• 13:45 Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase 2m 1f

  • 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
13:45 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Benefficient (IRE) 10/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 41/111 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 31
Course and Distance Winner
8 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 157 8/131.62
2 7-2124 EMERALD GREEN & RED STRIPED, red sleeves, quartered cap Benefficient (IRE) 31
Course Winner
7 11-12 A J Martin B J Cooper 140 10/111.00
3 41F12 Pink, black sash, pink cap Oscars Well (IRE) 31
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-12 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 152 13/82.62


Although Benefficient, a shock Grade 1 winner over hurdles here last February, is doing well over fences he was well and truly put in his place by ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE here on St Stephen's Day and is most unlikely to reverse the form barring accidents. The winner made all for a convincing success from today's rival Oscars Well, who tried his best to get on terms but could never quite manage to get there and was beaten just over 2l. The winner jumped to the right on a couple of occasions which allowed the runner-up to get so close and there may not be too much between them again though it has to be Willie Mullins charge who gets the vote to land his third successive Grade 1 over fences.