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Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 12.20s
  • Off time: 13:36:51
  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 16:21 GMT

Arvika Ligeonniere produced a stunning display in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.

Ruby Walsh: Rode Arvika Ligeonniere
Ruby Walsh: Rode Arvika Ligeonniere

The Willie Mullins-trained seven year old was in the could be anything category following his win in a beginners chase after two years on the sidelines but gave notice of the depth of his talent with a devastating victory in the two and a half mile Grade One.

As he had done in the Royal Bond, Ruby Walsh jumped off in front but this time the gallop was much stronger and with half a mile to run the pair were at least 20 lengths clear of their nearest rival.

The field closed on the 2/1 shot approaching the home turn but Walsh was still motionless in the saddle unlike his rivals who were all hard at work.

Buckers Bridge and Pride Of The Artic had gone in chase of the eventual winner from a long way out and paid the price as Texas Jack and favourite Dedigout tried to close.

However, Walsh's confidence wasn't misplaced and it became obvious the jockey had just given his mount a breather as the pair began to open up their advantage once again.

The jockey was allowed the luxury of several looks behind him to check on Dedigout's progress and didn't see anything to spur him into more urgent action as Arvika Ligeonniere cruised home.

Walsh said: "He was a bit keen and took me on, he went some gallop - he was just relentless and I'd have no worries going back in trip with him.

"He's got plenty of pace and attacks his fences. He's a great jumper and is a horse that has always had a big engine, he's just been difficult to train but the lads have done a great job with him."

Mullins said: "He was very impressive. He did it very well, his jumping was fantastic.

"He has a tremendous cruising speed and we wouldn't be afraid to go back to two miles - that's maybe his job.

"He was very fast over the first four fences. There was a few front-runners in it and they were all trying to make it.

"He has the jumping ability, along with the pace. Until we see that he's not able to do it over two miles we'll go that way first.

"He had a year off. He just had a little problem. With horses like him you just have to give them a bit of time.

"We'll keep him running as much as we can and get all the experience we can with him. We'll look at Christmas now (at Leopardstown)."

There was no shortage of quotes for the season's big races with Sky Bet making him a 7/1 chance for the Arkle Trophy and a 10/1 shot for the RSA Chase.

The Leeds' firm's Ken Dickson commented: "He's always been well thought of and routed a decent field in the Drinmore Novice Chase. Jumped superbly and could well have the speed for the Arkle at the festival. One to keep on side."

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