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Sun, 3rd Feb, 2013

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Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Grand National Trial Handicap Steeplechase (Grade C) of £27,500.00 5-y-o plus

3m. 4f. 1st - £17,875.00 2nd - £5,500.00 3rd - £2,750.00 4th - £1,100.00 10 Declared Heavy Overcast


Formscan By Gary Carson - Vesper Bell has to give weight away all around here and may have a tough enough task. He's lightly raced and only has two runs over fences. He took his novice chase in good style here on New Year's Eve but the form is questionable as the favourite then failed to give much of a showing. He comfortably beat Carry Each Other and should probably confirm placings despite the 19lb turn around. A former Willie Mullins inmate in ARBOR SUPREME may be the one to follow. He has recaptured some of his old sparkle in recent runs and was a fine fourth in the Welsh National having won at Exeter previously. He looks on a decent mark and also has a good 5lb claimer on board which gives him a good pull at the weights with Vesper Bell. Most of these would have little hope of getting into a National but Give Us A Hand is consistent and may sneak into a place.

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An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
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Riders - Winner of a steeplechase after calculation of the handicap to carry 4lb extra for each steeplechase won.

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u-52Prince Of Leisure 13,b g 9-10


(1)(Home & Dry Syndicate)
Rated 110

D Broad

B R Dalton(5)

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41-4Arbor Supreme 11,b g 10-6

Supreme Leader-Peter's Well

(1)(Mr John P McManus)
Rated 120

Jonjo O'Neill

M J Linehan(5)

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624-Give Us A Hand 11,br g 10-3

Anshan-Desperado Dawn

(1)(Mrs Joan Berry)
Rated 117

J A Berry

P Carberry

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012/Rickardstown 10,ch g 9-10

Topanoora-Goldens Monkey

(1)(Barry T Murphy)
Rated 110

Barry T Murphy

B J Cooper

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7p5-Droim Toll 11,br g 10-0

Simply Great-Lady Meargan

(1)(Exors Of Late John C Kilroy)
Rated 114

Donal Hassett

P Townend

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1-3uMurchu 7,b g 9-13

Oscar-Bottle A Knock

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Oceans Racing)
Rated 113

Tim Vaughan

M A Enright(5)

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3-62Spot The Boss 9,gr g 9-10

Presenting-Liathmore Abbey

(Visor)(1)(Redgap Partnership)
Rated 110

Oliver McKiernan

R C Colgan

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37-3Miss Pepperpot 9,b f 10-1

Winged Love-Celtic Serf

(1)(Abbey Rose Syndicate)
Rated 115

F Flood

P T Enright

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402-Carry Each Other 7,b g 10-5

Milan-Jennys Supreme

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 119

M F Morris

A E Lynch

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221-Vesper Bell 7,b g 11-10

Beneficial-Fair Choice

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 138

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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35-2Spiker The Biker 9,b g 9-10

New Frontier-Hollies Promise

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(C Slevin)
Rated 110

Nigel Slevin

Long Handicap Prince Of Leisure 9-10, Rickardstown 9-10, Spot The Boss 9-10, Spiker The Biker 9-10.

Probable SP 5/2 Vesper Bell, 5/1 Arbor Supreme, 7/1 Spot The Boss, 8/1 Give Us A Hand, 10/1 Miss Pepperpot, Murchu, 12/1 Prince Of Leisure, Spiker The Biker, Carry Each Other, 14/1 Droim Toll, 16/1 Rickardstown.

Previous Years
2012 Portrait King 7 10-7 D J Condon 7/1 (M Phelan)
2011 Some Target 7 10-11 P Townend 9/2 (W P Mullins)
2010 Inoma James 9 9-6 C D Maxwell 16/1 (D J Barry)
2009 Forest Leaves 9 10-9 Andrew J McNamara 8/1 (E J O'Grady)
2008 Chelsea Harbour 8 11-10 D N Russell 10/1 (Thomas Mullins)
2007 Teeming Rain 8 9-11 D J Casey 5/1 (C F Swan)
2006 Kings Glen 10 10-5 P A Carberry 16/1 (Thomas Carberry)
2005 What Odds 9 10-7 B J Geraghty 9/2Fav (T K Geraghty)
2004 Coq Hardi Diamond 10 9-8 G T Hutchinson 14/1 (Noel Meade)
2003 Hedgehunter 7 9-3 S Curling 7/1 (W P Mullins)