Willie Mullins notched another big-race success in the Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup Novice Chase but it was the outsider of his two runners Golden Silver which came home in front.

Ruby Walsh's mount Jayo was the better-fancied of the two Mullins inmates but he finished last of the four after making a couple of bad mistakes down the back straight.

Turning for home Golden Silver (9-1) appeared to have the measure of his rivals with only Forpadydeplasterer able to go with him.

The two of them settled down to fight it out after the last and after a desperate struggle in the strong wind and lashing rain, it was Golden Silver who came out on top by a head.

Victor Chandler responded with a 20-1 quote for the Arkle at Cheltenham about the winner.

Mullins, who won the race with Missed That in the same colours in 2006, said: ‘When I saw that Jayo was 2-1 and he (Golden Silver) was 25-1 this morning I thought that was a big mistake - he was too big.

‘Jayo made a big mistake which is a shame as we didn't get to see the real Jayo. The race might have come a bit soon after Naas for him too so I'll forgive him and see where we go from here.

‘This puts Golden Silver into the picture as one of our top novice chasers.

‘He has plenty of speed but I thought he might stay. He didn't appear to stay in the Drinmore but I'm now wondering whether he wasn't straight enough for that.

‘He never seems to give his all at the first time of asking so he'll hopefully improve again from here.

‘The two-mile trip in the Arkle will suit him and he'll get a lead the whole way.

‘They are both in the Arkle and that is where they will go.’

Tom Cooper added of the runner-up: ‘I was delighted with him there, and he showed a good attitude.

‘He is in the Arkle and the RSA Chase and we'll see how the ground is before deciding which race to go for.’