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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - As much and all as everyone would like to see Mount Benbulben put it all together to fulfil his undoubted potential, his jumping remains a worry for me and I'll reluctantly look elsewhere for a winner. His narrow Naas conqueror, Marito should edge this according to the official assessor but we're still not fully sure about how good this fellow could be and I'll take him on for the time-being. Lord Windermere has plenty of fans at this stage. This is a tough ask for him but the course winner is much respected. TEXAS JACK drops back from Grade 1 company after contesting the Drinmore and the Topaz here at Christmas. At the likely odds, the half-brother to the decent stayer, Drumconvis, appeals to at least reach the first two. Cootamundra and One Cool Shabra would have to be considered surprise winners were they to oblige.
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A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 5-y-o 10st 8lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 5lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - Winner of three steeplechases or of 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
Probable SP 7/4 Mount Benbulben, 2/1 Marito, 5/1 Lord Windermere, 8/1 Texas Jack, 10/1 Cootamundra, 12/1 One Cool Shabra.
2012 Sir Des Champs 6 11-10 D N Russell 1/1Fav (W P Mullins)
2011 Magnanimity 7 11-5 D N Russell 9/4 (D T Hughes)
2010 Roberto Goldback 8 11-5 R M Power 5/2 (Mrs John Harrington)
2009 Merchent Paddy 8 11-5 D N Russell 2/1 (C Byrnes)