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Sat, 9th Feb, 2013

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Deloitte Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) of £80,000.00 5-y-o plus

2m. 2f. 1st - £52,000.00 2nd - £16,000.00 3rd - £8,000.00 4th - £3,200.00 8 Declared Hdle/Bmp: Soft, yielding in places Chase: Soft to heavy, heavy in places Fine


Formscan By Gary Carson - CHAMPAGNE FEVER wasn't right after his run at Naas and it was no surprise to find that out after he folded very tamely. Last season's Cheltenham bumper winner was having his third start over hurdles having won a small race on his debut at Cork before finishing second to Jezki in the Royal Bond. Subsequent events having shown that run to be top-class and it was noted that connections felt the winner may just have gotten the run of the race then. There is no doubt that at his best Champagne Fever is a top notch performer. Waaheb also had to play second fiddle to Jezki here over Christmas and was beaten a good bit further than the selection. He should have the measure again of Bright New Dawn, who was back in third then. Minsk is an interesting one. The desperate ground at Naas last time was against him and he travelled best of all in the Royal Bond before fading in the closing stages. If the ground continues to dry out it would be in his favour.

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A novice hurdle race for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - A novice hurdle race for five yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 5-y-o 11st 9lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 10lb; Mares allowed 7lb;

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501-Buthelezi 5,b g 11-9


(1)(Westbourne Racing Club 1 & Brian Ellis)

B Ellison

D F O'Regan

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14-2Minsk 5,b g 11-9


(Tonguestrap)(1)(Barry Connell)
Rated 142

D T Hughes

D E Mullins

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-12-Waaheb 6,b g 11-10

Elusive Quality-Nafisah

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 145

D K Weld

M P Walsh

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12-Umpact 5,b g 11-9

Voix Du Nord-Niponne

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 133

A J Martin

A E Lynch

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713-Bright New Dawn 6,br g 11-10

Presenting-Shuil Dorcha

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 142

Gordon Elliott

D N Russell

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414-Wingtips 5,gr g 11-9

High Chaparral-Without Shoes

(1)(Sheila Moffett)
Rated 140

A J Martin

B J Cooper

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7f-1Legal Exit 6,ch g 11-10

Exit To Nowhere-New Legislation

(1)(Miss Mary Samworth)
Rated 137

Tom Lacey

R M Power

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12-3Champagne Fever 6,gr g 11-10

Stowaway-Forever Bubbles

(1)(Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 148

W P Mullins

P Townend

Probable SP 7/4 Champagne Fever, 3/1 Waaheb, 6/1 Bright New Dawn, 7/1 Buthelezi, 8/1 Minsk, 10/1 Legal Exit, 14/1 Umpact, 20/1 Wingtips.

Previous Years
2012 Benefficient 6 11-10 B J Cooper 50/1 (A J Martin)
2011 Oscars Well 6 11-10 R M Power 7/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2010 Dunguib 7 11-10 B T O'Connell 3/10Fav (Philip Fenton)
2009 Pandorama 6 11-10 P Carberry 6/4 (Noel Meade)
2008 Forpadydeplasterer 6 11-10 D N Russell 11/4 (Thomas Cooper)
2007 Aran Concerto 6 11-10 P Carberry 4/6Fav (Noel Meade)
2006 Mr Nosie 5 11-7 P Carberry 11/10Fav (Noel Meade)
2005 Royal Paradise 5 11-7 M A Fitzgerald 4/5Fav (Thomas Foley)
2004 Brave Inca 6 11-10 B M Cash 13/2 (C A Murphy)
2003 Solerina 6 11-5 P Carberry 11/10Fav (James Bowe)
2002 Like-A-Butterfly 8 11-6 C F Swan 1/1Fav (C Roche)
2001 Colonel Braxton 6 11-6 K A Kelly 6/4Fav (D T Hughes)
2000 Youlneverwalkalone 6 11-13 C O'Dwyer 8/13Fav (C Roche)
1999 Alexander Banquet 6 11-13 R Walsh 1/2Fav (W P Mullins)