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  • Benefficient Win In Arkle

Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • (5yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 3 runners)
  • Winner €51,999 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 32.10s
  • Off time: 13:45:10
  • Last Updated: January 26 2013, 17:53 GMT

Benefficient strolled to victory in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown after mistakes by his two rivals.

Benefficient: Was handed the Arkle on a plate
Benefficient: Was handed the Arkle on a plate

Arvika Ligeonnaire was sent off the 8/13 favourite and he was going well out in front when falling at the fourth from home (usually five out but a fence was omitted) and then Oscars Well made a bad mistake at the last when under pressure.

Benefficient sauntered by his weary rival over the final obstacle and was pushed out by Bryan Cooper for an easy success.

Sky Bet reacted by pushing Arvika Ligeonnaire out to 8/1 for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham with Oscars Well shunted out to 25/1 and Benefficient cut to that price.

Martin said: "That's racing, we had the rub of the green today. It couldn't have happened to nicer lads, I'm just so happy for my owners.

"I feel so sorry for Willie (Mullins, trainer) and Rich Ricci (owner) but they were getting plenty of luck and it's our luck today. I just hope the other two horses are all right.

"We were a length off 'Puppy' (Robert Power, on Oscars Well) halfway up the straight and we actually jumped the last a length in front of him, so you can't say Benefficient was lucky with regards to Oscars Well.

"I don't know, he might have won or he mightn't but I'm absolutely delighted."

Looking ahead, winning trainer Tony Martin said: "I've no set plans. We got today out of the way and we'll see how we go now. He'll get an entry in the Arkle and Jewson (at Cheltenham).

"We'll pick what looks the lesser race and try and stay away from the likes of Simonsig. We'll set out to get place money, like today, and anything else is a bonus.

"He could wait for Liverpool as I'd much prefer a flat track and he disappointed at Cheltenham last year.

"It looked like he was going to be third or fourth behind Simonsig but he only finished ninth.

"I'd say the boys would be keen on going to Cheltenham again, though."

Cooper said: "I won my first Grade One on him in last year's Deloitte Hurdle here at Leopardstown and it's great to get another one with him today.

"He might have fell on his luck a bit, but that's racing. They are there to be jumped and he did it well.

"I know Oscars Well missed the last but I think I had him beat anyway and my lad galloped all the way to the line today. He threw in some very good jumps today and deserved that."

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