Ligeonniere Heads Mullins 9 In Arkle

Thu 24th Jan 2013, 12:22

Arvika Ligeonniere
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Arvika Ligeonniere heads the Irish entry for the Cheltenham Festival's Racing Post Arkle Trophy.

Trainer Willie Mullins has nine among the 33 entries in the race for which Simonsig is currently odds-on favourite.

Nicky Henderson's charge is two-from-two since being switched to fences following wins over hurdles at both Cheltenham and Aintree last year.

Former Champion Hurdle runner-up Overturn is also unbeaten over fences and he stands his ground for Donald McCain, while Paul Nicholls' French import Fago gets an entry after his impressive debut for the yard at Newbury.

Tetlami and Captain Conan complete Henderson's team.

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