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Easy for Arvika Ligeonniere

Arvika Ligeonniere returned to winning ways as he turned the Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown into a procession.

The Mullins-trained nine-year-old took his record to five from five at Punchestown, having been beaten into third when favourite at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Special Tiara cut out the running, but Walsh's mount took much closer order with over half a mile to run and jumped three out with a fractional advantage.

That was extended significantly at the second-last and the race was over once the 2/7 chance pinged the final fence to come home unchallenged from Toner D'Oudairies. At the line, the margin of victory was 14 lengths.

Walsh said: "They went a good gallop early and he settled, but Davy (Russell, on Special Tiara) slowed it up at the top of the hill.

"He travelled extremely well, he was brave at a few of his fences but that's just him.

"It was a really good performance.

"For whatever reason last year he got going a bit right, but this year he has been dead straight. I don't see [going] left [handed] being an issue."

The winner remains a 12/1 chance with Sky Bet for the Bet Victor Queen Mother Champion Chase.