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McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle of £14,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £9,660.00 2nd - £2,380.00 3rd - £1,120.00 4th - £700.00 5 Declared Hurdle/Bumper: Soft to Heavy. Chase: Heavy Overcast


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Though 'wrong' at the weights with more than one of these, JOXER probably has more scope for progression than any of them. It has to be considered a bit surprising that he was 'held on to' for so long at Thurles before Christmas, only launching his challenge in the straight over the minimum trip against Midnight Game. It wasn't a bad outcome to only go down by a length to that odds-on chance and you'd imagine he should confirm form with the third home then, Arnaud. Blackstairmountain (well-treated by the race conditions) has been 'done' in tight finishes to these sort of events, on more than one occasion in the past, and he could be a favourite to take-on. Fosters Cross may be eleven, but he still has plenty of fire in his belly, and he is not completely discounted. Sailors Warn has to leave the memory of his latest performance well behind him, and it's a tough ask on him to concede weight all round.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards that since 8th May, 2011 have not won more than one weight-for-age hurdle race
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards that since 8th May, 2011 have not won more than one weight-for-age hurdle race
Allowances - 4-y-o 10st 7lb; 5-y-o 11st 3lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 5lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (to count from 8th May, 2011) Winner of a hurdle race 4lb extra; Of a hurdle race value E10,000 7lb extra

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534-Sailors Warn 6,b g 11-12

Redback-Coral Dawn

(1)(Mr Phil Slater)
Rated 144

Ronald Thompson

A E Lynch

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100-Bombadero 6,b g 11-9

Sadler's Wells-Fantasy Girl

(Tonguestrap)(1)(The Berrow Hill Partnership)
Rated 120

Dr Richard Newland

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242-Joxer 6,b g 11-9

Gold Well-Tender Return

(1)(Mrs W Harney)
Rated 136

W Harney

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083-Arnaud 5,b g 11-7

Chevalier-Jumbo Romance

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 130

C Byrnes

D N Russell

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152-Blackstairmountain 8,b g 11-5

Imperial Ballet-Sixhills

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 145

W P Mullins

P Townend

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39u-Fosters Cross 11,b g 11-5

Dr Massini-Francie's Treble

(1)(Patrick J O'Donovan)
Rated 140

Thomas Mullins

D J Condon

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214-Brog Deas 4,b g 10-11

Arakan-Whitegate Way

(Blinkers)(1)(M J Hanrahan)

Patrick J Flynn

Andrew J McNamara

Probable SP 2/1 Blackstairmountain, 4/1 Joxer, 5/1 Fosters Cross, Arnaud, 6/1 Sailors Warn, 12/1 Brog Deas, 16/1 Bombadero.

Previous Years
2012 Final Approach 6 11-12 R Walsh 3/10Fav (W P Mullins)
2011 Sublimity 11 11-5 A E Lynch 11/10Fav (Robert Alan Hennessy)
2010 Bostons Angel 6 11-12 R M Power 4/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2009 China Rock 6 11-12 N P Madden 3/1 (M F Morris)
2008 Mister Top Notch 9 11-12 C O'Dwyer 2/1 (D E Fitzgerald)
2007 Wins Now 6 11-12 N P Madden 5/4Fav (Niall Madden)
2006 Glenfinn Captain 7 11-12 B J Geraghty 8/15Fav (T J Taaffe)
2005 Oh Be The Hokey 7 11-12 C O'Dwyer 4/5Fav (C F Swan)
2004 Safe Route 6 11-4 L A Hurley 14/1 (W J Austin)
2003 Kicking King 5 11-10 B J Geraghty 4/5Fav (T J Taaffe)
2002 Garden Town 6 11-9 C F Swan 5/1 (C F Swan)
2001 Native Endurance 5 11-0 S P Cooke 7/4JFav (P Mullins)
2000 Mill Lane Lady 7 11-4 P A Carberry 6/4 (W P Mullins)