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Arvika Ligeonniere aims to extend winning run

Updated: Saturday, 01 Feb 2014 16:41 | Comments

Arvika Ligeonniere is the big draw at Punchestown
Arvika Ligeonniere is the big draw at Punchestown

Arvika Ligeonniere strives to make it five wins from as many starts at Punchestown in the Boylesports Free Wifi Coming To Our Shops Tied Cottage Chase.

Willie Mullins' nine-year-old tasted defeat for the first time when completing the course over fences when only third in the Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, but he has four top-flight victories under his belt, including the John Durkan on his most recent visit to this venue in December.

Standing in his way this time are the Gigginstown pair of Rathlin and Toner D'Oudairies, and the Henry de Bromhead-trained Special Tiara, who was a surprise winner of an Aintree Grade One last season but has only been seen twice this time, and not since finishing third at Cheltenham in November.

Mullins' prolific bumper winner Wicklow Brave transferred that form to obstacles at the first attempt and rises to Listed company for the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle, with Dessie Hughes's Lieutenant Colonel his chief opponent.

There is a decent prize up for grabs in the Claim Your One Month Free Trial At racinguk.com Grand National Trial Handicap Chase, with the weights headed by Quito De La Roque, who isn't the force he once was and drops down from Pattern company for the first time since his fencing debut back in 2010.

Big Shu proved himself king of the banks course with a Cheltenham/Punchestown Festival double and reappears under top weight in the Glenfarclas PP Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase.

Inis Meain may be out of the handicap in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier), but this smart Flat performer remains attractively treated at this discipline.

The meeting commences with the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden Hurdle at 1.40, in which Pink Hat will attempt to atone for letting down favourite-backers at Clonmel and this venue.

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