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  • 13:25 Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase 2m 1f

  • (Grade 1) €80,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 22.30s
  • Off time: 13:25:22

Flemenstar routs Arkle rivals

Casey ace makes big impression

Last Updated: 29/01/12 2:15pm

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Flemenstar: Impressive winner of the Irish Arkle

Flemenstar: Impressive winner of the Irish Arkle

Flemenstar made nearly all the running to run out a very impressive 19 length winner of the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Peter Casey's exciting novice (6-4 fav) had won his previous two starts following a promising chasing debut behind Bog Warrior.

In testing conditions here, Andrew Lynch gave his mount a positive ride and had quickened away from the field before the turn for home.

Lynch was able to ease up the winner 100 yards from the line, with Tony Martin's Gift Of Dgab (16-1) the horse who plugged on best for the runner-up spot.

The well-backed Notus De La Tour was well-held in third, but he fared better than Willie Mullins' Blackstairmountain who was beaten a long way from home.

It was a first Grade One success for the winning trainer, who said: "He's not going to Cheltenham. I don't know where we'll go, maybe something like the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

"He likes that soft ground. It's great the owner hung on to him or I wouldn't have had him.

"My son Peter said this morning that the horse was in great form. He had a spin at the Curragh last week.

"He settled well and did everything right. He's a lovely horse and I've always thought the world of him."

Boylesports introduced the winner into the Cheltenham Arkle market at 12-1, whilst Sky Bet have eased Blackstairmountain to 16-1 (from 14s) for the same race.

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