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Arvika Ligeonniere profits at Punchestown as Sir Des Champs is a faller under Davy Russell

Updated: Sunday, 08 Dec 2013 16:42 | Comments

Sir Des Champs was a faller under Davy Russell
Sir Des Champs was a faller under Davy Russell

Arvika Ligeonniere enjoyed a facile success for the Willie Mullins team after stablemate Sir Des Champs made an early exit in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase at the Kildare track.

The field had been reduced to three when last year's winner Flemenstar was taken out on Saturday and there was drama as early as the third fence where Sir Des Champs fell.
That left Arvika Ligeonniere to lead the only other runner Rubi Light for the rest of the two and a half mile Grade One.

The 4-7 favourite never looked in any danger with Ruby Walsh enjoying an armchair ride. Rubi Light was held when ploughing through the final fence and was eventually beaten by nine lengths.

Walsh said: "The fences are there to be jumped, but it's very unlike Sir Des Champs to make a mistake like that, but that's racing I suppose.

"My fella jumped well bar the first down the back.

"He's got lots of pace and great scope for jumping. If he was mine I'd be inclined to go back in trip. Why hold him back in a longer race and not play to your strengths. but it's up to Willie and connections what they want to do."

Following his heavy fall from Sir Des Champs Davy Russell was stood down for the rest of the afternoon.

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