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Wed, 26th Dec, 2012

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Racing Post Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) of £85,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 1f. 1st - £55,250.00 2nd - £17,000.00 3rd - £8,500.00 4th - £3,400.00 5 Declared Yielding to Soft (soft in places) Raining


Formscan By Gary Carson - Arvika Ligeonniere was very impressive when destroying his field in the Drinmore Chase and is a serious talent. If he builds up a lead here he could prove very hard to peg back and trainer Willie Mullins is confident he should have the pace to handle this drop back in trip. He might not get it all his own way here though as OSCARS WELL is a top-class performer and Robbie Power is sure to try and keep him in his sights. He wasn't far off the best over timber, winning two Grade Ones, and looks like he could be equally as good over fences. After an impressive chase debut he had a hiccup when crashing out early at Punchestown but connections felt that was out of character and there certainly were no issues about his jumping at Navan last time when he was pin sharp. He mixed it with the best over two miles when hurdling and may just have the edge on the Willie Mullins horse, who not doubt has plenty of ability but can be a bit free. Baily Green was prolific during the summer but this is a different league. Benefficient was a shock Grade One winner over hurdles last season and is a useful sort but may just have to settle for a place in this company while Dylan Ross was well behind Oscars Well at Navan last time and is unlikely to reverse the placings.

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A novice steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards
Weights - A novice steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st 1lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb

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1/11Arvika Ligeonniere 7,b g 11-12


(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 154

W P Mullins

P Townend

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41f1Oscars Well 7,b g 11-12

Oscar-Placid Willow

(1)(Molley Malone Syndicate)
Rated 152

A J Martin

R M Power

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7212Benefficient 6,ch g 11-12

Beneficial-Supreme Breda

(1)(A Shiels/niall Reilly)
Rated 140

A J Martin

B J Cooper

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1112Baily Green 6,b g 11-12

King's Theatre-Dream On Boys

(Tonguestrap)(1)(R A Scott)
Rated 147

M F Morris

D J Casey

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f214Dylan Ross 6,b g 11-12

Shantou-Quit The Noise

(1)(No Rush Man Syndicate)
Rated 138

Noel Meade

P Carberry

Probable SP 4/5 Arvika Ligeonniere, 13/8 Oscars Well, 8/1 Benefficient, 20/1 Baily Green, Dylan Ross.

Previous Years
2011 Blackstairmountain 6 11-12 P Townend 9/2 (W P Mullins)
2010 Realt Dubh 6 11-12 P Carberry 10/1 (Noel Meade)
2009 Sizing Europe 7 11-12 A E Lynch 1/1Fav (Henry De Bromhead)
2008 Follow The Plan 5 11-12 J L Cullen 12/1 (Oliver McKiernan)
2007 Sky's The Limit 6 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 5/4Fav (E J O'Grady)
2006 Schindlers Hunt 6 11-12 R Loughran 3/1 (D T Hughes)
2005 Missed That 6 11-12 D J Casey 10/1 (W P Mullins)
2004 Mariah Rollins 6 11-7 J L Cullen 4/1 (P A Fahy)
2003 Central House 6 11-12 P Carberry 9/4Fav (D T Hughes)
2002 Le Coudray 8 11-12 B J Geraghty 8/13Fav (C Roche)
2001 Moscow Flyer 7 11-12 B J Geraghty 5/4Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2000 Knife Edge 5 11-10 T P Rudd 4/7Fav (M J P O'Brien)
1999 Native Upmanship 6 11-6 C O'Dwyer 4/1 (A L T Moore)
1998 His Song 5 11-4 J R Barry 5/2Fav (M F Morris)