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Arctic Skipper claims G2 success for Flemensfirth

Classy chaser Arctic Skipper (7g Flemensfirth-Coco Opera, by Lafontaine) brought more graded race glory at Navan on Sunday. The son of Flemensfirth held off Gilgamboa (8g Westerner-Hi Native, by Be My Native) to win the G2 Fortria Chase for trainer Vincent Halley. “He’s honest out and Sean (Flanagan) said he has loads of scope. He’s obviously improved from last season and it’s fantastic. We’ll make a plan now after this,” said Halley. The former winning point-to-pointer was bred by Richard Lynch.