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Wed, 26th Dec, 2012

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Greenmount Park Novice Steeplechase (Grade 2) of £37,500.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 3f. 120yds. 1st - £24,375.00 2nd - £7,500.00 3rd - £3,750.00 4th - £1,500.00 5 Declared Heavy Raining


Formscan By Alan Magee - MIKAEL D’HAGUENET appeared to have the jump racing world at his feet following an unbeaten novice hurdle campaign that featured wins at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals but his chasing career has been checkered to say the least. Pitched straight into Grade 1 company in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse, he took an unfortunate fall at the last that unsettled his novice campaign. As a result, connections decided to revert back to hurdling last term and that patience appears to be paying off now. His jumping has been pretty good overall in two outings this term, aside from another last fence blunder on reappearance at Punchestown. He sets a high standard here. Argocat has taken really well to fences and the youngster receives a sizeable 11lb from his four rivals, while Far Away So Close is another course and distance winner among the quintet.

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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 10st 9lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 6lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - Winner of three steeplechases or of a Grade 3 steeplechase 3lb extra; Of two Grade 3 steeplechases or of a Grade 2 steeplechase 6lb extra; Of a Grade 1 steeplechase 8lb extra;

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2412Far Away So Close 7,b g 11-6

Norwich-Ballyknock Lass

(Hood)(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 134

Paul Nolan

D N Russell

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5021Mikael D'Haguenet 8,b g 11-6

Lavirco-Fleur D'Haguenet

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 147

W P Mullins

E Mullins

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612Snooze 6,b g 11-6

Sleeping Car-Kittygale

(1)(Mrs S A Bramall)
Rated 130

John Laurence Cullen

I J McCarthy

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ps14Tillahow 5,b g 11-6

Tillerman-Ale' Ale'

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 128

M F Morris

M J Ferris

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9712Argocat 4,b g 10-9

Montjeu-Spirit Of South

(1)(Mrs Fitri Hay)
Rated 143

T J Taaffe

Andrew J McNamara

Probable SP 10/11 Mikael D'Haguenet, 3/1 Argocat, 9/2 Far Away So Close, 7/1 Snooze, Tillahow.

Previous Years
2011 Sir Des Champs 5 11-6 E Mullins 4/7Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Abandoned
2009 Dancing Tornado 8 11-5 D J Casey 10/3 (Michael Hourigan)
2008 Financial Reward 5 11-5 D J Casey 9/2 (W P Mullins)
2007 Merry Cowboy 6 11-5 S W Flanagan 16/1 (E Sheehy)
2006 One Cool Cookie 5 11-3 C O'Dwyer 5/2 (C F Swan)
2005 Baily Breeze 6 11-5 P W Flood 10/1 (M F Morris)
2004 Cane Brake 5 11-6 M D Grant 2/1Fav (David Wachman)
2003 Hi Cloy 6 11-5 T J Murphy 5/4Fav (Michael Hourigan)
2002 Intelligent 6 11-5 R M Power 9/2 (Mrs John Harrington)