leopardstown 26th Dec
Arvika Ligeonniere and Paul Townend
(Healy Racing Photos)
Arvika Ligeonniere completed a Grade One double in the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown.
As he did in the Drinmore, Willie Mullins' 9-10 market leader established a clear advantage by halfway and was still a few lengths clear at the last.
He started to get tired on the run to the line, but while Oscars Well and Baily Green tried to reel him in, he never really looked like being caught and had two and a half lengths to spare passing the post.
His stablemate Blood Cotil made it two from two on these shores with a victory in the Grade Three Q8 OILS Juvenile Hurdle.
In the absence of Our Conor, Willie Mullins' French import was sent off the 4-9 favourite and although Stocktons Wing made him work slightly harder than those odds would have suggested, he was ultimately in a different class and crossed the line with three lengths in hand.
Ned Buntline (4-5) got off the mark over obstacles at the second attempt, beating Urano by a couple of lengths in a Bookmakers Bar At Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown Maiden Hurdle that should work out well.
Listed bumper winner Anonis made a successful start to his jumping career in the Q8 OILS Maiden Hurdle.
Mags Mullins' 11-4 shot wasn't exactly foot-perfect, but he got the job done in front and saw off The Papararazi Kid, who filled the runner-up berth for the fourth successive occasion.
Katie Walsh found herself in the winner's enclosure after steering the consistent Jacksonslady (7-1) to victory in the Racing Post All You Need For Irish Racing Handicap Chase, while 10-1 chance Moyle Park made a victorious start to his career in the Donohue Marquees INH Flat Race.
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