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Formscan By Gary Carson - ARABELLA BOY is taken to give Enda Bolger yet another cross country winner. It's hard to get away from his horses in these races as they are trained specifically for the task. The selection got the better of Bostons Angel when the pair met here back in November and is fancied to confirm that form. The runner-up has since run well at Cheltenham when chasing home Outlaw Pete, a race in which Arabella Boy struggled before unseating. This is a different track, however, and course form is a big plus. Uncle Junior was making his move when unseating at Cheltenham in the race won by Outlaw Pete but failed to show much on his subsequent start in the Paddy Power over regular obstacles. He was sent off favourite for that Cheltenham contest having won around there the previous month and has to be a big contender if back on form now. The stable also have Shakervilz but he looks held on his run behind Arabella Boy here and he was a moderate enough sixth at Cheltenham also.
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A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards About three miles over a
Weights - A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards About three miles over a
Allowances - 5-y-o 10st 7lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 4lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (to count from 1st January, 2011) Winner of a steeplechase 7lb extra; Of two or more steeplechases 10lb extra; Riders: 1. Riders who hold a Licence under I.N.H.S. Rules 2. Riders who hold a Licence under National Hunt Rules to ride in Steeplechases issued by any Recognised Turf Authority. 3. Riders who hold a Category ''C'' Permit to ride under I.N.H.S. Rules 4. Riders who hold a Permit to ride in Steeplechases issued by any other Recognised Turf Authority.
Probable SP 11/4 Bostons Angel, 3/1 Arabella Boy, 4/1 Uncle Junior, 6/1 Love Rory, 7/1 Shakervilz, 10/1 Sizing Australia, 20/1 Paco Jack, Jacks Island, 25/1 Lord Nellerie, Moka De L'isle, Long Strand, Another Jewel, 33/1 Big Shu, 50/1 Clear Hills, 66/1 De Danu, 100/1 Dom Fontenail, Sartorious.
2012 Scotsirish 11 12-0 Mr P W Mullins 4/9Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Another Jewel 8 11-4 J L Cullen 20/1 (Denis P Murphy)
2009 L'Ami 10 11-4 Mr J T McNamara 1/2Fav (E Bolger)
2008 Garde Champetre 9 11-4 Ms N Carberry 7/1 (E Bolger)
2007 Heads Onthe Ground 10 11-4 Mr J T McNamara 3/1Fav (E Bolger)
2006 Native Jack 12 11-4 J L Cullen 5/1 (P J Rothwell)