Arvika Ligeonniere enjoyed little more than a stroll to win the John Durkan Memorial Chase after Sir Des Champs fell at the third fence.
Sir can land John Durkan
Keith Hamer has a selection for every race on Sunday and fancies Sir Des Champs in the John Durkan. CORK: 12.45 Rathvinden, 1.15 Alelchi Inois, 1.45 Emily Gray, 2.20 Twinlight, 2.50 Way Up In The Air, 3.20 After Dark, 3.50 Mm Dazzler. KELSO: 12.25 Roc De Prince, 12.55 Talkin Sence, 1.25 Titus Bolt, 1.55 IMPERIAL VIC (NAP), 2.25 Night Alliance, 2.55 Tonvadosa, 3.25 Snuker. PUNCHESTOWN: 12.30 Ange Balafre, 1.00 Apache Jack, 1.35 Sir Des Champs, 2.05 More Madness, 2.35 Bright New Dawn, 3.05 Daring Article, 3.35 Black Hercules. WARWICK: 12.40 Mahican, 1.10 Vukovar, 1.40 Twoways, 2.10 Oscars Way, 2.40 Orange Nassau, 3.10 Portofino Wasp, 3.40 Troyan. DOUBLE: Imperial Vic and Night Alliance. Imperial Vic looks the ideal type to relish the marathon distance of the Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National at Kelso. Michael Smith's staying handicap chaser has not looked short of stamina in recording victories up to three and a quarter miles at Musselburgh, Catterick and Perth. He is usually up with the pace at those trips and while this four miles is an unknown, he has been finishing his races well enough to suggest it will be well within his compass. Imperial Vic also has the touch of class to deal with this company, having been a close third to Vintage Star in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Graduation Chase at Carlisle. Night Alliance can continue his progression by defying a 10lb hike in the weights to complete a hat-trick in the John Wade Always Right Champion Chase. Dr Richard Newland's eight-year-old has looked a decent performer this term, with wins at Ffos Las and at Ascot last time, where he accounted for Duke Of Lucca by four and a half lengths. He is still towards the bottom of the handicap in this field and could have scope for further improvement. All eyes at Warwick will be on Vukovar, who makes his much-anticipated British debut in the Age UK Solihull Beginners' Chase. The French import was last seen winning at Auteuil in June when he defeated Dell' Arca by three lengths. That form was given some boost by the emphatic victory of the runner-up, now with David Pipe, in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. It is straight to fencing for Vukovar as the four-year-old tackles this two-mile heat. Trainer Harry Fry reports his new acquisition to have schooled with promise but the acid test is on the track. Given his reputation, he should pass it with flying colours. Twoways can confirm the impression he made on his debut over the bigger obstacles to land the Citizens Advice Solihull Handicap Chase. The seven-year-old, trained by Mark Rimell, plugged on to take third place behind Arkaim at Huntingdon two weeks ago and is fancied to go two places better.
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Cue Card stamped himself as a big player on the staying scene with a super display in the Betfair Chase. The old guard now
have their back against the wall, and the King George VI Chase is the key Christmas gift to racing fans.
While the bruisers slug away over three miles, this weekend sees the speed merchants battle for the Tingle Creek, though the expected presence of the phenomenal Sprinter Sacre means a procession is likely.
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Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Cork where The Job Is Right fought off all-comers to take the Grade Three spoils.
Unioniste could travel to Ireland for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown following his win at Aintree on Saturday.
Richard Newland's Royale Knight ran out an easy winner of the Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National at Kelso.
Our Irish Eyes column is back and confidently expecting Willie Mullins' remarkable run of success to continue this afternoon.
The Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton remains the next likely port of call for Sire De Grugy following his victory in the Tingle Creek.
Resurgent teenager Baby Run could run in a valuable long-distance chase at either Warwick or Haydock next month.
Jockey Steve Drowne was taken to hospital after Nunthorpe Stakes heroine Jwala fell fatally in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.
Our man Will Hayler is back with the latest edition of his Notebook and updates on all of the horses to have caught his eye.
Our Placepot man Mal Boyle brings you his selections of Sunday afternoon's meeting at Warwick.