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