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Irish Point to Point preview of Dark Horse Hunter Chase

23 Dec 2012

It is possible that this will be the best Hunter Chase run in Ireland this season. Cheltenham Foxhunters Winner Salsify lines up for a rematch with Tammys Hill. The latter has been almost unbeatable in point to points and got one over on the Champion at Wexford last time. Salsify is sure to be better for the run and this will be a rematch to savour. However it is not the only rematch within this race. Slippers Percy beat Tammys Hill when they last met at Loughanmore and he too is very much part of this equation. It is unusual to see the best of Hunter Chasing form clash with the best of point to point form and this is a terrific contest. 
The supporting runners have strong claims. Not Before EIght is proven around this course from last year and Merchant Royal ran well at Cheltenham. Good Egg on his best is as good as any and Carsonstown Boy won this race last season. 
It is very possible that a good winner here could emerge with the highest rating of the season and become Champion Hunter Chaser regardless of what happens at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown. A terrific race to get the Stephens Day action underway.



No   Horse Owner Trainer Rider Wgt
1   Good Egg Miss Daisy Duggan (LadyJFowler) MrCMMurphy(7) 12,00
2   Merchant Royal Patrick J.McCartan (DMChristie) MrJPMcKeown 12,00
3   Salsify(137) Mrs J B Sweeney (RSweeney) MrCJSweeney(3) 12,00
4   Tammys Hill Patrick J.Smyth (LLennon) MrJJSmyth(7) 12,00
5   Carsonstown Boy(112) J.T.Monaghan (CAMcBratney) MrNMcParlan(7) 11,11
6   Long Strand(109) Miss Evanna McCutcheon (DPNagle) MissEMcCutcheon(7)(T) 11,11
7   Not Before Eight(122) R.J.Watson (DMChristie) MrBO'Neill(5)(C) 11,11
8   Slippers Percy James H.Kelly (MissSLKelly) MrWThompson(7) 11,11
9   Viking Splash(121) Barry Connell (JJHanlon) MrJTCarroll(3)(C) 11,11
10   Bank Guarantee Mrs Marie Martin (AJMartin) MrSJCraig(7) 11,07
11   Crude Derek Pugh (DPugh) MrDO'Connor 11,07
12   Harps Counsel Cathal M. McGovern (JKMagee) MrSFMagee(7)(CT) 11,07
13   Royal Chukka Mrs. Ann Smurfit (MrsDFoster) . 11,07
14   Send For Paddy Robert J. Armstrong (CAMcBratney) MrDAFitzsimmons(7)(T) 11,07
15   Strongpoint(120) S. McAlister (SRBCrawford) MrBGCrawford(7)(T) 11,07
16   Taghnabrick Mrs Karen Brush (GStewart) MrMJLynch(7)(T) 11,07

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