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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - This looks competitive and we'll take a chance that the local runner, BETTERTHANALRIGHT, could be primed to run a big race. He hasn't set the world alight over fences lately but back on a course where he's won before and re-united with Paddy Mangan (has won two on him) could help the Cloudings gelding to re-discover his sparkle. The previous point-to-point winner looked a nice progressive young stayer when scoring here, and at Thurles, last February, and there is surely more to come from the six-year-old. Roadtoabbeyfeale arrives here in great form and the one he beat at Limerick last time, A Decent Excuse (re-opposes). That fellow, a half-brother to the four-time scorer, Odonimee, showed himself in a good light as recently as last Saturday when triumphing at Naas. Plenty of others have chances too, with a pair better known as chasers, The Bishop Looney and Quietly Fancied particularly standing out as each-way contenders. Meanwhile Harold's Cross is quite well-treated in this sphere and he has to be respected with Kevin Sexton's 7Ib claim reducing the burden on the J P McManus runner to a miniscule nine stone three. Irish Soul, winner of this race last year, tries again, but he has a long break to overcome so we'll see how he goes in the betting.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards (140 = 11st 10lb)
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards (140 = 11st 10lb)
Allowances - Top weight in the original handicap shall; not be less than 11st 10lb
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 4lb extra for each hurdle race won. Any horse rated above 140 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 11st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 140 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted to that horse.
Long Handicap A Decent Excuse 10-0, Caheronaun 9-10, Harold's Cross 9-10.
Probable SP 3/1 A Decent Excuse, 4/1 Roadtoabbeyfeale, 6/1 Quietly Fancied, 7/1 The Bishop Looney, 8/1 Irish Soul, Ballyburke, 10/1 Caheronaun, Allee Garde, Harold's Cross, 12/1 Betterthanalright, Powerstation.
2011 Irish Soul 7 9-9 P F Mangan 3/1Fav (J Motherway)
2010 The Shepherd 6 10-0 D J Condon 4/1 (Gordon Elliott)
2008 Chelsea Harbour 8 11-0 R Walsh 7/4Fav (Thomas Mullins)
2007 Ardalan 4 10-8 J L Cullen 9/2 (Paul Nolan)
2006 City Of Sails 7 10-4 R J Molloy 25/1 (A J McNamara)
2005 Harbour View 6 9-10 D J Casey 13/2 (E McNamara)
2004 Rule Supreme 8 11-11 Mr J J Codd 12/1 (W P Mullins)
2003 Yogi 7 11-8 G Cotter 9/2 (Thomas Foley)
2002 Le-Monde 4 11-1 M D Grant 10/1 (David Wachman)
2001 Nearly A Gimme 5 9-7 D J Casey 100/30Fav (C F Swan)
2000 Give Over 7 12-0 C O'Dwyer 10/1 (Edward U Hales)
1999 Change The Script 9 9-10 K Whelan 7/1 (Paul Nolan)