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Formscan By Gary Carson - Willie Mullins has produced quite a few smart juvenile hurdlers already and DOUGAL PHILPS looks the one to side with on his jumping debut. He performed to a good level on the Flat, earning a mark of 85, and showed versatility trip wise. He also handles soft ground well and looks the type to do well in this sphere. Vedani was the best of these on the Flat but jumped poorly on his debut over timber here last month and needs to improve significantly from that. A bigger danger may be South South West who ran really well in a hot Grade 3 contest at Fairyhouse last time. As the only winner in the field he has to give weight away around but sets a good standard here. Hartside makes his debut for Gigginstown having landed a hat-trick on the level for Andrew Tinkler. He obviously deserves respect as he was an improver on the Flat and ended on a fair mark of 71. Teofolina is a rare runner over jumps for Jim Bolger and has to be respected having had a career high mark of 77 on the level. That leaves her one of the better performers among these on the Flat and if she can transfer that to hurdles she could make her presence felt.
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A hurdle race for three yrs old only
Weights - A hurdle race for three yrs old only
Allowances - 10st 8lb; Fillies allowed 7lb
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race 5lb extra; Of two or more hurdle races 10lb extra;
Probable SP 5/2 Dougal Philps, 4/1 Bayan, 5/1 South South West, 6/1 Hartside, 8/1 Vedani, 10/1 Teofolina, Pacelli Road, 14/1 Faanan Aldaar, Linkup, 16/1 Valley Queen, 33/1 Glendaars Best, Hello Humpfrey.
2011 One Cool Shabra 3 10-11 G N Fox 11/8Fav (Patrick O Brady)
2009 Alaivan 3 10-8 Andrew J McNamara 1/3Fav (E J O'Grady)
2008 El Presidente 3 10-8 P W Flood 4/1 (M Halford)
2007 Eritrea 3 10-3 A B Joyce 9/2 (Patrick J Flynn)
2006 Rusty Red 3 10-11 A F O'Neill 12/1 (Joseph Crowley)
2005 King Of Merlia 3 10-10 M Darcy 13/2 (E Sheehy)
2004 Thecaulofesker 3 10-9 D F O'Regan 11/10Fav (Francis Ennis)