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Fri, 28th Dec, 2012

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Star Best For Racing Christmas Rated Hurdle of £16,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £11,040.00 2nd - £2,720.00 3rd - £1,280.00 4th - £800.00 16 Declared Soft Overcast


Formscan By Gary Carson - A tricky looking contest and last year's winner and runner-up return to do battle. Quiscover Fontaine makes his seasonal reappearance and it's interesting to see that Tony McCoy is booked for the ride. He hasn't run since last season's Grand National and although the yard's runners rarely lack fitness wise the horse that he beat last year is just preferred. PIRES comes into this in great form having won a couple over fences. He's a tricky customer but his confidence will be high and conditions looks to suit him perfectly here as it's for horses rated on or below his mark of 123. Willie Mullins, who saddles Quiscover Fontaine, also looks to have an interesting contender in Supreme Carolina. She beat a good sort in Seefood when taking her maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan last May and although slightly disappointing back there afterwards she has ability and could get involved here. Dont Tell Pa's winning run came to an end at Thurles and he looks to face classier opposition now while Hit The Headlines showed some decent form in England but is maybe best watched on his first start here.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards that, at entry, are rated 123 or less
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards that, at entry, are rated 123 or less
Allowances - 4-y-o 10st 13lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 2lb; Mares allowed 7b
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;

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2108Casimir Road 4,b g 11-6

High Chaparral-Six Nations

(1)(Patrick G McKeon)
Rated 122

Stephen Ryan

P Carberry

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7-12Sizing Italy 5,b g 11-6

Milan-Julias Love

(1)(Ann & Alan Potts Partnership)
Rated 118

Henry De Bromhead

A E Lynch

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6490Chebona Bula 6,b g 11-2

Haafhd-Regrette Rien

(1)(Mrs P Doyle)
Rated 112

Eoin Doyle

M P Butler(5)

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1112Dont Tell Pa 5,b g 11-2

Oscar-Glacial Snowboard

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Mr David Brace)
Rated 117

D Brace

B R Dalton(5)

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321pEl Fontan 7,gr g 11-2


(1)(Kinneston Racing)
Rated 117

N W Alexander

B J Cooper

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2103Hide The Evidence 11,ch g 11-2

Carroll House-Andarta

(1)(Mrs Anne McElhone)
Rated 116

Mark Michael McNiff

B M Cash

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1-34Hit The Headlines 6,b g 11-2

Flemensfirth-Heather Breeze

(1)(Mr Keith F J Loads)
Rated 118

Miss C Fryer

B J Geraghty

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pp4pMoville 7,b g 11-2

Alhaarth-No Sugar Baby

(Tonguestrap,Cheekpiece)(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 123

Martin Brassil

M P Walsh

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1370Owennacurra Milan 7,b g 11-2

Milan-Aherla Vision

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Mrs B E Walsh)
Rated 120

Miss Mary Louise Hallahan

D J Condon

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9u05Persian Gayle 8,br g 11-2

Lord Americo-Hi Honey

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Wexlaois Syndicate)
Rated 118

Ross O'Sullivan

Andrew J McNamara

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5311Pires 8,br g 11-2

Generous-Kaydee Queen

(1)(Mrs E A Lawlor)
Rated 123

A J Martin

R M Moran

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1-0fQuiscover Fontaine 8,b g 11-2

Antarctique-Blanche Fontaine

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 123

E Bolger

A P McCoy

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4p62Rocky Wednesday 5,b g 11-2

Rock Of Gibraltar-Tuesday Morning

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 120

Gordon Elliott

D N Russell

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p344Wilde Wit Pleasure 9,b g 11-2

Oscar-Be My Pleasure

(1)(Sean O O'Brien)
Rated 119

Sean O O'Brien

J R Barry

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-214Supreme Carolina 5,b f 10-13


(1)(Supreme Horse Racing Club)
Rated 119

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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00p8What A Charm 5,b f 10-9

Key Of Luck-Atalina

(Cheekpiece)(1)(C Jones)
Rated 122

A L T Moore

G Malone(7)

Probable SP 7/2 Supreme Carolina, 6/1 Quiscover Fontaine, 7/1 Pires, 8/1 What A Charm, Dont Tell Pa, Rocky Wednesday, 10/1 Hit The Headlines, 12/1 El Fontan, Sizing Italy, Casimir Road, 16/1 Moville, Owennacurra Milan, Persian Gayle, 25/1 Chebona Bula, Hide The Evidence, 33/1 Wilde Wit Pleasure.

Previous Years
2011 Quiscover Fontaine 7 11-2 A P McCoy 9/4Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Hurricane Fly 6 11-10 P Townend 8/11Fav (W P Mullins)
2009 Sword Fish 3 11-0 A P McCoy 3/1Fav (C Roche)