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Fri, 28th Dec, 2012

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woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle (Grade 2) of £40,000.00 4-y-o plus

3m. 1st - £26,000.00 2nd - £8,000.00 3rd - £4,000.00 4th - £1,600.00 10 Declared Soft Overcast


Formscan By Gary Carson - ZAIDPOUR is the obvious one to beat after a good performance to land the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse at the start of the month. He proved too strong for Monksland and Voler La Vedette then and there doesn't appear to be any reason why he shouldn't confirm those placings. The step up in trip is not an issue as he has won over three miles before, when beating Voler La Vedette at Gowran last January. Connections feel Zaidpour is a stronger horse this season and he could develop into Ireland's leading staying hurdling. Monksland stayed on well to finish second in the Hatton's Grace and this extra half mile looks right up his street. He may just have to play second fiddle again however. Voler La Vedette has been a wonderful racemare but may just be below her best this season judged on her two efforts so far. It will be fascinating to see how Weapon's Amnesty gets on on his return but this is obviously a prep run for a return to chasing.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 4-y-o 10st 12lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 3lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (to count from 1st December, 2010) Winner of three hurdle races or a Grade 3 hurdle race 3lb extra; Of two Grade 3 hurdle races or a Grade 2 hurdle race 5lb extra; Of a Grade 1 hurdle race 7lb extra;

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2251Zaidpour 6,b g 11-10

Red Ransom-Zainta

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 162

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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1312Monksland 5,b g 11-8

Beneficial-Cush Jewel

(1)(Mrs Patricia Hunt)
Rated 157

Noel Meade

P Carberry

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6321Owega Star 5,br g 11-8

Basanta-Los Monteros

(1)(Anthony Callan)
Rated 136

Peter Fahey

A D Leigh

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f2-4Rigour Back Bob 7,ch g 11-8

Bob Back-Rigorous

(1)(D Chapman-jones,j McIntyre,j Carrol)
Rated 143

M Bradstock

B J Geraghty

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0513Whatuthink 10,ch g 11-8

Presenting-Glen's Encore

(Tonguestrap,Visor)(1)(Redgap Partnership)
Rated 145

Oliver McKiernan

T J Doyle

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2442Folsom Blue 5,b g 11-6

Old Vic-Spirit Leader

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 142

M F Morris

B J Cooper

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-194So Young 6,b g 11-6


(1)(Mrs M McMahon)
Rated 153

W P Mullins

D J Casey

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9102Maller Tree 5,b g 11-3

Karinga Bay-Annaberg

(1)(Favourites Racing Ltd)
Rated 135

David Dennis

R M Power

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2223Voler La Vedette 8,b f 11-3

King's Theatre-Steel Grey Lady

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Mrs M Brophy)
Rated 154

C A Murphy

A E Lynch

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-21/Weapon's Amnesty 9,ch g 11-3

Presenting-Victoria Theatre

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 145

C Byrnes

D N Russell

Probable SP 11/8 Zaidpour, 4/1 Voler La Vedette, 6/1 Monksland, 8/1 Weapon's Amnesty, 10/1 So Young, 16/1 Owega Star, 20/1 Folsom Blue, Rigour Back Bob, Maller Tree, 25/1 Whatuthink.

Previous Years
2011 Voler La Vedette 7 11-3 A E Lynch 13/8 (C A Murphy)
2010 Mourad 5 11-6 P Townend 7/4Fav (W P Mullins)
2009 Powerstation 9 11-3 Andrew J McNamara 9/1 (Eamonn O'Connell)
2008 Catch Me 6 11-10 Andrew J McNamara 4/6Fav (E J O'Grady)
2007 Sweet Kiln 8 11-3 T J Doyle 11/10Fav (Michael J Bowe)
2006 Celestial Wave 6 11-3 T J Murphy 11/4 (Adrian Maguire)
2005 Rosaker 8 11-8 P Carberry 7/1 (Noel Meade)
2004 Emotional Moment 7 11-9 B J Geraghty 4/1 (T J Taaffe)
2003 Sacundai 6 11-11 B J Geraghty 1/1Fav (E J O'Grady)
2002 Limestone Lad 10 11-11 P Carberry 4/6Fav (James Bowe)
2001 Bannow Bay 6 11-11 C F Swan 11/4 (C Roche)
2000 Bannow Bay 5 11-2 C F Swan 9/4Fav (C Roche)