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Formscan By Donal Murphy - SALSIFY sets the standard here and it is hard to look beyond him. The son of Beneficial had a superb campaign last season the highlight of which was winning the Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham in March. He makes his seasonal debut here and he should have too much class for his thirteen rivals. Tammys Hill was surprisingly beaten last time out at Loughanmore but before that he won his last seven starts in succession. The Liam Lennon trained gelding should give a good account of himself but it will be surprising if he can beat the selection. The former Dermot Weld trained Merchant Royal is another that should run well. He won this race last year and finished a creditable seventh in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham behind Salsify. He has been disappointing on two starts for David Christie in point-to-point's but returning to the track an improved performance can be expected.
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A steeplechase for Certified Hunters four yrs old and upwards that have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a Certified Hunters' Steeplechase or a Point-to-Point Steeplechase in Ireland between 1st January, 2010 and 14th November, 2012
Weights - A steeplechase for Certified Hunters four yrs old and upwards that have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a Certified Hunters' Steeplechase or a Point-to-Point Steeplechase in Ireland between 1st January, 2010 and 14th November, 2012
Allowances - 4-y-o 10st 7lb; 5-y-o 11st 3lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 4lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (to count from 1st January, 2011) Winner of a steeplechase 5lb extra; Of two or more steeplechases 10lb extra
Probable SP 4/9 Salsify, 4/1 Tammys Hill, 9/2 Merchant Royal, 10/1 The Blarney Rose, 11/1 Family Oficial, 12/1 Bothair Clei, Goonyella, 14/1 Clonbeale Vacation, Ardkilly Celt, 16/1 Knocksquire, 25/1 Russian Regent, Mayo Calling, 33/1 Come On Ub, Super Touch.
2011 Merchant Royal 7 11-9 Mr R P McNamara 5/4Fav (D K Weld)