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Woodlands Park 100 Club Nas Na Riogh Novice Steeplechase (Grade 2) of £40,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 4f. 1st - £26,000.00 2nd - £8,000.00 3rd - £4,000.00 4th - £1,600.00 6 Declared Soft To Heavy (Soft In Places) Overcast, cold


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Two weeks ago here, I was keen to take on Mikael D'Haguenet, in the Opera Hat Novice Chase, with Buckers Bridge, before that meeting fell to the weather. Anyway we have no Buckers Bridge in this line-up but I'm still keen to be against Mikael D'Haguenet and haven't we got a grand horse to take him on with in the shape of SWEENEY TUNES. People better qualified than I, may suggest that there's nothing to be worried about now when it comes to Mikael D'Haguenet's jumping, but it'll always remain a nagging doubt with me. Anyway, regardless of that, Sweeney Tunes ran some race for a novice when narrowly going down in the Leopardstown Chase around a month ago and a repeat of such form could well be good enough in my book. Talented mares, Charlie's Vic and Madam Bovary both have to bounce back from falls last time and the pair have plenty on trying to upstage these talented geldings. Ballyadam Brook's stable is in good form but he's not well treated at these weights. Whodoyouthink therefore, looks the biggest threat to Mikael D'Haguenet and Sweeney Tunes. The ground drying out a bit will do him no harm and the well-bred gelding could be primed for a big performance returning to fences for the first-time since disappointing at Tipperary in October.

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A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 5-y-o 10st 9lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 5lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - Winner of three steeplechases or a Grade 3 steeplechase 3lb extra; Of two Grade three steeplechases or a Grade 2 steeplechase 5lb extra; Of a Grade 1 steeplechase 7lb extra

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1f-1Mikael D'Haguenet 9,b g 11-5

Lavirco-Fleur D'Haguenet

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 147

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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p-40Ballyadam Brook 9,b g 11-5

Alderbrook-Luna Fleur

(1)(William Horgan)
Rated 132

Terence O'Brien

P Townend

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-13fCharlie's Vic 6,ch f 10-12

Old Vic-Scoop Thirty Nine

(1)(Mrs Christina Kelly)

Noel C Kelly

D R Fox

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13-2Sweeney Tunes 7,ch g 11-5

Karinga Bay-Nan

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 137

Paul Nolan

D N Russell

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3-1fMadam Bovary 7,b f 10-12

Old Vic-Saraemma

(1)(D Cox)
Rated 123

Mrs John Harrington

R M Power

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62-0Whodoyouthink 8,b g 11-5

Court Cave-Glen's Encore

(1)(Redgap Partnership)
Rated 140

Oliver McKiernan

M Darcy

Probable SP 5/4 Mikael D'Haguenet, 7/2 Sweeney Tunes, 4/1 Whodoyouthink, 6/1 Charlie's Vic, 12/1 Ballyadam Brook, Madam Bovary.

Previous Years
2012 Rathlin 7 11-5 D N Russell 4/5Fav (M F Morris)
2011 Roi Du Mee 6 11-5 D N Russell 6/4Fav (Gordon Elliott)
2010 Abandoned
2009 Joncol 6 11-5 P W Flood 3/1 (Paul Nolan)
2008 Thyne Again 7 11-12 D N Russell 11/4 (W J Burke)
2007 Benefit Night 7 11-8 B M Cash 12/1 (Daniel William O'Sullivan)
2006 Lordofourown 8 11-5 Andrew J McNamara 12/1 (S Donohoe)
2005 Well Presented 7 11-5 R M Power 11/10Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2004 Jim 7 11-5 B J Geraghty 7/2 (J T R Dreaper)
2003 Glens Music 10 11-0 T P Treacy 13/2 (J A O'Connell)
2002 Colonel Braxton 7 11-0 N Williamson 4/6Fav (D T Hughes)
2001 Sackville 8 11-12 D J Casey 2/9Fav (Miss F M Crowley)
2000 Alexander Banquet 7 11-9 J F Titley 9/4Fav (W P Mullins)
1999 Rince Ri 6 11-9 R Walsh 4/7Fav (T M Walsh)