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Tue, 1st Jan, 2013

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Holden Plant Rentals Steeplechase (Listed) of £30,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 5f. 50yds. 1st - £19,500.00 2nd - £6,000.00 3rd - £3,000.00 4th - £1,200.00 4 Declared Heavy Fine


Formscan By Michael Graham - BLAZING TEMPO is very well in here according to official ratings and therefore is hard to oppose. For example she is rated 151 over fences yet receives 7lb from top-weight Roi Du Mee who is 3lb her inferior over fences. With a nice pot and a small field there is always the chance of a tactical race, but she should have the class to win this. Ruby Walsh's mount is used to mixing it in Graded company and indeed winning in that sphere. Her Grade 2 win at Fairyhouse in January over Noble Prince and Tranquil Sea is an eyecatching piece of form. She won the Grade A Galway Plate over a furlong further than today's in July 2011. Roi Du Mee has run up an admirable sequence of wins and can make the favourite work. Tranquil Sea's two runs since May have lacked sparkle and at 11 it is to be hoped there's still a big run in him as race conditions also suit him.

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A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 5-y-o 10st 7lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 2lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (to count from 8th May, 2011) Winner of a steeplechase value E10,000 4lb extra; Of two steeplechases or of one value E15,000 7lb extra; Of three steeplechases or one value E30,000 10lb extra;

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5253Tranquil Sea 11,b g 11-9

Sea Raven-Silver Valley

(1)(Jean & Clemmie Shipp)
Rated 154

W J Greatrex

B J Geraghty

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p2p3Berties Dream 10,b g 11-2

Golden Tornado-Orla's Pride

(Cheekpiece)(1)(The Pursuing The Dream Partnership)
Rated 132

Mrs L Braithwaite

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1344Sweet My Lord 7,b g 11-2

Johann Quatz-Hasta Manana

(1)(Mrs E M Worth)
Rated 128

R Chanin

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3113Blazing Tempo 9,b f 11-5

Accordion-Leading Duke

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 151

W P Mullins

P Townend

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5111Roi Du Mee 8,b g 11-12

Lavirco-British Nellerie

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 148

Gordon Elliott

D N Russell

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132fOrdinary Man 8,b g 11-9

Saddlers' Hall-Come On Eily

(1)(W J Burke)
Rated 130

W J Burke

J R Barry

Probable SP 15/8 Blazing Tempo, 9/4 Tranquil Sea, 3/1 Roi Du Mee, 10/1 Berties Dream, Sweet My Lord, 12/1 Ordinary Man.

Previous Years
2012 Apt Approach 9 11-2 D J Casey 5/1 (W P Mullins)
2011 Barker 10 11-12 D J Casey 5/1 (W P Mullins)
2010 The Fonze 9 11-12 J R Barry 12/1 (Eoin Doyle)
2009 One Cool Cookie 8 11-12 D N Russell 7/4Fav (C F Swan)
2008 Knight Legend 9 11-9 B J Geraghty 2/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2007 Cloudy Bays 10 11-9 D N Russell 5/1 (C Byrnes)
2006 Kymandjen 9 11-2 J L Cullen 4/1 (Paul Nolan)
2005 Cloudy Bays 8 11-7 Andrew J McNamara 1/1Fav (C Byrnes)
2004 Barrow Drive 8 12-0 B J Geraghty 4/5Fav (Anthony Mullins)