Arvika the answer

Arvika Ligeonniere is fancied to have the legs on Sizing Europe in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown this afternoon.

All the evidence so far is that the selection is better going right-handed, but connections do not see travelling in this direction as a major problem.

The eight-year-old warmed up for the test with bloodless successes at Clonmel and Punchestown, but greatly impressed on both occasions.

Sizing Europe has been a high-class horse for a long time, but disappointed when well beaten into second behind Roi Du Mee over three miles at Down Royal.

Today's trip will be far more suitable, but Sizing Europe will be a 12-year-old in a few days and the three years younger Arvika Ligeonniere is readily preferred.

Willie Mullins trains Arvika Ligeonniere and his Moyle Park, so impressive on his debut over jumps at Navan, will be a tough nut to crack in the other Grade 1 on the card, the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle.

Philip Fenton's The Tullow Tank, however, is a worthy opponent and gets the vote. He won a modest maiden at Naas and then moved up in class to take the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.

The nap vote falls on Ted Walsh's Champagne James in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle.

A useful sort in bumpers, he has an absence of 376 days to overcome, but is reported to be fit to do himself justice and to have schooled quite nicely.

Gordon Elliott's No More Heroes, who caught the eye when fourth over flights at Down Royal, gets the nod in the Bumper.

Limerick houses a fascinating clash between Renneti and Real Steel in the Lyons Of Limerick Jaguar Land Rover Hurdle. The nod falls on Renneti, who chased home The Tullow Tank at Fairyhouse.

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