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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Eleven years ago to the day, NEAR PERFECTION'S dam, Instant Queen made a winning racecourse debut here at Limerick, with John Thomas McNamara up. The five-time winning champion point-to-point jockey and top man in the senior ranks for the past four campaigns, is still a rider to be reckoned with and he has a huge chance in this on Near Perfection. After winning three 'points,' J P McManus purchased the Oscar seven-year-old from Mark Molloy. Reported to be in need of the run when starting out for current connections at Lisronagh a few weeks back, Some Present's last fence departure left Near Perfection in command to beat Whitty's Choice. Make no mistake, Mark Molloy isn't prone to unduly talking-up his horses – he always said Near Perfection was a good one – so I for one will be disappointed if he can't beat these. Goonyella has to be respected given his connections but I'd prefer to side with the older Near Perfection. There's no doubt that Goonyella is progressive but he'll need more to score here. On his best, Clount's Native would come into it and he's equipped with cheek-pieces. Johnnyofcourse definitely has the form to challenge for a place in the frame and a similar comment applies to Nevskij.
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A steeplechase for Certified Hunters five yrs old and upwards that have not won a *race and that have between 1st January, 2010 and 18th December, 2012 been placed either first, second, third or fourth in a Point-To-Point Steeplechase in Ireland or second, third or fourth in a Certified Hunters Steeplechase
Weights - A steeplechase for Certified Hunters five yrs old and upwards that have not won a *race and that have between 1st January, 2010 and 18th December, 2012 been placed either first, second, third or fourth in a Point-To-Point Steeplechase in Ireland or second, third or fourth in a Certified Hunters Steeplechase
Allowances - 12st; Mares allowed 7lb
Probable SP 5/2 Johnnyofcourse, 3/1 Near Perfection, 6/1 Goonyella, 7/1 Gale Force Oscar, 8/1 Nevskij, 10/1 Mister Philson, Pocketfullapennies, 16/1 Clount's Native, Back Door Approach, 20/1 Lanespark, Castleview Mills, 25/1 Unanswered, Thetalkinsover, 33/1 Spin Box, Survival, 50/1 Others.
2011 Count Salazar 6 11-7 Mr P D Collins 7/2Fav (Eoin Doyle)
2010 Whatnow Whatnext 5 11-9 Mr C Motherway 5/1 (Robert Tyner)
2009 Tullintain 6 12-0 Mr D O'Connor 13/2 (Robert Tyner)
2008 Twice The Craic 6 12-0 Mr D O'Connor 6/1 (William P Murphy)
2007 Yer Grand 5 11-9 Mr D Roche 16/1 (Henry De Bromhead)
2006 Bobbawn 6 11-9 Mr D Murphy 5/1 (James Joseph Mangan)
2005 Ballistraw 6 11-9 Mr C J Sweeney 2/1Fav (M W Hickey)
2004 Good Step 6 12-0 Mr J T McNamara 7/2 (E Bolger)
2003 Foxey Dove 6 11-9 Mr D O'Connor 8/1 (W J Burke)