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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - An each-way investment on BAND LEADER could yield a dividend here. Tom Foley likes to have winners at his local track and his string are performing well right now, a point emphasised by Playing, the subject of a good gamble when scoring at Clonmel a week back. Band Leader returned from a lengthy break with two respectable efforts last month. Granted he goes up markedly in trip now, but his bumper form is strong and he may be worth chancing in an ordinary heat. When victorious in a Thurles bumper in March 2010, the selection, a now seven-year-old, son of Kalanisi, had Lambro back in third and Rory O'Moore in fourth. Champagne Agent isn't easy to win with but he's entitled to head the market here again and he has every chance against this class of opposition. A pair of cheek-pieces will need to have a big positive impact on Gortroe but if lively in the betting he'd have to come into the equation given his connections. Kashline is another with definite possibilities after a good Navan effort 18 days back. As a bumper winner, Peace In The West warrants respect whilst winning 'pointer' Francis Street has cheek-pieces on for the first time and Denis Murphy has booked Mark Enright. With a rating of 109 Seanie Boy is entitled to respect too.
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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards, maidens at starting
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards, maidens at starting
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st 7lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb;
Probable SP 8/11 Champagne Agent, 9/4 Kashline, 10/1 Fade In, 12/1 Band Leader, 14/1 Gortroe, 25/1 Peace In The West, Dante Anna, Francis Street, 33/1 Seanie Boy, Fair Lord, West Council, Master Oisin.
2011 Pride Of the Artic 6 11-7 Mr M Fahey 6/4Fav (Peter Fahey)
2009 Cheeky 5 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 12/1 (Miss Margaret M O'Sullivan)
2008 Weapon's Amnesty 5 11-12 D N Russell 2/1JFav (C Byrnes)
2007 Scavenger 5 11-12 D N Russell 5/1 (M F Morris)
2006 The Halfway Bar 5 10-11 P T Enright 11/2 (Robert Tyner)
2005 Patsy Hall 5 11-12 J P Elliott 6/4Fav (Michael Cunningham)
2004 Guantama Bay 5 11-12 P Carberry 6/4Fav (Noel Meade)
2003 Royal All Star 6 11-5 R C Colgan 3/1 (G M Lyons)