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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - There wouldn't appear to be a whole lot of strength in depth here and we'll go with the obvious one in CHU CHU THOMAS. A fortnight back over the course and distance, the lightly-raced Blueprint gelding was a lucky winner when Speed Dial fell at the last when looking home and hosed. However, that was still a commendable effort from Chu Chu Thomas when one considers that he's had his problems and it should also be noted that there was plenty of market confidence behind him on that occasion. The selection, a nine-year-old, found plenty for pressure that day and you'd imagine that there could well be more to come – enough perhaps to cope with a 7Ib rise in the ratings. Given that all three of his wins have come at Powerstown Park, Jacks Island is respected. Letterofapproval won a bumper in his time and he'd have to enter calculations now particularly if the market gave any encouragement as he makes his handicap bow. The other one principally of note is Short Grass as he is now tried in blinkers for the first time.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-102
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-102
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Probable SP 2/1 Chu Chu Thomas, 5/1 Short Grass, 6/1 Do The Bookies, In The Haven, Hugbensin, 7/1 World Citizen, 12/1 Jacks Island, 16/1 Letterofapproval, Harangue, Arkmore Vallee.
2011 Dul Ar An Ol 10 11-11 B R Dalton 5/2Fav (John C McConnell)
2010 Jacks Island 7 9-10 D J Bates 10/1 (P J Rothwell)
2008 By The Hour 5 10-9 P T Enright 13/2 (Robert Tyner)
2007 Barker 6 10-13 B McLean 16/1 (James M Barrett)
2006 She's Supersonic 6 10-13 R Walsh 7/1 (A J Martin)
2005 Spiritual Society 5 11-5 R Walsh 6/4Fav (W P Mullins)
2004 Lala Nova 5 10-0 W O Callaghan 16/1 (John Joseph Murphy)
2003 Go My Dream 6 10-2 J R Barry 9/1 (J Morrison)
2002 Over The First 7 11-11 C F Swan 4/1Fav (C F Swan)
2001 Mr Sneaky Boo 5 10-2 R P McNally 10/1 (Michael Hourigan)
2000 Cronin's Boy 6 10-4 K P Gaule 7/4Fav (E Sheehy)
1999 Tryphaena 4 10-9 P Carberry 8/11Fav (W P Mullins)