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Sun, 9th Dec, 2012

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John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Steeplechase (Grade 1) of £80,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 4f. 1st - £52,000.00 2nd - £16,000.00 3rd - £8,000.00 4th - £3,200.00 3 Declared Heavy Overcast


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - I thought sure during the week that I'd be putting up Flemenstar as the tip for this, but the more you consider things the stronger SIR DES CHAMPS' claims become. This is principally in my book due to the likely strong gallop. Bog Warrior, Flemenstar and last year's winner, Rubi Light are probably all happiest forcing the issue and that could set things up well for Sir Des Champs (has stamina in abundance). Odds of nearly two to one are difficult to ignore in the case of Willie Mullins' hugely talented gelding and he is the percentage call. Flemenstar is a rare talent but he looks tight enough at around even money against this standard of opposition. Bog Warrior is likely to have his jumping severely tested and it's probably too much too soon for the brilliant at his best son of Strategic Choice. Rubi Light is a fantastic jumper but he's the least likely of the quartet to see it out fully, if the anticipated strong pace comes to pass.

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A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 11st 10lb; Mares allowed 7lb

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-154Rubi Light 7,b g 11-10

Network-Genny Lights

(1)(W Hennessy)
Rated 161

Robert Alan Hennessy

B J Geraghty

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13f1Bog Warrior 8,b g 11-10

Strategic Choice-Kilmac Princess

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 150

A J Martin

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1111Flemenstar 7,b g 11-10

Flemensfirth-Different Dee

(1)(Stephen Curran)
Rated 168

Anthony Curran

A E Lynch

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-111Sir Des Champs 6,b g 11-10

Robin Des Champs-Liste En Tete

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 162

W P Mullins

D N Russell

Probable SP 1/1 Flemenstar, 2/1 Sir Des Champs, 7/1 Bog Warrior, 15/2 Rubi Light.

Previous Years
2011 Rubi Light 6 11-10 A E Lynch 5/2JFav (Robert Alan Hennessy)
2010 Abandoned
2009 Joncol 6 11-10 A P Cawley 9/4Fav (Paul Nolan)
2008 Abandoned
2007 The Listener 8 11-10 D A Jacob 1/1Fav (R H Alner)
2006 In Compliance 6 11-12 B J Geraghty 5/1 (M J P O'Brien)
2005 Hi Cloy 8 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 7/1 (Michael Hourigan)
2004 Kicking King 6 11-12 B J Geraghty 2/1 (T J Taaffe)
2003 Beef Or Salmon 7 11-12 T J Murphy 4/5Fav (Michael Hourigan)
2002 Native Upmanship 9 11-12 C O'Dwyer 5/4Fav (A L T Moore)
2001 Florida Pearl 9 11-12 P Carberry 5/1 (W P Mullins)
2000 Native Upmanship 7 11-12 C O'Dwyer 9/10Fav (A L T Moore)