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

  • 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
13:25 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Flemenstar (IRE) 6/4
2nd Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 16/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-63435 Emerald green,orange star,emGreen sleeves,orange stars,green cap,orange stars Baily Green (IRE) 34
6 11-12 t M F Morris Andrew J McNamara 128 50/151.00
2 27-2611 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blackstairmountain (IRE) 34
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 146 5/23.50
3 41-4211 WHITE & RED DIAMONDS, white sleeves, white cap, maroon diamonds Flemenstar (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
7 11-12 P Casey A E Lynch 147 6/42.50
4 U32313 MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Foildubh (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
8 11-12 J P Ryan R C Colgan 138 16/117.00
5 2-5012B MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 34
8 11-12 A J Martin D N Russell 140 16/117.00
6 69-1124 Yellow, royal blue hollow box, yellow sleeves, light blue stars, light blue cap, yellow stars Lucky William (IRE) 34
8 11-12 T Cooper B J Cooper 135 16/117.00
7 5-21132 Dark blue, yellow cross sashes, collar & cuffs, striped cap Notus De La Tour (FR) 34
6 11-12 D Pipe R M Power 142 5/23.50


Blackstairmountain looked to be struggling for much of the way in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase over this C&D last month but got going late and eventually overhauled NOTUS DE LA TOUR on the run-in. Lucky William and Baily Green are held on that form while Gift Of Dgab fell too early to make a judgement. Robbie Power was riding the runner-up for the first time that day and made plenty of use of him so a more restrained ride can allow David Pipe's charge to turn the tables and take this. Flemenstar takes a massive step-up in grade but is well worth a look as he has done very well so far and wasn't too far behind the high-class Bog Warrior on his chasing debut at Navan. He's unbeaten in two subsequent starts and could easily make the transition to this higher level.