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Formscan By Gary Carson - COMPETITIVE EDGE looks interesting here on his handicap debut over fences. He has shown enough in some good novice chases to give him a chance off this kind of mark. He won twice over hurdles and the second of those was off a rating of 115, just a pound less than he has been awarded over fences. Both wins came on testing conditions and trainer Conor O'Dwyer felt the son of Presenting would be a better horse over fences. Luke's Benefit arrives here on a hat-trick but this may be a tough ask after a hard fought victory at Punchestown last Monday. Rubert ran a cracker when chasing home Jacksonslady at Leopardstown but having been put back up to a mark of 119 now he may find a couple better handicapped. Hughies Grey is a decent sort and is slipping to a nice mark as he makes his first start for new trainer Garvan Donnelly. Another who has slipped a fair bit in ratings is his former stable-mate Quartetto, who has also switched yards and now lines out for Tom Taaffe.
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An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards rated 0-130
Weights - An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards rated 0-130
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each such steeplechase won.
Probable SP 7/2 Rubert, 4/1 Luke's Benefit, 7/1 Ros Brin, 8/1 Klepht, 10/1 Colls Corner, Quiet Thought, 12/1 Lead Kindly Light, Uncle Tom Cobley, 14/1 Competitive Edge, Quartetto, 16/1 Majestic Oak, 20/1 Hughies Grey, Beneficial Spirit.
2012 Luke's Benefit 10 10-4 D G Hogan 11/4 (Denis Gerard Hogan)
2011 Imaalhall 8 10-7 D J Condon 16/1 (F Flood)