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Flemenstar - Fairyhouse 08/04/2012

Flemenstar: exciting chaser evens to win the John Durkan

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Nervous Casey gears up for John Durkan thriller

FLEMENSTAR'S mouthwatering clash with unbeaten chaser Sir Des Champs at Punchestown on Sunday has his trainer Peter Casey "a little nervous".

The pair - Ireland's most exciting chasers - meet in the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase and Flemenstar is favoured by the bookmakers to come out on top.

He is odds-on in places, but generally evens, while Sir Des Champs is 7-4 for the race in which Rubi Light and Bog Warrior complete the field

"I'm getting a little bit nervous," said Casey, speaking on The Morning Line .

"It's now he's taking on better horses than he did last year.

"He's improved and is in good form. I'm very happy with him - he's done everything we've asked. He doesn't mind soft ground, but I don't think he likes it sticky.

"He means everything to us. We've never had one like him before and probably won't have one like him again."

Flemenstar is as short as 7-1 for the 3m2½f Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, but has never raced beyond 2m4f.

"I hope he'll be a Gold Cup horse," added Casey. "We'll know after tomorrow."

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