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Ryanair Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner €61,999 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000 5th €2,000
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 31.80s
  • Off time: 18:50:36
  • Last Updated: April 25 2013, 19:30 BST

Arvika Ligeonniere (7/2 favourite) made up for his Cheltenham failure by landing the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Arvika Ligeonniere: Outclassed his rivals
Arvika Ligeonniere: Outclassed his rivals

Ruby Walsh settled the eight-year-old in behind the pace set by Special Tiara, and could be noted travelling best of all turning for home.

Oscars Well (6/1) briefly threatened between the penultimate and final fences but he was readily brushed aside by a performance right out of the top drawer and had to settle for second.

Special Tiara (10/1) stuck to his guns to finish a distant third ahead of Benefficient, who was held up and failed to land a telling blow despite moving stylishly into the home straight.

Willie Mullins, trainer of the winner, said: "Soft ground and a right-handed track are two important ingredients for him, and two miles is probably his trip.

"Ruby got him to settle today. He's over 17 hands and must be the biggest horse in our yard.

"He's just so strong, he's improving and we will probably stay at home with him next season."

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