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Down Royal

Wed, 26th Dec, 2012

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Sean Graham Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle of £7,500.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £5,175.00 2nd - £1,275.00 3rd - £600.00 4th - £375.00 12 Declared Heavy Overcast and cold


Formscan By Gary Carson - Noel Meade has a strong hand here with two leading contenders. CURLEY BILL gets the vote after an impressive bumper success at Downpatrick last month. He had run into a couple of decent sorts when runner-up on his two previous starts but made no mistake last time when quickening clear in the closing stages to post a cosy victory. He is sure to be well schooled for this assignment and is just preferred to his stable-mate, Fickle Fortune, who has tended to run a bit free in her races. It will be a long way home here if she doesn't settle a bit better. Totally Couture, who was behind her when the pair filled the placings behind Un Atout at Navan looks held on that run. Toye Native ran much better than his 33/1 starting price suggested he would when pushing Art Of Logistics close here last time. The winner is a decent sort and if he can repeat that effort he should go close again. Killshallago didn't run too badly when third at Thurles last time and looks to have place prospects again while Third Opinion looks to be progressing nicely and could be capable of better.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards maidens at starting
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards maidens at starting
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st 9lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Penalties - Horses that have not won a *race if 4-y-o allowed 5lb if 5-y-o and up allowed 8lb

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9221Curley Bill 4,b g 11-9

Heron Island-In Excelsis

(1)(Philip J Reynolds)

Noel Meade

D J Condon

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p0Bold Owenie 6,b g 11-4

Bold Fact-Divine Elegance

(1)(Liam Rice)

Dermot Anthony McLoughlin

C D Maxwell(3)

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0Gig Gold 4,b g 11-4

Winged Love-Laser Ride

(1)(Victor Wilson)

Victor Wilson

B M Cash

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3553Killshallago 5,b g 11-4

Classic Cliche-Another Pet

(1)(T B Harmon)

Gerard Keane

A P Thornton

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p-Once Bitten 6,b g 11-4

Great Palm-Golden Needle

(1)(T M Hayes)

S Wilson

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ur69Over Presented 4,b g 11-4

Presenting-Over It

(1)(Ms Anne Torrens)

Mervyn Torrens

M Darcy

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0Raceviews Diamond 4,b g 11-4

Diamond Green-Mitsubishi Trium

(1)(R W Donaldson)

A J Martin

S A Shortall(7)

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5p/pScobie 8,b g 11-4


(1)(Rosemary Rooney)

Mrs Rosemary Rooney

Mr M Hamill(7)

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7744Third Opinion 4,b g 11-4

Zagreb-Toulon Pass

(1)(T Howley Jnr)

Gordon Elliott

M A Enright(5)

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0343Totally Couture 4,b g 11-4


(Tonguestrap)(1)(Sean F Gallagher)

Gordon Elliott

Mr J J Codd

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5222Fickle Fortune 4,b f 11-2

Heron Island-That's The Bonus

(1)(Eoin Banville)

Noel Meade

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2034Shershewill 6,b f 10-11

Shernazar-Tara Hall

(1)(Mrs Loretta McCausland)

Aaron Stronge

Mr A Stronge(7)

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4702Toye Native 4,ch f 10-11

Presenting-Lorna's Lady

(1)(T I Lindsay)

C A McBratney

B R Dalton(5)

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0890Whynotgiveup 6,b f 10-11

King Cheetah-High Rose

(1)(Seamus Deering)

P G Fahey

S E Butler(7)

Probable SP 3/1 Curley Bill, 4/1 Fickle Fortune, 6/1 Killshallago, Shershewill, Totally Couture, 7/1 Toye Native, 12/1 Third Opinion, 16/1 Whynotgiveup, Raceviews Diamond, 33/1 Over Presented, Once Bitten, Scobie, Bold Owenie, 50/1 Gig Gold.

Previous Years
2011 Rocky Wednesday 4 11-9 Mr R P McNamara 2/1Fav (Gordon Elliott)
2010 Silverlord 6 11-12 J M Maguire 6/4JFav (Gordon Elliott)
2009 Miss Pepperpot 5 10-6 F Lawlor 9/2 (F Flood)
2008 Osirixamix 5 11-4 R Geraghty 10/1 (A J Martin)
2007 Sutherland Belle 6 10-10 Mr L P Flynn 5/1 (C F Swan)
2006 Militant 6 10-13 Mr J P McKeown 1/1Fav (J T R Dreaper)
2005 Contact Dancer 6 11-5 D G Hogan 7/2 (C F Swan)
2004 Loulou Nivernais 5 10-11 R J Molloy 14/1 (Noel Meade)
2003 Mansony 4 11-2 B M Cash 7/2 (A L T Moore)
2002 Doodle Addle 6 10-11 R C Colgan 5/1 (J T R Dreaper)
2002 Royal Tilande 5 10-11 Mr J D Moore 4/1JFav (A L T Moore)