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Down Royal

Wed, 26th Dec, 2012

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Adam & Ann Armstrong Memorial Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-95) of £8,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 4f. 1st - £5,520.00 2nd - £1,360.00 3rd - £640.00 4th - £400.00 11 Declared Heavy Overcast and cold


Formscan By Gary Carson - WHISKEY AND RED comes here seeking a hat-trick following his success at Thurles on Sunday and connections can be rewarded for their forethought in entering him here before that success. He defied a 12lb rise for his previous success at the Tipperary course when winning and looks capable of going in again here off a penalty if that has left no lasting marks. He is by far the form horse in this contest. Nivek's Dream ran a nice enough race on his return at Thurles last month and may have been closer but for being hampered three out. He could be the one to give the selection most to do. Take A Shot has been slipping down the handicap and may be capable of better dropped in grade now. Dunroe Boy is capable at his best but his form seems to have tailed off a bit while Hu Ha Jo didn't run too bad over hurdles at Clonmel earlier this month and could get involved for placings in this company.

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An extended handicap steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards rated 0-95
Weights - An extended handicap steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards rated 0-95
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each such steeplechase won.

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89b5Take A Shot 8,b g 11-12

Old Vic-Mandyslady

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 95

F Flood

J S McGarvey(7)

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7-00Knocklayde Euro 8,b g 11-11

Beneficial-Eurolink Sea Baby

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Colm McHenry)
Rated 94

Gordon Elliott

D J Condon

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0455Spiker The Biker 8,b g 11-11

New Frontier-Hollies Promise

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(Camillus Slevin)
Rated 94

Ms Frances Slevin

Mr N T Slevin(7)

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3331Whiskey And Red 7,b g 12-3

Craigsteel-Old Line

(Tonguestrap)(1)(P K Racing Syndicate)
Rated 94

Colin Bowe

Mr B O'Neill(5)

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8006Nivek's Dream 9,b g 11-10

Kadeed-Brisbuck Lady

(1)(Paleface Sioux Syndicate)
Rated 93

Patrick Martin

M A Enright(5)

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46p5Micks Benefit 7,b g 11-8

Beneficial-Bright Moonbeam

(1)(Liam Lennon)
Rated 91

Liam Lennon

M Darcy

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6866Wild Salmon 8,b g 11-8

Kotashaan-Royal Well

(1)(Mrs Marian Cash)
Rated 91

William P Murphy

B M Cash

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8986Ce Mhead 6,b g 11-5

Witness Box-Country Project

(1)(Mrs S Neville)
Rated 88

Seamus Neville

A P Thornton

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2499Dunroe Boy 7,b g 11-5

Catcher In The Rye-Moon River

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(Thomas Connolly)
Rated 88

Thomas Coyle

T C Carroll(5)

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1p95Hu Ha Jo 10,b g 11-3


(1)(Myles O'Brien)
Rated 86

D J Barry

T P Treacy

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0009Popaflora 6,gr g 10-8


(Cheekpiece)(1)(The Punchestown Syndicate)
Rated 77

Dan Skelton

B R Dalton(5)

Probable SP 6/4 Whiskey And Red, 5/1 Nivek's Dream, 8/1 Spiker The Biker, Take A Shot, 10/1 Dunroe Boy, 12/1 Wild Salmon, 14/1 Hu Ha Jo, Knocklayde Euro, 20/1 Micks Benefit, Ce Mhead, Popaflora.

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2008 Selection Box 7 11-7 S J Gray 10/3Fav (C A McBratney)
2007 Chill Out 9 10-9 Mr C Motherway 10/1 (Miss S Barkley)
2006 Rossdee Lad 8 10-5 R J Molloy 9/1 (J P Dempsey)
2005 Prominent Feature 5 11-5 L J Fleming 8/1 (S J Mahon)
2004 Ichi Cavalo 7 9-12 R J Molloy 7/4Fav (Niall Madden)
2003 Some Trainer 7 10-6 R C Colgan 4/1 (J G Cromwell)
2002 Francoskid 10 10-7 Mr M J O'Hare 20/1 (Liam Lennon)
2002 Western View 10 10-11 B M Cash 14/1 (Cecil Ross)