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  • 16:20 Carrickmines Handicap Chase 2m 5f

  • (Grade B) €50,000 added 5yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner €32,500 2nd €9,500 3rd €4,500 4th €1,500
  • Going: Yielding, Soft in places.
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 31.00s
  • Off time: 16:21:03

View from connections: Carrickmines Handicap Chase

Last Updated: 28/02/14 4:28pm

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Colbert Station will be ridden by Tony McCoy

Colbert Station will be ridden by Tony McCoy

Potential Grand National candidate Double Seven aims to secure his sixth consecutive victory in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The 50,000 euro contest has attracted a strong field of 13 declared runners, with Martin Brassil's prolific winner Double Seven taking top billing in the colours of leading owner JP McManus.

After completing a summer hat-trick at Kilbeggan, the eight-year-old struck at Limerick and Wexford in October and has since been given a mid-season break by trainer Martin Brassil, who claimed National glory with Numbersixvalverde almost eight years ago. Double Seven could also be Aintree-bound.

Brassil said: "I'm happy with the horse. He's won five of his six races this season, so we gave him a break after he ran at Wexford and he came back in late December.

"He's a good ground horse, so he probably won't get his conditions this weekend, but we'll see how we get on. Aintree could be on his agenda, but as he's still a novice, there are a number of options for him."

Double Seven is one of three runners for McManus in Sunday's two-mile-five-furlong feature.

The owner's retained rider Tony McCoy takes the ride on Colbert Station, who unseated the perennial champion jockey at the Chair in last year's National.

Mark Walsh partners Double Seven, while Alan Crowe gets the leg up on the Christy Roche-trained Knocklong.

McManus' racing manager, Frank Berry, said: "Colbert Station is in good form and Ted (Walsh) is happy with the way he is going at home.

"AP (McCoy) rides him and even though he's got top-weight, we're expecting a good run from him.

"Double Seven is having his first run back and I believe the ground is drying out in Leopardstown all the time, which will suit him.

"It will be nice to get a run into him and then we'll look towards the National, all being well, as we will with Colbert Station.

"The horse down the bottom (Knocklong) has crept in off a nice weight and ran a good race in Leopardstown the last day.

"Christy is happy with him and hopefully he'll run well in a competitive race."

Last year's winner He'llberemembered is back to defend his crown and could hardly be in better form, having landed the lucrative Leopardstown Handicap Chase over the course and distance at the end of January.

Trainer Paul Fahey said: "He's in good old form and he's been around the two miles and five furlongs twice at Leopardstown and won both times. I hope he can make it three from three.

"He's gone up a few pounds in the weights for winning the last day, but he was entitled to and he's a hardened old horse at this stage.

"I don't think the ground will bother him and we're expecting a big run."

Daring Article, trained by Robert Tyner, was beaten just half a length by He'llberemembered and takes him on again.

"He was just held the last day, but he's a couple of pounds better off at the weights, so we'll see what happens," said Tyner.

"The horse is in good form and it looks like the rain is going to miss Leopardstown, so the ground should be fine for him. We're hoping he'll run another good race."

Arthur Moore's Home Farm and Sarah Dawson's veteran Slew Charm also feature in a competitive heat.

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