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Arvika takes Tied test

Arvika Ligeonniere will face just three opponents when he returns to Punchestown for the Tied Cottage Chase on Sunday.

The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old has won each of his four starts at the County Kildare circuit and is unbeaten when going right-handed over fences.

He suffered a short-priced reverse when going the other way around in Leopardstown's Dial-A-Bet Chase over the Christmas period, but will be widely expected to get back on the winning trail in this weekend's Grade Two event.

Leading owners Gigginstown House Stud launch a twin assault with both Gordon Elliott's Toner D'Oudairies and the Mouse Morris-trained Rathlin lining up.

Toner D'Oudairies chased home Arvika Ligeonniere in November's Clonmel Oil Chase and got back on the winning trail in a Listed contest at Thurles.

Rathlin won three races on the bounce before failing to get competitive behind stable companion Rule The World in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas a fortnight ago.

The quartet is completed by Henry de Bromhead's Special Tiara, who was a shock winner of a Grade One at last year's Grand National meeting at Aintree before being well beaten by Arvika Ligeonniere at the Punchestown Festival.

He was last seen finishing third behind Kid Cassidy at November's Open meeting at Cheltenham.