwise to think that he (and Bog Warrior who beat him on debut) are merely mudlarks. The way he stretched them from four out was impressive and although the seven-year-old won't head to Cheltenham (according to his trainer), it won't be wise to underestimate him on better ground wherever we see him next. Gift Of Dgab was brought down by the fall of stablemate Bog Warrior last time and was given time to work his way into the race and gain some confidence here. He wasn't fluent at the fifth from home but jumped nicely enough in the main. He gave vain chase turning in but was well-held; this still looks a career-best effort. Third was Notus De La Tour who lost his place at an early stage but deserves plenty of credit for plugging on, although it's hard to work out what sort of a race he ran. He was well-fancied and well-tipped up but doesn't look a star over fences, and although he reversed earlier C+D form with Blackstairmountain, one would be hard-pressed to say he's run a cracker. The last-named was held up as is normally the case but never looked like picking up the horses closer to the pace. He came off the bridle earlier than is normally the case and although the ground (and a mistake at the second-last) could be used as an excuse, he doesn't look one for much confidence. Lucky William finished fourth but is a second-season novice who is only rated 135, whilst Foildubh is better when front-running in lesser company.