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Formscan By Michael Graham - While DUNROE BOY is a better hurdler than chaser, his display at Down Royal on St Stephen’s day gives him more than a squeak here. He was a close-up third to Take A Shot in a two and a half mile chase, and 13 lengths clear of the fourth horse. A 2lb rise in the handicap is hardly punitive and he can score for John Carr and Ian McCarthy. Robertstown Rover is bound to be popular after her Fairyhouse win and second in Thurles, but she has gone up 14lbs in just over a month which may blunt her today. She is effectively racing off a handicap mark she used to run off in 2009, which is asking a lot of a 10-year-old. Torremuelle had a tough race yesterday when beaten a nose at Tramore. It would be a surprise to see him out again.
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An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards rated 0-95
Weights - An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards rated 0-95
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase after calculation of the handicap to carry 4lb extra for each such steeplechase won.
Probable SP 7/2 Kilmurry Kid, 5/1 Robertstown Rover, 6/1 Dunroe Boy, 8/1 Big Jemmy, Flamingos Gold, 10/1 Preswell Lad, 12/1 Mr Bb, 14/1 Hillman, Hu Ha Jo, Ta Blazes, Torremuelle, 16/1 Mattara, Borolee, 25/1 Star Of Hollywood.
2012 Big Jemmy 10 10-7 P T Enright 2/1Fav (John J Walsh)
2011 Burnt Oil Babe 8 11-7 B M Cash 4/1 (William P Murphy)
2010 Pagan Magic 9 11-4 D N Russell 7/1 (Andrew Slattery)
2009 Highglen 10 11-7 Mr D O'Connor 11/2 (William P Murphy)
2008 Sheebadiva 7 11-1 M J Ferris 4/6Fav (Sean Aherne)
2007 Sabina Park 8 11-7 J R Barry 9/2 (Mrs D A Love)
2006 Maristania 8 9-10 K Whelan 7/1 (John J Walsh)
2005 Wise Counsel 7 10-11 S M McGovern 2/1 (T J Taaffe)
2004 Ira Hayes 9 12-0 J R Barry 12/1 (John A Codd)