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Cross Country Handicap Chase

HEADLINES

8 of the last 9 were aged no older than 10 yrs.

No winners ever younger than 8 years.

8 from the last 10 winners of the Course Conditions race from the market front two.

9 of the last ten had previously contested a Graded race.

8 of the last 10 had run in no more than five cross country races

P Nicholls, N Henderson and W Mullins have yet to win this.

On the day itself, Enda Bolger has not won any of the last 9

JP McManus only one ‘on the day’ winner since 2009

Only one winning favourite ‘on the day’ since 2007

Summary

Race Distance – 3 miles 6 furlongs. ‘Steeplechasing in its purist form’ (not my words, those of Davy Russell) has thankfully provided me with a steady little stream of income over the years. With the late disqualification of Any Currency in 2016, we will go ‘on the day’ result for stats purposes. We would have been paid on that.

Winner to be trained in Ireland. Should have raced over the Cheltenham C & D this season. Aged 8, 9 or 10 yrs of age. Nothing younger than that to be placed. Has been placed at least over these obstacles at either Cheltenham or Punchestown. Has won over at least 3m. Unlikely to be ridden by a claimer. Enda Bolger would like to win it. Winner has not ran in more than five Cross Country races. Still best to avoid beaten favourites last time. Has contested a Graded chase. Headgear permissible.

Contenders:

Keeping it simple, cover the top two.

Tiger Roll

– No C&D win this season
+ C&D Form
+ Age 10
+ Irish trained

Easysland
– Age 6
– French trained
+ C&D Win this season

My selection:

Tiger Roll, 1pt win evens

If Easysland drifted to 4/1 I would bet e/w but cannot see that happening. He has age and C&D win to his name this season which brings the scales reasonably level. Tiger Roll is something a little bit special so I will stick with him despite only having 1 prep run (where he wasn’t given a hard time at all). Easysland the one to watch for the future.

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