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Sat, 1st Dec, 2012

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Nicky Connors - Lifetime In Racing Beginners Steeplechase of £12,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 5f. 100yds. 1st - £8,280.00 2nd - £2,040.00 3rd - £960.00 4th - £600.00 7 Declared Soft (Heavy In Places) Fine


Formscan By Donal Murphy - This looks a match between Mikael D'Haguenet and MOUNT BENBULBEN, with the Gordon Elliott trained gelding just being favoured. MOUNT BENBULBEN was coming to challenge Mikael D'Haguenet at Punchestown last time out when he fell at the third last. Mikael D'Haguenet was then set for a cosy win coming down to the last but he made a dreadful mistake and El Fontan seized the initiative to land the spoils. The duo are certainly not known for their jumping prowess but they have tonnes of ability and have shown that over smaller obstacles. The selection is a point-to-point winner and has only been tried twice over fences on the racecourse as opposed to his more experienced rival who has failed to score on six attempts. He is also the younger of the two, has a lot less mileage on the clock and is open to further improvement all factors which make me side with him.

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A steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards that have not won a steeplechase
Weights - A steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards that have not won a steeplechase
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st; 5-y-o and up 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb;

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44/5Seeability 9,b g 11-12

Bob Back-Tropical Lake

(1)(Miss Rita Shah)

Patrick O Brady

M W Bowes(5)

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p502Mikael D'Haguenet 8,b g 11-12

Lavirco-Fleur D'Haguenet

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 147

W P Mullins

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4-84Whats On The Menu 8,ch g 11-12

Anshan-Leading Dream

(1)(Mrs Joan Berry)
Rated 112

J A Berry

R M Moran

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6f94Paddy The Stout 7,b g 11-12

Oscar Schindler-Misty Silks

(1)(John Finch & Mareilder Racing Part 1)

P Henderson

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8575As De Pique 7,b g 11-12

Woods of Windsor-Casheral

(1)(Pique Syndicate Partnership)

Gavin Patrick Cromwell

R C Colgan

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-13uKnockgraffon King 7,ch g 11-12

Beneficial-Kilternan Gale

(1)(Hollyville Partnership)

Donald McCain

P Carberry

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-73fMount Benbulben 7,b g 11-12

Beneficial-Dramatic Dame

(1)(Barry Connell)

Gordon Elliott

D J Condon

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213Panther Claw 6,gr g 11-12

Old Vic-Rose Of Inchiquin

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)

Paul Nolan

D N Russell

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42u3Mackeys Forge 8,b g 11-12

Mr Combustible-Lucy Walters

(1)(The Gaudere Syndicate)
Rated 119

Hugo Froud

R Loughran

Probable SP 5/4 Mikael D'Haguenet, 15/8 Mount Benbulben, 6/1 Knockgraffon King, 8/1 Mackeys Forge, 12/1 Panther Claw, 20/1 Whats On The Menu, 33/1 Seeability, 50/1 As De Pique, Paddy The Stout.

Previous Years
2011 Sir Des Champs 5 11-12 D N Russell 2/7Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Abandoned
2009 East Beach 7 11-12 K T Coleman 25/1 (Terence O'Brien)
2008 Bridge Run 7 11-7 E Mullins 16/1 (Noel Meade)
2007 Notable D'Estruval 6 11-12 P A Carberry 12/1 (A L T Moore)
2006 Sir Frederick 6 11-12 D N Russell 11/2 (W J Burke)
2005 Tigerlion 7 11-9 M Darcy 7/1 (J Bleahen)
2004 Leading The Way 7 11-12 G Cotter 25/1 (Oliver McKiernan)
2003 Central House 6 11-7 Mr R Loughran 4/6Fav (D T Hughes)
2002 One Night Out 6 11-12 J R Barry 5/1 (W P Mullins)
2001 Topacio 5 11-12 G Cotter 10/1 (P Hughes)
2000 Malabar 7 12-0 Mr P Fenton 3/1JFav (E J O'Grady)
1999 Tory Bush 7 12-0 J F Titley 13/2 (T M Walsh)