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Notus De La Tour set to return in Irish Arkle

NOTUS De La Tour is set for a return to Ireland after his decent performance at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.

David Pipe's five-year-old has made a bright start over fences, winning at Carlisle and Plumpton and finishing third to Walkon at Exeter before he was pitched into Grade One company on Monday.

He led for much of the two-mile-one-furlong trip before being passed on the run-in by Willie Mullins' Blackstairmountain.

"The ground had clearly dried out quite significantly and he will certainly be better on softer going," the trainer said. "He could return for a crack at the Irish Arkle at the end of next month."

Betfair has made another apology to punters over the bizarre betting patterns in Wednesday's woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown and the delay in settling the outcome.

It became evident during the race that more than £21m was available at odds of 28-1 to back Voler La Vedette, even though Colm Murphy's mare went off at 13-8, and some eagle-eyed backers thought they had picked up a late Christmas present. However, Betfair voided the race due to a technical fault, which it said had caused a customer to exceed their exposure limit.

A Betfair statement yesterday said: "We can confirm that all in-running bets on this market would have been voided, had Voler La Vedette won or lost. There was never any chance of the account in question profiting. The account in question was also immediately suspended after the Leopardstown race.

"There has been some criticism from customers, and in the press, that Betfair took too long to void. We made the decision after we were in full possession of the all the facts and input from the relevant internal departments. A decision was then made to void."