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Sat, 9th Feb, 2013

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Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 1) of £160,000.00 5-y-o plus

3m. 1st - £92,000.00 2nd - £32,000.00 3rd - £16,000.00 4th - £6,400.00 5th - £4,800.00 6th - £2,400.00 7th - £2,400.00 8th - £2,400.00 4 Declared Hdle/Bmp: Soft, yielding in places Chase: Soft to heavy, heavy in places Fine


Formscan By Gary Carson - A fascinating rematch on the cards here between FLEMENSTAR and Sir Des Champs. There was only one winner turning for home in the Lexus as Peter Casey's star cruised into the lead. It's a long way home from the final fence here as we have seen many times in the past and given the chance to ride the race again Andrew Lynch may have delayed his run a touch. It would be wrong to say he didn't get the trip and connections are sure to have learned plenty from the run. Sir Des Champs didn't look happy for much of that race but he stayed at it gamely and was right on top of them at the finish. The tactics here look set to prove pivotal as there is no doubt Willie Mullins charge will want a real test of stamina. Bog Warrior, who carries the same Gigginstown colours, could be the one to set a strong pace. He has really bounced back to his best over timber this season and is an interesting contender back over fences. There is no doubt he is a class act but he still has to prove himself at this level over the larger obstacles and Davy Russell has even questioned how well he would jump at the top level under pressure. Last year's winner Quel Esprit makes his seasonal debut and may just have to settle for minor honours in a stronger looking renewal this term.

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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 13lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 10lb; Mares allowed 7lb

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11-1Bog Warrior 9,b g 11-10

Strategic Choice-Kilmac Princess

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 150

A J Martin

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113-Flemenstar 8,b g 11-10

Flemensfirth-Different Dee

(1)(Stephen Curran)
Rated 171

Anthony Curran

A E Lynch

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52-3Joncol 10,b g 11-10

Bob's Return-Finemar Lady

(1)(Mrs K Browne)
Rated 150

Paul Nolan

R M Power

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130-Quel Esprit 9,gr g 11-10

Saint Des Saints-Jeune D'esprit

(1)(Mrs J M Mullins)
Rated 158

W P Mullins

P Townend

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124-Sir Des Champs 7,b g 11-10

Robin Des Champs-Liste En Tete

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 166

W P Mullins

D N Russell

Probable SP 11/10 Flemenstar, 5/4 Sir Des Champs, 8/1 Bog Warrior, 10/1 Quel Esprit, 33/1 Joncol.

Previous Years
2012 Quel Esprit 8 11-10 R Walsh 5/4Fav (W P Mullins)
2011 Kempes 8 11-10 D J Casey 5/1 (W P Mullins)
2010 Joncol 7 11-10 A P Cawley 9/4Fav (Paul Nolan)
2009 Neptune Collonges 8 11-10 R Walsh 8/13Fav (Paul Nicholls)
2008 The Listener 9 11-10 D A Jacob 2/1Fav (R H Alner)
2007 Beef Or Salmon 11 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 11/4 (Michael Hourigan)
2006 Beef Or Salmon 10 11-12 P Carberry 2/5Fav (Michael Hourigan)
2005 Rule Supreme 9 11-12 D J Casey 11/2 (W P Mullins)
2004 Florida Pearl 12 11-12 R Johnson 5/1 (W P Mullins)
2003 Beef Or Salmon 7 12-0 T J Murphy 1/1Fav (Michael Hourigan)
2002 Alexander Banquet 9 12-0 B J Geraghty 3/1 (W P Mullins)
2001 Florida Pearl 9 12-0 R Johnson 5/4Fav (W P Mullins)
2000 Florida Pearl 8 12-0 P Carberry 8/11Fav (W P Mullins)
1999 Florida Pearl 7 12-0 R Dunwoody 8/15Fav (W P Mullins)