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Sun, 23rd Dec, 2012

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Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-116) of £10,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 2f. 1st - £8,625.00 2nd - £2,125.00 3rd - £1,000.00 4th - £625.00 9 Declared Hurdle/Bumper: Heavy, Soft to Heavy in places. Chase: Heavy Overcast


Formscan By Gary Carson - ERRITT LAKE may be worth a shot here having slipped to an attractive looking mark over fences. He won his novice chase over course and distance and switches back to the bigger obstacles now having had a couple of runs over hurdles during the summer. Dessie Hughes has his string in fine order and on some of his best form this gelding looks well treated off this kind of rating. Noras Fancy makes her handicap debut over fences and looks on a nice mark compared to her hurdle rating. She also ran well here over this trip on her penultimate outing so has to be given strong consideration. Reality Dose has been running well since his return, including a fine third-placed effort over course and distance on his comeback. The handicapper hasn't been harsh on him and he should be thereabouts again. Similar comments could be applied to Rakamasi and he also looks to have place prospects.

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An extended handicap steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards rated 0-116
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Riders - Winner of a steeplechase after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each such steeplechase won.

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3786Colls Corner 9,ch g 11-12

Beneficial-Pandoras Hope

(Blinkers)(1)(Michael Barry)
Rated 116

Michael Barry

R J Jones

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u495Daring Article 6,b g 11-10

Definite Article-Daring Hen

(1)(More Blues Syndicate)
Rated 114

Robert Tyner

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6427Lord Lir 6,b g 11-10

Oscar Schindler-Milford Woman

(1)(Two Gents & An Orange Bloke Racing)
Rated 114

Tim Vaughan

M J Bolger

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3538Noras Fancy 6,b m 11-10

Brian Boru-Verney Bird

(Tonguestrap,Visor)(1)(Michael Dixon)
Rated 114

James Joseph Mangan

D E Splaine(4)

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7-59Erritt Lake 9,b g 11-8

Bob Back-Bramdean

(1)(D T Hughes)
Rated 112

D T Hughes

M A Enright(2)

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f-80Quiet Thought 6,b f 11-7

Bob Back-Twinkle Sunset

(1)(Lansdowne Partnership)
Rated 111

E J O'Grady

S J Hassett

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0879Sword Fish 6,b g 11-2

Sadler's Wells-Lyrical

(Blinkers)(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 106

C Roche

J S McGarvey(4)

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3p7pHold Em Cowboy 8,b g 10-3

Moscow Society-One To Two

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Mr T D Howley Jnr)
Rated 93

Gordon Elliott

A F O'Neill(4)

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50f0Ta Blazes 7,b f 10-0

Mr Combustible-Tasari

(1)(J J Leckey)
Rated 90

P J Rothwell

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/343Reality Dose 8,b g 9-11

Quws-Ballylime Again

(1)(Exors Of The Late F W Doyle)
Rated 87

Miss Elizabeth Doyle

K C Sexton(4)

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8343Rakamasi 12,b g 9-10

Rakaposhi King-Anamasi

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(Red Gate Syndicate)
Rated 86

Michael McElhone

H D Dunne(4)

Long Handicap Rakamasi 9-10.

Probable SP 3/1 Noras Fancy, 5/1 Reality Dose, 6/1 Rakamasi, Erritt Lake, 8/1 Colls Corner, 10/1 Sword Fish, 12/1 Daring Article, Hold Em Cowboy, 14/1 Lord Lir, 16/1 Ta Blazes, Quiet Thought.

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