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Formscan By Gary Carson - MONAKOVA ran really well over course and distance last time and looks the one to follow here. She didn't enjoy the best of passages but stayed on well inside the final furlong and wasn't beaten far in third. The handicapper has given her a 2lb rise for that but that is offset by Ronan Whelan's claim and as we've seen this season he's great value for that. Johnny Murtagh, who rode the selection last time, is an eye-catching booking for Moss Top and money for her would be interesting. She makes her handicap debut having faded late on when making the running in a good Leopardstown maiden last time and looks on a fair enough mark. Queen Of The Sand is another who ran a cracker to finish third here last time, in maiden company. That was over seven, however, and the way she finished wouldn't suggest a drop back in trip is what she wants.
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An extended handicap for two yrs old only (70 = 9st 10lb)
Weights - An extended handicap for two yrs old only (70 = 9st 10lb)
Riders - (after calculation of the handicap) A winner shall carry 5lb extra for each race won. Any horse rated above 70 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 70 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted to that horse.
Probable SP 7/2 Monakova, 5/1 Queen Of The Sand, 6/1 Longfield Lad, 13/2 Moss Top, 7/1 Victor's Beach, 8/1 Cloths Of Heaven, Quinine, 14/1 Toberton, Desiderata, 16/1 Downfall Of Paris, Brady's Hill, Monamintra Whip, 20/1 Aednat, 25/1 Others.
2011 Banner Road 2 8-8 P Shanahan 2/1Fav (Edward Lynam) (Drawn 12)
2010 Madeira Man 2 8-6 S H James 5/1 (Kevin Prendergast) (Drawn 4)
2009 One Set 2 9-4 E J McNamara 3/1 (G M Lyons) (Drawn 4)
2008 Romeo's On Fire 4 8-4 M C Hussey 12/1 (G M Lyons) (Drawn 3)
2007 Rainbow Rising 5 9-12 D P McDonogh 2/1Fav (Adrian McGuinness) (Drawn 4)