Leopardstown

  • 13:30 Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase 2m 1f

  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 15.60s
  • Off time: 13:30:15
13:30 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Trifolium (FR) 7/1
2nd Felix Yonger (IRE) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 122-121 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Defy Logic (IRE) 31
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-12 h P Nolan A P McCoy 150 11/82.38
3 25/1112 Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Felix Yonger (IRE) 31
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 154 5/23.50
4 3153-21 WHITE, purple braces, striped sleeves & cap Irish Thistle (IRE) 14
Nag me
7 11-12 H Rogers D N Russell 130 66/167.00
5 11F5-21 Red, dark green cross sashes, dark green cap, red star Mallowney (IRE) 21
Nag me
8 11-12 T Doyle Andrew J McNamara 136 20/121.00
6 213/11-1 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap Mozoltov 43
Nag me
8 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 7/24.50
7 312-835 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Ted Veale (IRE) 31
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-12 A J Martin P Carberry 146 25/126.00
8 2/24-122 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Trifolium (FR) 31
Nag me
7 11-12 C Byrnes B J Cooper 145 7/18.00
Non runners
114-1154Art Of Logistics (IRE)611-12D T HughesB J Geraghty136

Verdict

There have been some terrific winners of this in recent years and this season's entry looks well up to scratch. Defy Logic couldn't quite get to FELIX YONGER at Punchestown in November but enjoyed the softer conditions when beating Trifolium in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase here on St Stephens Day. Though surprisingly beaten by stablemate The Paparrazi Kid in softer ground over a longer trip at Limerick where he didn't jump as well, Ruby Walsh's mount is better than that and compensation awaits. Mallowney was beaten seven lengths by Mozoltov on his chasing bow at Fairyhouse then beat the useful Ned Buntline at Naas but will struggle to reverse form with the Mullins' novice, who is a threat to his stablemate.