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Sat, 26th Jan, 2013

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Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) of £80,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 1f. 1st - £52,000.00 2nd - £16,000.00 3rd - £8,000.00 4th - £3,200.00 3 Declared Heavy Overcast


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE doesn't make it easy for himself with the racing style he employs but he's not easy to take on here. Over the course and distance a month ago, you felt sure his free-going and jumping to the right would ultimately prove costly. The French-bred has a huge engine though and he had enough left in the locker up the run-in to see off today's rivals, Oscars Well and Benefficient (fourth) by two and a half lengths, a half a length and thirteen lengths. You can be sure that better minds than I will come up with reasons why Oscars Well, chiefly, or Benefficient might reverse form now. However, there is a great deal to admire about Arvika Ligeonniere, he has a pretty safe looking method of getting from one side of a fence to the other and despite the small field this race promises to be an exciting spectacle.

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A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 5-y-o 11st 2lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb

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111-Arvika Ligeonniere 8,b g 11-12


(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 157

W P Mullins

P Townend

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124-Benefficient 7,ch g 11-12

Beneficial-Supreme Breda

(1)(A Shiels/niall Reilly)
Rated 140

A J Martin

B J Cooper

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f12-Oscars Well 8,b g 11-12

Oscar-Placid Willow

(1)(Molley Malone Syndicate)
Rated 152

A J Martin

R M Power

Probable SP 4/9 Arvika Ligeonniere, 9/4 Oscars Well, 10/1 Benefficient.

Previous Years
2012 Flemenstar 7 11-12 A E Lynch 6/4Fav (Peter Casey)
2011 Realt Dubh 7 11-12 P Carberry 5/2Fav (Noel Meade)
2010 An Cathaoir Mor 7 11-12 D J Casey 7/1 (Henry De Bromhead)
2009 Golden Silver 7 11-12 P Townend 9/1 (W P Mullins)
2008 Thyne Again 7 11-12 D N Russell 13/8 (W J Burke)
2007 Schindlers Hunt 7 11-12 R Loughran 8/13Fav (D T Hughes)
2006 Missed That 7 11-12 D J Casey 3/1 (W P Mullins)
2005 Ulaan Baatar 8 11-12 T J Murphy 10/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2004 Kicking King 6 11-12 B J Geraghty 11/10Fav (T J Taaffe)
2003 Bust Out 7 11-12 B J Geraghty 11/10Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2002 Assessed 8 11-12 R Walsh 8/1 (W P Mullins)
2001 Well Ridden 7 11-5 C O'Dwyer 9/4 (A L T Moore)
2000 Frozen Groom 5 10-12 P Carberry 9/4 (Noel Meade)
1999 His Song 6 12-0 J R Barry 1/2Fav (M F Morris)