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Wed, 14th Nov, 2012

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Northern Ireland Maiden Hurdle4-y-o

2m. 2f. 50yds. 1st - £5,175.00 2nd - £1,275.00 3rd - £600.00 4th - £375.00 9 Declared Soft to Heavy Overcast and showers expected


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Sarabad has been disappointing but Willie Mullins said in a recent stable tour "you might find he has a nice handicap mark," so he's much respected if the betting indicates he's fancied. Bottle Rattler won a bumper here over this distance. Road To Riches and Plan Again have shown Bottle Rattler's sire, Gamut, in a good light in recent times and Philip Rothwell's charge could have a nice future ahead of him. Surely the market will give us a good indication of what's expected with Ussius. Sizing Jo'burg doesn't look like he's one of Henry de Bromhead's leading lights so we'll plum for the Gordon Elliott-trained ANTHEM ROYALE. This fellow's form is eye-catching when you consider he's finished behind Bonisland and Road To Riches to date. Paul Carberry's booking for Anthem Royale is encouraging, as was Elliott's summation in a recent Irish Field stable tour. The Cullentra handler said: "He had a nice run in a bumper and while he was well beaten that day, he has done well since and he looks well up to winning one. Chasing will be his game down the road."

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1Bottle Rattler ch g 11-9


(1)(John P McManus)

P J Rothwell

A P Crowe

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24Anthem Royale ch g 11-4

Royal Anthem-Miss Vic

(1)(Kimberley McIntyre)

John C McConnell

P Carberry

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Crazy Lad b g 11-4

Millenary-Luso Lass

(1)(P G Coffey)

P G Coffey

R M Moran

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0954Kilmainham b g 11-4

Celtic Swing-Newhall

(1)(Mr P G Airey)

M Todhunter

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550Knockanarrigan b g 11-4

Shantou-Ruby Thewes

(1)(Neville Eager)

Ms Sandra Hughes

B Hayes(5)

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7-0Sarabad b g 11-4


(1)(James Marley)
Rated 119

C A McBratney

P Townend

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738Sizing Jo'burg b g 11-4

Old Vic-Highness Lady

(1)(Ann & Alan Potts Partnership)

Henry De Bromhead

A E Lynch

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Ussius b g 11-4

Voix Du Nord-Law

(Gigginstown House Stud)

Conor O'Dwyer

D N Russell

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4603I C Gold b f 10-11

Gold Well-Longing For Cindy

(1)(Sean F Gallagher)
Rated 99

Adrian McGuinness

H D Dunne(7)

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597pSultana Belle b f 10-11

Black Sam Bellamy-Sultana

(1)(D J McCormack)
Rated 92

S R B Crawford

E J O'Connell

Probable SP 2/1 Ussius, 11/4 Sarabad, 5/1 Sizing Jo'burg, 8/1 Kilmainham, 12/1 Bottle Rattler, Anthem Royale, 14/1 I C Gold, 25/1 Knockanarrigan, Sultana Belle, Crazy Lad.