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Formscan By Alan Magee - VICS CANVAS is a very interesting contender and, despite advancing years, has very little mileage on the clock. The selection showed plenty reserves of stamina when winning a 2m3f bumper and 2m5f maiden hurdle before being sidelined for the best part of two years, and there was plenty to like about his reappearance over an inadequate trip at Naas last month behind Tennis Cap. The Old Vic gelding made a number of jumping errors, notably at the second last, but only lost out on the runner-up spot on the run-in. The winner has given the form a major boost since and, if avoiding the dreaded bounce factor, the ten-year-old looks sure to go close. Sumkindasuprstar was up with the pace throughout when fifth to Jadanli in the Thyestes Chase here last month and, with a hurdle rating two stone less than his chase mark, appears very well in. However he hasn’t run over hurdles for two years, and such comparisons can often prove expensive. Top-weight Rogue Angel lost a valuable point-to-point bumper at Fairyhouse in the stewards’ room before taking a modest Galway maiden hurdle. However he’s now on something of a retrieval mission after two below par efforts since.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 81-123
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 81-123
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Long Handicap Swift Lady 9-13.
Probable SP 3/1 Rogue Angel, 4/1 Vics Canvas, 6/1 Special Token, Alf Wright, Sumkindasuprstar, 7/1 Followmeuptocarlow, 8/1 Walker Ridge, 20/1 Luck Pennie, 25/1 Swift Lady.
2012 Up For The Match 5 9-11 A P Crowe 12/1 (John E Kiely)
2011 Lascalahall 6 10-8 B T O'Connell 13/2 (F Flood)
2010 Hampshire Express 7 10-10 P Townend 4/1Fav (W P Mullins)
2009 Hangover 7 10-10 N J O'Shea 8/1 (Conor O'Dwyer)
2008 Knock On The Head 6 10-11 M P Walsh 9/1 (Joseph Crowley)
2007 Quintero 8 9-4 S W Flanagan 7/1 (John A Codd)
2006 Sir Frederick 6 11-0 K T Coleman 16/1 (W J Burke)
2005 Slyguff Rory 7 10-10 T G M Ryan 13/2 (Michael McCullagh)
2004 Bodakker 7 9-11 J P Sullivan 14/1 (Jarlath P Fahey)
2003 Back On Top 9 11-10 J R Barry 16/1 (J L Hassett)
2002 Cad A Ra Leat 8 10-8 R Walsh 14/1 (P Mullins)
2001 Mr Red Banner 6 11-4 P G Hourigan 6/1JFav (Michael Hourigan)
2000 Mini Sensation 7 9-12 P L Malone 11/2 (A L T Moore)
1999 Slaney Native 6 11-5 Mr P Fahey 3/1Fav (Mrs John Harrington)