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Nolan: Defy is our best ever

James Nolan has described Defy Logic as "the best horse we have ever had anything to do with" as the Grade One winner looks to enhance his Cheltenham credentials in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle at Leopardstown tomorrow.

A current 8/1 chance for the Arkle at Cheltenham, Defy Logic came out on top of a fascinating duel with Champagne Fever at Leopardstown over Christmas and while he is an absentee tomorrow, Willie Mullins is doubly represented with the second and third favourites Felix Yonger and Mozoltov.

Boylesports have installed the Willie Mullins-trained Felix Yonger as their 2/1 favourite with Defy Logic a 5/2 chance and Mozoltov next best at 3/1.

James Nolan, assistant to his brother Paul, told the Herald: "He is in great shape and we think on Sunday he'll be better than he has been so far."

Despite getting beat at Limerick over Christmas by his stable companion, Felix Yonger is the highest rated of the eight that go to post, but Nolan feels his charge "couldn't be better."

"They talk about the last day being a great race," he continued, "but that is what he wants to do. He goes his own gallop and he is comfortable to do that and he jumps doing that and he has the balls to do that and as regards anyone trying to take him on, it only suits him."

From their Wexford base the Nolans have enjoyed high-profile success with the likes of Joncol and Noble Prince, but there is little doubt where they rank Defy Logic.

"He is the best we've ever had, easily, by a long way, from a long time ago and we'd be just so glad that he proved that at Christmas and I don't think it was any accident that it happened."

Despite being beaten by his stable companion The Paparrazi Kid at Limerick over Christmas, Felix Yonger is the top rated of the octet and is officially 4lb higher than Defy Logic on ratings.

He is joined in the race by Mozoltov, who won his only start over fences at Fairyhouse last month and is making a big step up in class here, while Bryan Cooper has opted for the owners other runner in the race, Trifolium, who was second to Defy Logic at Christmas.