Arvika on top in John Durkan after Sir fall
Report: Punchestown, Sunday
John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f, 5yo+
ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE recorded a comfortable victory in Sunday's John Durkan Chase at Punchestown, although his task was made a lot easier when stablemate and market rival Sir Des Champs crashed out at the third fence.
The defection on Saturday of last year's winner Flemenstar meant the John Durkan featured only three runners for the second successive season.
Despite that it promised to be an intriguing contest with two leading lights from the powerful yard of Willie Mullins - promising second-season chaser Arvika Ligeonniere and last term's Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs - clashing with Rubi Light.
However, Sir Des Champs got no further than the third fence as he fell for the first time in his career.
That left Arvika Ligeonniere - sent off the 4-7 favourite - with a relatively straightforward assignment and he took full advantage without ever needing to hit top gear.
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