Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f
- (5yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 15.60s
- Off time: 13:30:15
|2nd||3 Felix Yonger||9||5/2|
Defy Logic (IRE) 31
|7||166 11-12 h||P Nolan||A P McCoy||150||11/8f|
Felix Yonger (IRE) 31
|8||166 11-12||W P Mullins||R Walsh||154||5/2|
Irish Thistle (IRE) 14
|7||166 11-12||H Rogers||D N Russell||130||66/1|
Mallowney (IRE) 21
|8||166 11-12||T Doyle||Andrew J McNamara||136||20/1|
|8||166 11-12||W P Mullins||P Townend||7/2|
Ted Veale (IRE) 31
|7||166 11-12||A J Martin||P Carberry||146||25/1|
Trifolium (FR) 31
|7||166 11-12||C Byrnes||B J Cooper||145||7/1|
||6||1112||D T Hughes||B J Geraghty||136||NR|
||7||11-12||A J Martin||B J Cooper||10/1|
There have been some terrific winners of this in recent years and this season's entry looks well up to scratch. Defy Logic couldn't quite get to FELIX YONGER at Punchestown in November but enjoyed the softer conditions when beating Trifolium in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase here on St Stephens Day. Though surprisingly beaten by stablemate The Paparrazi Kid in softer ground over a longer trip at Limerick where he didn't jump as well, Ruby Walsh's mount is better than that and compensation awaits. Mallowney was beaten seven lengths by Mozoltov on his chasing bow at Fairyhouse then beat the useful Ned Buntline at Naas but will struggle to reverse form with the Mullins' novice, who is a threat to his stablemate.
Art Of Logistics (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 4th, closer entering straight, ridden and no impression before last, no extra run-in,, 4th of 6, 20l behind Defy Logic (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Trifolium (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, 10 lengths off leading pair 4 out, closer entering straight and 2nd at last, no impression on winner run-in,, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Defy Logic (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Felix Yonger (IRE) 2-5fav (11-12) Soon chased leaders, closer in 2nd into straight, not fluent 2 out, stayed on well run-in but not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-6) at Limerick 2m 3f nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Mozoltov 1-2fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, led before straight, clear from before last, stayed on well, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs in Dec beating Mallowney (11-12) by 8l, 8 ran.
Ted Veale (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) In rear, slight mistake 2nd and slow 3rd, ridden and no impression in 5th entering straight, no extra,, 5th of 6, 47l behind Defy Logic (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Defy Logic (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led or disputed lead, slight mistake 3 out and led next, ridden and kept on well run-in,, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec beating Trifolium (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Irish Thistle (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, briefly on terms from 5th, a little slow next, ridden along from 3 out, switched right before 2 out, soon no impression until left in lead and clear from last, won at Navan 2m 4f nov chs sft beating Seskinane (11-0) by 12l, 5 ran.
Mallowney (IRE) 6-4 (11-2) Disputed lead early, led before 3rd, ridden clear from 2 out, pushed out and stayed on well run-in, won at Naas 2m nov chs sft beating Ned Buntline (11-8) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.