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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;
Probable SP 11/8 Mikael D'Haguenet, 11/4 Western Leader, 7/1 He'llberemembered, 16/1 Tabhachtach.
2012 Quietly Fancied 8 11-0 Mr R P Quinlan 8/1 (Oliver McKiernan)