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Thu, 22nd Nov, 2012

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Ken Whelan Hangs Up His Boots Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-109) of £10,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 6f. 1st - £8,280.00 2nd - £2,040.00 3rd - £960.00 4th - £600.00 24 Declared Soft To Heavy (H'dle/bumper C'rse), Heavy (S'chase C'rse)


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Of course you'd like to see him prove strong in the betting and if that's the case SENSATIONAL SEMA is the one here. Connections of this fellow have had to be patient and he eventually made his seasonal bow at Punchestown at the end of last month. In my book it was somewhat surprising that he headed the market that day but Ruby Walsh's presence in the plate may have contributed to that. For anyone that backed him into 100/30 favouritism, the effort of the Witness Box gelding to be third then, may have been underwhelming, but for anyone waiting to back him another day, the performance to be close up behind the winner, Mr Goodenough, was more than satisfactory. A point-to-point and a hurdle winner in his time, Sensational Sema has a grand pedigree and it seems a matter of when, and not if, he begins a winning run over the larger obstacles. Saigheada Beaga (from a good family) is an interesting handicap first-timer and the dual point-to-point winner would enter the equation if the betting gives positive signals. As the only last time out winner in the field, Saoirse Dun is entitled to a degree of respect too. If first reserve, Big Jemmy were to get a run, he'd have a chance, though connections have always maintained that he wants better ground.

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An extended handicap steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards rated 0-109
Weights - An extended handicap steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards rated 0-109
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase after calculation of the handicap to carry 4lb extra for each such steeplechase won.

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-064Valley Of Thrushes 11,gr g 10-13

Arzanni-My Deep Fort VII

(1)(Mrs P Corcoran)
Rated 95

V T O'Brien

B J Geraghty

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760fThe Shoe Doctor 5,b g 10-6

Gamut-Sarahs Music

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 89

C F Swan

D J Casey

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u880Borolee 9,b g 11-0


(1)(Mr Ferdy Murphy)
Rated 96

Ferdy Murphy

D J Bates(5)

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9pu5Jolily 10,b g 11-11

Supreme Leader-Cuilin Bui

(1)(Seamus Lanigan)
Rated 107

Timothy Doyle

M P Burke(7)

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9824Annacarton 8,b g 11-9


(1)(Mary Mangan)
Rated 105

James Joseph Mangan

Miss J M Mangan(7)

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4828King Of Ardcarne 9,b g 11-10

Alderbrook-Fabulous Evening

(1)(Miss E Butler)
Rated 106

Michael Butler

D R Fox(7)

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pu48Spot The Boss 8,gr g 11-6

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(1)(Redgap Partnership)
Rated 102

Oliver McKiernan

M Darcy

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313fAmber Knight 9,ch g 10-13

Rudimentary-Tudor Style

(1)(W Deacon)
Rated 95

D Deacon

K T Coleman

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60-8Saigheada Beaga 9,b g 10-11

Beneficial-Railstown Cheeky

(1)(Mrs M Trueman)
Rated 93

C Down

D J Condon

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p454Ponmeword 8,br g 10-10

Alderbrook-Miracle Lady

(1)(Jolly Up Syndicate)
Rated 92

E McNamara

R M Power

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Witness Box-Shuil Ar Spraoi

(1)(Pats Bar Syndicate)
Rated 97

A J Martin

R Walsh

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871pShellys Creek 6,b f 11-0


(1)(Matthew Farrell)
Rated 96

F Flood

P D Kennedy(5)

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2pf-Flying Windsor 8,b m 10-7

Flying Legend-Good Thyne Jenny

(1)(Podge Syndicate)
Rated 89

W J Lanigan

M J Ferris

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4f50Code Dancer 7,b m 10-3


(1)(O'Gorman Partnership)
Rated 85

Patrick Carey

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6401Saoirse Dun 6,b g 10-13

Flemensfirth-Dorrha Rose

(1)(TMSC Partnership)
Rated 95

P J Rothwell

B T O'Connell

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9753Mattara 6,b g 10-13

Carroll House-Duneavey

(1)(Derek Pugh)
Rated 95

Derek Pugh

B J Cooper

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0576High Way Hunter 6,b f 11-6

Dushyantor-Boro Vale

(1)(Ms Teresa P Healy)
Rated 102

Colin Bowe

Andrew J McNamara

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3508Offside Rule 6,b f 10-13

King's Theatre-Better Back Off

(1)(Stephen Lanigan-O'Keeffe)
Rated 95

Michael Cullen

N P Madden

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255pUnder The Spell 7,ch f 10-7

Carroll House-Lottoleader

(1)(M McDonagh)
Rated 89

M McDonagh

A E Lynch

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b000Popaflora 6,gr g 10-3


(1)(The Punchestown Syndicate)
Rated 85

Dan Skelton

A Ring(7)

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13p2Big Jemmy 10,ch g 10-6

Oscar Schindler-If You Say Yes

(1)(Mrs Ann McCabe)
Rated 88

John J Walsh

Probable SP 7/2 Sensational Sema, 4/1 Saoirse Dun, 13/2 Annacarton, 10/1 The Shoe Doctor, Jolily, Amber Knight, 12/1 Ponmeword, 14/1 Spot The Boss, King Of Ardcarne, Valley Of Thrushes, Under The Spell, Offside Rule, 16/1 Mattara, High Way Hunter, Shellys Creek, 20/1 Saigheada Beaga, Flying Windsor, 25/1 Others.

Previous Years
2011 Miss Pepperpot 7 11-6 B T O'Connell 7/2 (F Flood)
2010 Indifference Curve 8 11-7 Mr M J O'Connor 12/1 (Michael John O'Connor)
2009 Abandoned
2008 Kilbane River 7 11-3 T P Treacy 12/1 (Joseph Quinn)
2007 Rusty Red 4 10-10 D N Russell 6/1 (Joseph Crowley)
2006 Dosco 7 11-3 C D Maxwell 4/1 (D T Hughes)