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Tue, 1st Jan, 2013

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Fairyhouse Members Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-123) of £14,500.00 5-y-o plus

3m. 1f. 1st - £10,005.00 2nd - £2,465.00 3rd - £1,160.00 4th - £725.00 11 Declared Heavy Fine


Formscan By Michael Graham - A tricky contest with the main protagonists mixing winning and being pulled up. Highdownhill is a case in point with two wins and two Ps beside his name in his last four races. There's no doubt he has the talent to win this, but I don't like advising horses that were pulled up last time. MURCHU looks the best bet. Three miles one on heavy ground round Fairyhouse will take some getting. The fact that he clearly relished three miles five here when winning a Grade C at the start of December is very reassuring. His trainer Shark Hanlon was quoted afterwards as saying "he stays all day". He looks a good each way bet to nothing as he should be in the first three. Tarquinius was pulled up in the race Murchu won, but then secured a nice win at Leopardstown. He rates the main danger.

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An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards rated 0-123
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-0u5Telenor 10,ch g 11-12

Bob Back-Ardent Love

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(Sharon Byrne)
Rated 123

Barry Potts

K M Donoghue(3)

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p11pHighdownhill 8,b g 11-2


(1)(Nile O'Rourke)
Rated 113

Niall Madden

N P Madden

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1391Murchu 7,b g 11-2

Oscar-Bottle A Knock

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Oceans Racing)
Rated 113

Tim Vaughan

Andrew J McNamara

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21p1Tarquinius 10,gr g 11-2

Turgeon-Shannon Bells

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(The Stars & Diamonds Racing Partnershi)
Rated 113

Miss K Frisby

Mr D J O'Leary(7)

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5160Karinga Queen 9,ch m 10-8

Karinga Bay-Ceolbridgequeen

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Vincent Holton)
Rated 105

Gordon Elliott

P Carberry

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u483Spot The Boss 9,gr g 10-8

Presenting-Liathmore Abbey

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Redgap Partnership)
Rated 105

Oliver McKiernan

R C Colgan

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8796Sword Fish 7,b g 10-8

Sadler's Wells-Lyrical

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 105

C Roche

A P Crowe

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5650Doctor Deejay 7,b g 10-5

Hawk Wing-Scenaria

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Miss Tracy M Reilly)
Rated 102

Miss Tracy M Reilly

T C Carroll(5)

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13fpAmber Knight 10,ch g 9-12

Rudimentary-Tudor Style

(1)(W Deacon)
Rated 95

D Deacon

B R Dalton(5)

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700pCurrent Resession 8,b g 9-12

Jimble-Victoria Theatre

(Blinkers)(1)(Mrs J Lambert)
Rated 95

P J Rothwell

A D Leigh

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1p06Shellys Creek 7,b f 9-11


(Cheekpiece)(1)(Matthew Farrell)
Rated 94

F Flood

P T Enright

Probable SP 3/1 Tarquinius, 5/1 Murchu, Highdownhill, Spot The Boss, 7/1 Sword Fish, 10/1 Shellys Creek, 12/1 Karinga Queen, 14/1 Amber Knight, Current Resession, 16/1 Doctor Deejay, 20/1 Telenor.

Previous Years
2012 In Great Form 7 10-12 M P Walsh 5/1 (F Flood)