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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - One well-known experienced observer of the game fancied SPOT FINE when he made his chasing bow at Thurles 17 days back. His argument was that the hint should be taken when Mouse Morris gave up on the chance of landing a maiden hurdle with the six-year-old (seemed only a matter of time before he'd achieve that goal) and turned his attentions to the larger obstacles. Morris also employed Barry Geraghty for the ride at Thurles and Spot Fine put in a satisfactory performance until being brought down at the fourth last. The Everardsgrange trainer has now secured the services of Paul Townend for his Kayf Tara gelding and a big run is surely in the offing. Despite a rating of 130, Far Away So Close remains more attractive as a 'lay' rather than a 'back' and nothing has changed with the undoubtedly highly-talented on his day Aintree Festival victor. Dingaling is an interesting recruit to chasing but perhaps he'll benefit for the experience whilst winners 'between the flags,' Cherrys Son and Daring Article are two to watch with the coming weeks and months in mind. If Lord Gale or In The Well came alive in the betting they'd have the ability to reach the frame.
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A steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards that have not won a steeplechase
Weights - A steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards that have not won a steeplechase
Allowances - 4-y-o 10st 9lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 7lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Probable SP 13/8 Far Away So Close, 5/1 Daring Article, 6/1 Spot Fine, 8/1 Dingaling, Lord Gale, 10/1 Killtilane Rose, 20/1 Bruach Na Mara, In The Well, Abarta, 25/1 Mrs Henderson, Cherrys Son.
2011 Golden Sunbird 7 11-0 M N Doran 7/4 (Paul Nolan)
2010 Mr Cracker 5 11-9 D N Russell 5/2 (Michael Hourigan)
2009 Inistioge 6 11-7 A D Leigh 10/1 (Garvan Donnelly)
2008 General Wellington 6 11-7 Mr R O Harding 6/1 (C F Swan)
2007 Thedancingdemon 6 11-5 Mr C W Fennessy 14/1 (Eugene M O'Sullivan)
2006 Kings Advocate 6 11-5 Mr P D Collins 5/1 (T J Taaffe)
2005 That's An Idea 7 11-9 Mr K E Power 1/1Fav (David Wachman)