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Sun, 11th Nov, 2012

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Irish Form Book Fortria Steeplechase (Grade 2) of £37,500.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £24,375.00 2nd - £7,500.00 3rd - £3,750.00 4th - £1,500.00 5 Declared soft to heavy, heavy in places Bright, sunny and crisp


Formscan By Gary Carson - FLEMENSTAR looked a star in the making last season and although Peter Casey has warned that he may not be fully wound up for his return here his class should see him through. His only defeat came on his debut over fences last season and he carried all before him subsequently climaxing in a extremely impressive demolition job in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. He has won over two and two-and-a-half so the trip should be no problem while he definitely likes a nice cut in the ground as well. Big Zeb bids for a remarkable fourth successive victory in the race but didn't look the force of old last season and is vulnerable giving weight away here. Realt Dubh travelled well into the race but didn't get home in the Grade 1 at Down Royal last week. It's interesting connections let him take his chance again quickly while Foildubh was beaten by a smart sort in Hidden Cyclone at Naas and could set a stiff gallop here.

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A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 11st 4lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Penalties - Horses that have not won a steeplechase before 9th May, 2011 allowed . 3lb
Riders - (to count from 1st November, 2010) 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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-233Big Zeb 11,b g 11-12

Oscar-Our Siveen

(1)(Patrick Joseph Redmond)
Rated 159

C A Murphy

R M Power

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5204Realt Dubh 8,b g 11-12

Beneficial-Suez Canal

(1)(D J Sharkey)
Rated 159

Noel Meade

P Carberry

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3-p7Mr Cracker 7,ch g 11-10

Anshan-Sesame Cracker

(1)(Oceans Racing)
Rated 138

Tim Vaughan

D N Russell

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1111Flemenstar 7,b g 11-9

Flemensfirth-Different Dee

(1)(Stephen Curran)
Rated 163

Anthony Curran

A E Lynch

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1u12Foildubh 8,b g 11-1

Woods of Windsor-Bushey Glen

(1)(John Patrick Ryan)
Rated 146

John Patrick Ryan

D J Condon

Probable SP 8/11 Flemenstar, 3/1 Big Zeb, 4/1 Realt Dubh, 12/1 Foildubh, 33/1 Mr Cracker.

Previous Years
2011 Big Zeb 10 11-12 R M Power 6/5 (C A Murphy)
2010 Big Zeb 9 11-12 B J Geraghty 8/15Fav (C A Murphy)
2009 Big Zeb 8 11-12 B J Geraghty 11/10Fav (C A Murphy)
2008 Watson Lake 10 11-10 P Carberry 8/1 (Noel Meade)
2007 French Accordion 7 11-4 J L Cullen 11/8JFav (Paul Nolan)
2006 Nickname 7 11-7 N P Madden 6/1 (Martin Brassil)
2005 Central House 8 11-12 Mr R Loughran 8/1 (D T Hughes)
2004 Moscow Flyer 10 11-12 B J Geraghty 30/100Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2003 Moscow Flyer 9 12-0 B J Geraghty 30/100Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2002 Alcapone 8 12-0 B J Geraghty 11/1 (M F Morris)
2001 Micko's Dream 9 12-2 P Carberry 11/10Fav (W P Mullins)
2000 Native Upmanship 7 12-0 C O'Dwyer 5/4 (A L T Moore)
1999 Private Peace 9 10-11 B J Geraghty 9/1 (Miss F M Crowley)