Fairyhouse

  • 14:10 Normans Grove Chase 2m 1f

  • Winner €24,374 2nd €7,126 3rd €3,374 4th €1,126
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 22.90s
  • Off time: 14:10:18
14:10 Fairyhouse Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 1/2
2nd Twinlight (FR) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-1131P PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 25
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 166 1/21.50
2 241F63 MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Foildubh (IRE) 84
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 J P Ryan P Carberry 153 16/117.00
3 41-1133 Orange, beige chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Twinlight (FR) 42
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins B J Geraghty 157 5/16.00
5 21-4212 Light blue, orange star, orange stars on sleeves, orange star on cap Turban (FR) 50
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 W P Mullins D J Casey 151 11/26.50
6 732431 EMERALD GREEN, red diamond, hooped sleeves & cap Kates Benefit (IRE) 15
Nag meCourse Winner
8 10-11 D Budds D E Mullins 130 20/121.00
Non runners
41-34391Savello (IRE)811-7A J MartinD N Russell152

Verdict

If ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE lives up to his rating there should only be one winner. Already a quadruple winner at Grade 1 level over fences, he couldn't survive a bad blunder in the Champion Chase where he pulled much too hard but an earlier 14-length defeat of Toner D'Oudairies at Punchestown would be good enough for this. Foildubh, who won this a year ago, was behind him at Clonmel in November and is probably better over further nowadays. Twinlight was well below his best at Naas last time and may need a confidence-booster but Turban, the third of the Willie Mullins brigade, was only just touched off by Argocat at Gowran and the winner ran very well at Aintree on Thursday. Savello hadn't looked up to this sort of grade until landing the Grand Annual at Cheltenham and there should be more to come.