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Willie Mullins' Arvika Ligeonniere, ridden by Ruby Walsh, made all to win the Drinmore Chase

Updated: Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 19:10 | Comments

Getting in too close to the last was the only minor blip on an otherwise superb round of jumping by Arvika Ligeonniere
Getting in too close to the last was the only minor blip on an otherwise superb round of jumping by Arvika Ligeonniere

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Arvika Ligeonniere made all to win the Bar One Racing Drinmore Chase in impressive style at Fairyhouse.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old soon opened up a huge advantage over the field, jumping with lots of dash in the hands of Ruby Walsh.

And while the pack briefly threatened to close, that impression was only temporary and Walsh could afford to look round twice between the last two fences, where even-money favourite Dedigout was starting to toil.

Walsh's mount safely negotiated the last, to make it two wins from as many starts over fences.

Walsh said: "He was a bit keen and took me on, he went some gallop - he was just relentless and I'd have no worries going back in trip with him.

"He's got plenty of pace and attacks his fences.

"He's a great jumper and is a horse that has always had a big engine, he's just been difficult to train, but the lads have done a great job with him."

"He has a tremendous cruising speed and we wouldn't be afraid to go back to two miles - that's, maybe, his job" - Willie Mullins

Mullins said: "He was very impressive. He did it very well, his jumping was fantastic.

"He has a tremendous cruising speed and we wouldn't be afraid to go back to two miles - that's maybe his job.

"He was very fast over the first four fences. There was a few front-runners in it and they were all trying to make it.

"He has the jumping ability, along with the pace. Until we see that he's not able to do it over two miles we'll go that way first.

"He had a year off. He just had a little problem. With horses like him you just have to give them a bit of time.

"We'll keep him running as much as we can and get all the experience we can with him.

"We'll look at Christmas now (at Leopardstown)."

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