RACELINE: HORSES TO FOLLOW

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Here is the final list before Christmas of horses to have caught the eye in the last couple of weeks. The previous lists continue to produce plenty of winners.

ARVIKA LIGEONNAIRE (WON, Fairyhouse Dec 2)

It’s a measure of how highly champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins regards his seven-year-old that he pitched him straight into this good, competitive Grade One event for his seasonal reappearance. But the French-bred showed exactly why with a blistering pillar-to-post victory that spiked some lofty reputations in behind. Helped by some fine, if occasionally low, jumping, he poured it on relentlessly on what was only his second outing since a two-year injury-absence. On this evidence, it will be impossible to keep him away from the spring festivals, and while his best trip might prove to be 2m4f, Mullins is sure he’ll act on better ground.

 

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