Charles Byrnes has Cheltenham on the horizon for Arnaud after the five-year-old returned from a summer break with victory in the Customer Care Christmas Hurdle at Downpatrick.
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Winner of two races over fences, Arnaud had little trouble dispensing with inferior opposition.
Making all under Davy Russell, the 4/5 shot held Seskinane by six and a half lengths.
"If they were all like that the job would be easy. The track, ground and conditions of the race suited him. He had 11lb in hand," said Byrnes.
"I'm sure he'll finish up at Cheltenham in some race and he'll maybe go to England in early January, too, for better ground," said Byrnes.
Russell said: "All credit to Charles to find that race for him. He's an excellent jumper and has been from day one."