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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - I put a ring around nine names when having a look at this last week and five of them remain in the final field, namely Bishopsfurze, Son Amix, Sole Witness, The Westener Boy and TOON RIVER. Firstly, seeing as Bishopsfurze is locally owned and trained, this likely has been in mind for some time. Can he concede weight all round though – it's a tough ask and he hardly represents much in the way of value from a betting point of view. Son Amix had been touted by some good judges for the Paddy Power, and after being forced to miss that big-money Christmas event, the grey comes here with a solid chance. I certainly wouldn't put anyone off investing in this fellow each-way. The Westener Boy, like Son Amix, makes his handicap bow now and he has a massive chance with Tony McCoy in the plate. It'll be mightily interesting to see how he goes in the betting. Sole Witness was good at Navan last time and he'll justifiably have plenty of followers with local lad Ben Dalton in the plate. Wily old fox, David Casey is no stranger to winning this south eastern highlight with successes on On His Own, Hedgehunter and This Is Serious already under his belt and the County Waterford native could make his presence felt in his neighbouring county again, aboard Toon River. Plenty of horses have triumphed in this exciting spectacle in the past, that had shown a liking for Gowran before that, and Toon River certainly has that string to his bow. In two visits here he's won a maiden hurdle and finished second to the very classy Aupcharlie. The prominent racer can give his backers – at fancy odds – a good run for their money.
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An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase or steeplechases after calculation of the handicap shall carry any penalty or penalties which may be allotted by the Handicapper. Alternative Handicap
Long Handicap Boland's Corner 10-5, Saoirse Dun 10-5.
Probable SP 5/1 Bishopsfurze, 8/1 Glenquest, Outlaw Pete, Tullintain, 9/1 Panther Claw, 10/1 Sole Witness, The Westener Boy, 14/1 Tarquinius, Son Amix, Murchu, In Great Form, 16/1 Come To The Party, 20/1 Toon River, Jadanli, Ros Brin, Sumkindasuprstar, Medical Card, 25/1 Others.
2012 On His Own 8 10-2 D J Casey 10/1 (W P Mullins)
2011 Siegemaster 10 11-7 D N Russell 16/1 (D T Hughes)
2010 Whinstone Boy 9 9-11 S W Flanagan 5/1 (James Joseph Mangan)
2009 Preists Leap 9 10-10 P T Enright 20/1 (Thomas Gerard O'Leary)
2008 Preists Leap 8 10-2 P T Enright 20/1 (Thomas Gerard O'Leary)
2007 Homer Wells 9 10-2 D J Condon 16/1 (W P Mullins)
2006 Dun Doire 7 9-10 P Carberry 9/4Fav (A J Martin)
2005 Numbersixvalverde 9 10-5 Mr N P Madden 8/1 (Martin Brassil)
2004 Hedgehunter 8 10-2 D J Casey 100/30Fav (W P Mullins)
2003 Be My Belle 7 10-0 T J Murphy 4/1 (S J Treacy)
2002 This Is Serious 8 10-0 D J Casey 10/1 (C F Swan)
2001 Bob Treacy 12 10-8 J L Cullen 12/1 (M W Hickey)