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Thu, 15th Nov, 2012

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Clonmel Oil Steeplechase (Grade 2) of £45,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 4f. 1st - £29,250.00 2nd - £9,000.00 3rd - £4,500.00 4th - £1,800.00 5 Declared Hurdle/Bumper, SOft, Heavy in places. Chase: Soft Fine


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Early betting on this shows the task on for anything to upstage SIZING EUROPE. His appearance brings this two and a half miler back to the glory days of Dorans Pride, Beef Or Salmon and War Of Attrition and anything other than a win for Henry de Bromhead's stable star will be a big surprise. Tranquil Sea is attempting a hat-trick in this contest but with a rating of 156 he has quite an ask to go and match Sizing Europe (171). Magnanimity loves deep ground and after a serious injury incurred in the RSA Chase in 2011, Dessie Hughes is confident that his charge will return to his best this campaign. The signs were certainly more encouraging behind Roi Du Mee at Punchestown and he could challenge Tranquil Sea for the runner-up position. On handicap ratings Rathlin should beat Magnanimity, particularly at the weights in this, but Davy Russell prefers the latter and I'd be in agreement with him. A decent horse on his day, Let Yourself Go would cause a massive shock were he to prevail at this stage.

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A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 5-y-o 11st 4lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 5lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Penalties - Horses which have not won a steeplechase before 8th May, 2011 allowed 4lb
Riders - (to count from 1st November, 2010) Winner of three steeplechases or a Grade 3 steeplechase 3lb extra; Of two Grade 3 steeplechases or a Grade 2 steeplechase 5lb extra; Of a Grade 1 steeplechase 7lb extra

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1211Sizing Europe 10,b g 11-12

Pistolet Bleu-Jennie Dun

(1)(Ann & Alan Potts Partnership)
Rated 171

Henry De Bromhead

A E Lynch

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4152Tranquil Sea 10,b g 11-12

Sea Raven-Silver Valley

(1)(Jean & Clemmie Shipp)
Rated 156

W J Greatrex

B J Geraghty

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pp52Magnanimity 8,b g 11-10

Winged Love-Mossy Mistress

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 140

D T Hughes

D N Russell

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1243Rathlin 7,b g 11-6

Kayf Tara-Princess Timon

(1)(Masters Of The Hall 2)
Rated 147

M Hammond

B J Cooper

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p-p5Let Yourself Go 10,b g 11-5

Zaffaran-Auburn Princess

(1)(Miss Sarah Ferguson)
Rated 137

Martin Hassett

S J Hassett

Probable SP 4/9 Sizing Europe, 5/1 Tranquil Sea, 7/1 Magnanimity, 10/1 Rathlin, 14/1 Let Yourself Go.

Previous Years
2011 Tranquil Sea 9 11-12 B J Geraghty 5/4Fav (E J O'Grady)
2010 Tranquil Sea 8 11-10 Andrew J McNamara 10/11Fav (E J O'Grady)
2009 Watson Lake 11 11-10 P Carberry 13/2 (Noel Meade)
2008 Glenfinn Captain 9 11-5 B J Geraghty 5/2 (T J Taaffe)
2007 Mossbank 7 11-1 D N Russell 7/2 (Michael Hourigan)
2006 Sir Oj 9 11-10 P Carberry 11/8Fav (Noel Meade)
2005 War Of Attrition 6 11-8 C O'Dwyer 1/2Fav (M F Morris)
2004 Rathgar Beau 8 11-8 J R Barry 4/1CFav (E Sheehy)
2003 Edredon Bleu 11 11-12 J Culloty 2/1 (Miss H C Knight)
2002 Beef Or Salmon 6 10-13 P Carberry 7/2 (Michael Hourigan)
2001 Moscow Express 9 11-12 J R Barry 5/1 (Miss F M Crowley)
2000 Dorans Pride 11 12-0 P G Hourigan 4/6Fav (Michael Hourigan)
1999 Dorans Pride 10 12-0 P G Hourigan 4/5Fav (Michael Hourigan)