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Arctic Fire claims Fairyhouse success

Arctic Fire and jockey Ruby Walsh go onto win the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle
Arctic Fire and jockey Ruby Walsh go onto win the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle

Arctic Fire gained a well-deserved first Grade One win with an authoritative success in the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Placed at the top level in the past behind such smart performers as his stablemates Faugheeen and Hurricane Fly, Arctic Fire followed up his Grade Two Lismullen Hurdle victory in style.

Ruby Walsh settled the 4-5 favourite towards the rear as Willie Mullins' other runner Clondaw Court set the pace.

Alpha Des Obeaux went on before the second-last flight but Arctic Fire travelled strongly and cruised ahead before the final obstacle to score by four lengths.

It was a quick Grade One double for Walsh and Mullins following Long Dog's win in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.