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Formscan By Thomas Weekes - EARLSON GRAY fits the profile for this better than some of the others, having run well over hurdles recently. He is without a win in Ireland but this race looks quite winneable for him. Apt Approach rates a big danger and is a useful type at his best. This event does look an ideal opportunity for him and he is sure to be fit despite making his seasonal debut here. The lack of recent hurdle experience for both Apt Approach (over three years) and Gates Of Rome (two and a half years) shouldn't really affect either of these seasoned horses much and the latter is another with solid claims here. Uncle Tom Cobley is another better known as a chaser while Prince Rudi needs to return to his very best to win.
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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards that, at entry, are rated 130 or less
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards that, at entry, are rated 130 or less
Allowances - 4-y-o 10st 12lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 2lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (Handicaps excluded) to count from 1st January, 2012 Winner of a hurdle race 4lb extra; Of two hurdle races or hurdle races singly or collectively value E20,000 7lb extra; Of three hurdle races or hurdle races singly or collectively value E25,000 10lb extra;
Probable SP 7/4 Apt Approach, 4/1 Gates Of Rome, 5/1 Earlson Gray, 6/1 The Bishop Looney, 8/1 Uncle Tom Cobley, 10/1 Prince Rudi, Civena, 12/1 Knockcroghery.
2012 Dooney Rock 8 11-2 B M Cash 5/1 (Michael McElhone)
2011 Alaivan 5 11-8 Andrew J McNamara 1/3Fav (E J O'Grady)
2008 C'est Ca 4 11-4 Mr P W Mullins 2/5Fav (W P Mullins)
2007 J'y Vole 4 11-2 D J Casey 12/1 (W P Mullins)
2006 Quatre Heures 4 11-7 D J Casey 4/9Fav (W P Mullins)
2005 Loyal Focus 4 11-0 P Carberry 6/4Fav (D K Weld)
2004 Alicudi 4 11-0 J A Heffernan 5/1 (M J Grassick)