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Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Novice Steeplechase of £22,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £14,300.00 2nd - £4,400.00 3rd - £2,200.00 4th - £880.00 7 Declared Soft To Heavy (Heavy In Places) Overcast


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

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2fp-Ballyadam Brook 9,b g 11-8

Alderbrook-Luna Fleur

(1)(William Horgan)

Terence O'Brien

R M Power

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521-Marito 7,b g 11-8


(1)(James Marley)

C A McBratney

R Walsh

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144-Tillahow 6,b g 11-8

Tillerman-Ale' Ale'

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 128

M F Morris

D N Russell

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33u-Jenari 6,b g 11-8

Milan-La Noire

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 138

Mrs John Harrington

M P Walsh

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589-Clear Hills 6,b g 11-2

Marju-Rainbows For All

(1)(Doran Bros (London) Limited)

Michael Hourigan

A P Heskin

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pf1-Beeverstown 7,ch g 11-8


(Tonguestrap)(1)(Dr R Lambe)

J H Culloty

Mr R P McNamara

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f1p-Mount Benbulben 8,b g 11-8

Beneficial-Dramatic Dame

(1)(Barry Connell)
Rated 136

Gordon Elliott

P Carberry

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.

Previous Years
2012 Flemenstar 7 11-8 A E Lynch 6/5 (Peter Casey)