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Thu, 27th Dec, 2012

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Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Steeplechase (Grade 1) of £100,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 1f. 1st - £65,000.00 2nd - £20,000.00 3rd - £10,000.00 4th - £4,000.00 5 Declared Soft Fine


Formscan By Michael Graham - SIZING EUROPE should readily account for his rivals in this Grade 1 feature. Henry de Bromhead’s star has impressed on his two outings this season when winning comfortably at Gowran Park and Clonmel by wide margins. With trip and ground in his favour he looks a cut above his opponents and should stamp his authority on the way to Cheltenham. Forpadydeplasterer snapped a long losing streak going back to the Arkle in 2009 when scoring in a three mile chase at Thurles last month. He clearly retains ability but this trip looks a bit sharp for the 10-year-old. Rubi Light disappointed when trailing in behind Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs in the John Durkan at Punchestown. You would want to see him in better form before parting with the hard earned. Colm Murphy’s remarkable 11-year-old Big Zeb, beaten seven lengths by Flemenstar in the Fortria at Navan, could run into a place today.

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A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb

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2332Big Zeb 11,b g 11-12

Oscar-Our Siveen

(1)(Patrick Joseph Redmond)
Rated 159

C A Murphy

R M Power

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2111Sizing Europe 10,b g 11-12

Pistolet Bleu-Jennie Dun

(1)(Ann & Alan Potts Partnership)
Rated 171

Henry De Bromhead

A E Lynch

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25p1Forpadydeplasterer 10,b g 11-12

Moscow Society-Run Artiste

(1)(Goat Racing Syndicate)
Rated 150

Thomas Cooper

B J Cooper

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1622Edgardo Sol 5,ch g 11-12

Kapgarde-Tikiti Dancer

(1)(Axom XXXII)
Rated 150

Miss E Lavelle

A P McCoy

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1543Rubi Light 7,b g 11-12

Network-Genny Lights

(1)(W Hennessy)
Rated 158

Robert Alan Hennessy

D N Russell

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1234Foildubh 8,b g 11-12

Woods of Windsor-Bushey Glen

(1)(John Patrick Ryan)
Rated 146

John Patrick Ryan

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3113Blazing Tempo 8,b f 11-5

Accordion-Leading Duke

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 151

W P Mullins

P Townend

Probable SP 1/2 Sizing Europe, 5/1 Rubi Light, 8/1 Edgardo Sol, 10/1 Big Zeb, Blazing Tempo, 14/1 Forpadydeplasterer, 20/1 Foildubh.

Previous Years
2011 Big Zeb 10 11-12 R M Power 8/11Fav (C A Murphy)
2010 Big Zeb 9 11-12 B J Geraghty 1/1Fav (C A Murphy)
2009 Golden Silver 7 11-12 P Townend 5/2 (W P Mullins)
2008 Big Zeb 7 11-12 M M O'Connor 5/1 (C A Murphy)
2007 Mansony 8 11-12 D N Russell 2/1JFav (A L T Moore)
2006 Nickname 7 11-12 N P Madden 5/2 (Martin Brassil)
2005 Hi Cloy 8 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 8/1 (Michael Hourigan)
2004 Central House 7 11-12 P Carberry 9/2 (D T Hughes)
2003 Moscow Flyer 9 11-12 B J Geraghty 2/7Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2002 Moscow Flyer 8 11-12 B J Geraghty 4/9Fav (Mrs John Harrington)