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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - I took five against the field in the Thyestes at Gowran on Thursday and still didn't manage to come up with any of the first three so maybe it's fool-hardy to select just two, out of a much bigger field in thirty here. Anyway there's no doubt that Inis Meain has been laid out for this and that he has a huge chance with a bit of luck in running. Rated 99 on the level, the American-bred is on a very attractive 120 in this sphere and if he can improve to the same degree at this game, well then he could be thrown in here. Fair enough, his entry in the Champion Hurdle looks highly ambitious but KING OF QUEENS is a big player here. Firstly he has a good record at this track (admittedly without winning), secondly Tom Mullins goes with cheek-pieces now, to squeeze out that little bit more improvement, and he's also booked Andrew Lynch. It looks almost certain that a big performance is in the offing.
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the fifth E3,000 and the sixth E2,000 An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 0-145
Weights - the fifth E3,000 and the sixth E2,000 An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 0-145
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race or hurdle races after calculation of the handicap shall carry any penalty or penalties which may be allotted by the Handicapper.
Probable SP 5/1 Inis Meain, 8/1 Ted Veale, King Of Queens, 12/1 Shadow Catcher, Gentleman Duke, 14/1 Flying Light, Leah Claire, Abbey Lane, Hit The Headlines, 16/1 Forty Foot Tom, Citizenship, Edeymi, Joxer, Burn And Turn, Loch Ard, 20/1 Rattan, Il Fenomeno, Whodoyouthink, Saint Gervais, Munsaab, Thomas Edison, Discoteca, Mallowney, Sportsmaster, 33/1 Rocky Wednesday, First Impressions, Silver Friend, Peak Raider, 50/1 Decade Player, De Valira.
2012 Citizenship 6 10-3 R M Power 10/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2011 Final Approach 5 10-9 P Townend 6/1 (W P Mullins)
2010 Puyol 8 10-10 J L Cullen 16/1 (J E Mulhern)
2009 Penny's Bill 7 9-9 S W Flanagan 50/1 (Miss Elizabeth Doyle)
2008 Barker 7 10-6 T J Murphy 10/1 (James M Barrett)
2007 Spring The Que 8 10-3 P T Enright 16/1 (Robert Tyner)
2006 Studmaster 6 10-3 T P Treacy 12/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2005 Essex 5 10-8 B J Geraghty 5/1Fav (M J P O'Brien)
2004 Dromlease Express 6 10-4 J M Allen 6/1JFav (C Byrnes)
2003 Xenophon 7 10-11 M A Fitzgerald 12/1 (A J Martin)
2002 Adamant Approach 8 11-1 R Walsh 8/1 (W P Mullins)
2001 Grinkov 6 10-7 C F Swan 11/2Fav (P Hughes)
2000 Mantles Prince 6 9-12 F M Berry 12/1 (P Hughes)
1999 Archive Footage 7 11-8 D T Evans 25/1 (D K Weld)