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Thu, 17th Jan, 2013

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W.T. O'Grady Memorial European Breeders Fund Novice Steeplechase of £17,500.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 4f. 1st - £12,075.00 2nd - £2,975.00 3rd - £1,400.00 4th - £875.00 4 Declared Hurdle: Heavy. Chase: Soft To Heavy, Heavy in places Fine

 

Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Ruby Walsh has only ridden MIKAEL D'HAGUENET twice over fences – when coming down in the 2011 RSA Chase and when below par after that in the Powers Gold Cup. Basically it'll be a surprise if the French-bred has any problems in the jumping department over these obstacles, with Walsh up, and if he gets round he should beat these rivals. Anyone that read Aisling Crowe's piece in last weekend's Sunday Independent will be in no doubt about the magnitude of the achievement in having Western Leader back racing. He cheated death at Aintree in 2010 and it was something else to see him back in the number one berth at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day. He'll likely give Mikael D'Haguenet most to do. He'llberemembered is a decent horse in his own right but it'd be a surprise if he were to prove up to the task here. Tabhachtach needs luck to come out on top against this class of opponent.

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A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards which are E.B.F. eligible and have not won more than one steeplechase
Weights - A novice steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards which are E.B.F. eligible and have not won more than one steeplechase
Allowances - 5-y-o 10st 8lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 5lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase 7lb extra;

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21-5He'llberemembered 10,ch g 11-12

Blue Ocean-Remember Rob

(1)(Mrs Mary Lett)
Rated 132

P G Fahey

S E Butler(7)


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21f-Mikael D'Haguenet 9,b g 11-12

Lavirco-Fleur D'Haguenet

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 147

W P Mullins

R Walsh


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51f-Tabhachtach 6,b g 11-12

Quws-Erin Anam Cara

(1)(Michelle Ryan)
Rated 115

S Slevin

A E Lynch


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30-1Western Leader 9,b g 11-12

Stowaway-Western Whisper

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Barry Connell)

John Joseph Hanlon

Andrew J McNamara


Probable SP 11/8 Mikael D'Haguenet, 11/4 Western Leader, 7/1 He'llberemembered, 16/1 Tabhachtach.

Previous Years
2012 Quietly Fancied 8 11-0 Mr R P Quinlan 8/1 (Oliver McKiernan)