Formscan By Gary Carson - STEPS TO FREEDOM is the clear pick at the ratings here and this looks a nice tune up for him ahead of a return to hurdling. His best form is over longer than this, and his previous victory here came at two miles, but he has been placed at ten furlongs in the past and should have the class to get the job done. Akasaka looks the obvious danger coming here in form off the back of a victory over a mile here last month. He's equally effective over this trip and the fact that he has race fitness on his side makes him a big threat. Ozeta holds an official Flat rating of 100 but is hard to fancy on what she has shown over hurdles recently. It's difficult to weigh up the form of French import Rich Coast and he is perhaps best watched on his first start here.
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For four yrs old and upwards which have not won a weight-for-age race value E10,000 since 1st January, 2012
Weights - 4-y-o 9st 5lb; 5-y-o and up 9st 6lb; Fillies allowed 5lb
Allowances - Maidens allowed 4lb
Penalties - (to count from 1st January, 2012) Winner of a race 7lb extra;
b g King's Best (USA) - Daganya (IRE)
6, 9-13 (29) (Edward Lynam) (Drawn 3) Rated 101
ch g Distant Music (USA) - Royal Pagent (IRE)
8, 9-13(Blinkers) (71) (Mrs Margot McGuinness) (Drawn 4) Rated 88
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b g Statue Of Liberty (USA) - Dhakhirah (IRE)
7, 9-13(Tonguestrap) (154) (Mrs Sean Hussey) (Drawn 6) Rated 107
b g King's Best (USA) - Costa Rica (IRE)
5, 9-6 (264) (Andrew Tinkler) (Drawn 2) Rated 93
gr f Martaline (GB) - Ozehy (USA)
5, 9-1 (46) (John P McManus) (Drawn 1) Rated 100
b f Hawk Wing (USA) - Medalha Milagrosa (USA)
4, 8-10(Tonguestrap) (21) (John O Lyons) (Drawn 5) Rated 61
Change of Trainer - Rich Coast previously P Bary
Probable SP 11/8 Steps To Freedom, 2/1 Akasaka, 6/1 Rich Coast, 8/1 Ozeta, Solo Performer, 33/1 Colla Pier.
Of the 6 runners in this race last year, 6 have run since in 42 races. 1(16.7%) have won 1 times and 4 have been placed in 7 races.
2012 Solo Performer 7 9-12 A E Lynch 8/1Fav (H Rogers) (Drawn 2)
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