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Sat, 23rd Feb, 2013

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At The Races Bobbyjo Steeplechase (Grade 2) of £40,000.00 5-y-o plus

3m. 1f. 1st - £26,000.00 2nd - £8,000.00 3rd - £4,000.00 4th - £1,600.00 6 Declared Soft (Heavy In Places) Overcast and cold


Formscan By Gary Carson - Quito De La Roque bounced back to form in the Kinloch Brae last time and probably appreciated the drop in grade. He may just have gotten things his own way up front then however and may have to find more to take this. Fellow Gigginstown gelding Roi Du Mee was on a roll, and was sent off favourite at Thurles, but had to play second fiddle. He could get closer now. PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE was a leading fancy for the Grand National last season until injury intervened. His prominence in the betting for Aintree last term came on the strength of an impressive performance in this event and he looks well up to this rating judged on that performance. He showed his well being when returning over hurdles at Limerick over Christmas and looks the one to beat. Seabass looked as good as ever on his return over timber at Fairyhouse and is another leading contender. He's only a couple of pounds off the others ratings wise and it wouldn't be a surprise if he had improvement in him.

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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 10st 7lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 3lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (to count from 1st February, 2011) Winner of three or more 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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b8-6Rare Bob 11,b g 11-3

Bob Back-Cut Ahead

(1)(Mrs P Griffin)
Rated 142

Patrick Griffin

B J Cooper

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-4-uOscar Time 12,b g 11-3

Oscar-Baywatch Star

(1)(Mr Robert Waley-Cohen)
Rated 142

R Waley-Cohen

Mr S Waley-Cohen

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13-2Seabass 10,b g 11-8

Turtle Island-Muscovy Duck

(1)(Gunners Syndicate)
Rated 154

T M Walsh

Ms K Walsh

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1-12Roi Du Mee 8,b g 11-8

Lavirco-British Nellerie

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 156

Gordon Elliott

D N Russell

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-11-Prince De Beauchene 10,b g 11-8

French Glory-Chipie D'angron

(1)(P W Mullins)
Rated 155

W P Mullins

P Townend

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36-1Quito De La Roque 9,b g 11-10

Saint Des Saints-Moody Cloud

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 161

C A Murphy

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37-6Bob Lingo 11,b g 11-3

Bob's Return-Pharlingo

(Tonguestrap,Hood)(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 149

Thomas Mullins

M P Walsh

Probable SP 11/8 Prince De Beauchene, 3/1 Seabass, 7/2 Quito De La Roque, 6/1 Roi Du Mee, 16/1 Bob Lingo, 20/1 Rare Bob, Oscar Time.

Previous Years
2012 Prince De Beauchene 9 11-3 P Townend 11/10Fav (W P Mullins)
2011 The Midnight Club 10 11-3 P Townend 11/10Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Vic Venturi 10 11-3 P W Flood 3/1 (D T Hughes)
2009 Black Apalachi 10 11-3 R Loughran 11/4 (D T Hughes)
2008 Afistfullofdollars 10 11-3 P Carberry 6/1 (Noel Meade)
2007 Homer Wells 9 11-3 D J Condon 9/2 (W P Mullins)
2006 Forget The Past 8 11-10 B J Geraghty 4/9Fav (M J P O'Brien)
2005 Hedgehunter 9 11-5 D J Casey 3/1 (W P Mullins)
2004 Takagi 9 11-8 D N Russell 5/1 (E J O'Grady)
2003 Rince Ri 10 11-12 P Carberry 4/6Fav (T M Walsh)
2002 Timbera 8 11-7 K A Kelly 4/1 (D T Hughes)
2001 Cregg House 6 10-11 C O'Dwyer 12/1 (S Donohoe)
2000 Change The Script 10 9-10 N Williamson 100/30 (Paul Nolan)
1999 Roundwood 10 9-12 K A Kelly 9/2 (D T Hughes)