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Formscan By Gary Carson - Mount Benbulben hasn't convinced with his jumping since going over the larger obstacles and is hard to fancy after a bad blunder forced him to pull up in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown over Christmas. Jenari, who also failed to complete in the Topaz Novice Chase when unseating, has been well held by a couple of decent sorts and looks just short of the top level. He's still a decent sort, however, and sets a good standard off a mark of 138. The German-bred MARITO made a big impression on his chasing bow at Thurles and the second has franked that form since. The seven-year-old had some smart form on the level and over hurdles in Germany and France and looks like he could be a really smart recruit to chasing. He faces tougher opposition now but is fancied to take the step up. Beeverstown beat a smart hurdler in Turban when scoring at Limerick and looks a better horse over fences. This is a tougher assignment now and it will be interesting to see how he fares.
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A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards which are E.B.F. eligible and have not won more than two steeplechases
Weights - A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards which are E.B.F. eligible and have not won more than two steeplechases
Allowances - 5-y-o 10st 7lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 2lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase 6lb extra; Of two steeplechases or one value E12,500 10lb extra
Probable SP 9/4 Marito, 3/1 Jenari, 9/2 Mount Benbulben, 5/1 Ballyadam Brook, 6/1 Beeverstown, 8/1 Tillahow, 50/1 Clear Hills.
2012 Flemenstar 7 11-8 A E Lynch 6/5 (Peter Casey)