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Wed, 26th Dec, 2012

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Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (Rated 80-102) of £10,500.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £7,245.00 2nd - £1,785.00 3rd - £840.00 4th - £525.00 10 Declared Heavy Overcast and cold


Formscan By Gary Carson - SPEED DIAL comes into this in great order and the style of his victories means he may just be staying ahead of the handicapper. Pat Hughes' charge has to be delivered late but he won with a bit in hand at Fairyhouse last time and a 6lb rise for that victory doesn't look harsh. Tim Carroll gets on really well with him and the pairing look the ones to beat. Great Oak has to be a danger. There is no doubt she is a better chaser than hurdler but the fact that she is rated so much lower over hurdles means she warrants respect here and she ran well when last seen over timber at this course last month. Rookery Rebel is a consistent sort and has slipped to a nice mark over hurdles. He could go well while point-to-pointer Lord Multifix is another interesting contender off a low hurdles rating.

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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.

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f211Speed Dial 7,b g 11-11

Medicean-Trois Heures Apres

(1)(Mrs P Hughes)
Rated 100

P Hughes

T C Carroll(2)

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2431Great Oak 6,b m 11-7


(1)(Mrs Monica O'sullivan)
Rated 96

Tim Vaughan

M A Enright(2)

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5p20Vapiano 6,b g 11-6

Cape Cross-Nasij

(1)(Ms Dee O'reilly & Mary Shalvey)
Rated 95

D E Pipe

K M Donoghue

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3460Khan Tengri 6,gr g 11-4

Sadler's Wells-Ela Athena

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(Miss Rita Shah)
Rated 93

Patrick O Brady

R P Treacy(4)

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-600Quintara 4,ch f 11-4

Soviet Star-Queen's Diamond

(1)(Benbradagh Syndicate)
Rated 96

Mervyn Torrens

B R Dalton(2)

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p000Al Dafa 5,ch g 10-13

Kingmambo-Crimson Conquest

(1)(Sean F Gallagher)
Rated 88

Paul Stafford

G Malone(4)

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uf14Miranour 7,b g 10-13


(1)(Patrick J Smyth)
Rated 88

Liam Lennon

M W Bowes(2)

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0453Rookery Rebel 10,ch g 10-13

Minster Son-Counterbalance

(1)(Miss Suzy Barkley)
Rated 88

Miss S Barkley

S E Butler(4)

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3246Lord Multifix 7,b g 10-10

Winged Love-Rowdy Nights

(Blinkers)(1)(John Farquhar)
Rated 85

Neil McKnight

P D Kennedy(2)

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086fCourt Jester 6,b g 10-8

Pushkin-Noeleens Delight

(1)(Cocomo Syndicate)
Rated 83

S Wilson

J S McGarvey(4)

Probable SP 6/4 Speed Dial, 5/2 Great Oak, 6/1 Rookery Rebel, 8/1 Vapiano, 12/1 Miranour, 16/1 Khan Tengri, 20/1 Lord Multifix, 25/1 Quintara, Court Jester, 33/1 Al Dafa.

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2007 Imaalhall 4 9-13 S J Hassett 8/1 (F Flood)
2006 Rince Donn 4 10-3 O Casey 14/1 (T G McCourt)
2005 Saipan 4 10-1 R C Colgan 11/2 (Gerard Keane)
2004 Rockbound 6 9-12 A B Joyce 10/1 (Desmond McDonogh)
2003 Willoughby Joe 8 11-5 M P Madden 5/2Fav (Anthony John Black)
2002 Willoughby Joe 7 10-9 N J O'Shea 25/1 (Anthony John Black)
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