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Wed, 26th Dec, 2012

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Bookmakers Bar At Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown Maiden Hurdle of £11,000.00 4-y-o

2m. 1st - £7,590.00 2nd - £1,870.00 3rd - £880.00 4th - £550.00 14 Declared Yielding to Soft (soft in places) Raining


Formscan By Gary Carson - It was disappointing that NED BUNTLINE didn't get off the mark over hurdles first time given the esteem with which he is held by connections but he can right that wrong now. Noel Meade declared that the Refuse To Bend gelding was the best he had had for a while after his bumper success and it wasn't surprising he was so short for his jumping debut. The trainer felt afterwards that a lack of schooling coupled with the 2m2f trip may have counted against him at Fairyhouse and he will surely be hoping that he can show his true colours now. He faces a couple of decent rivals. Dermot Weld generally does well with the horses he sends over jumps and Notable Graduate has to be a big contender here. The Galileo gelding only failed by a short-head to land a Listed race last season and while he maybe didn't show the same form this term he still ran to a decent level and is useful addition to this game. Urano ran a cracker on his Irish debut when pushing a smart sort in Ally Cascade close at Thurles and he has to be bang in the mix on that run. The French import was unbeaten in three Flat starts in his homeland and obviously has plenty of ability. Another interesting runner here to take note of, maybe with the future in mind, is point-to-point recruit Grey Monk, who was impressive on his sole start at Largy back in the spring.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old only, maidens at starting
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old only, maidens at starting
Allowances - 11st 7lb; Fillies allowed 7lb;

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0765Alpha And Omega b g 11-7

Arakan-Dry Lightning

(1)(Woodlands Racing Syndicate)

Charles Coakley

B F Cawley(7)

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2Born In Fire b g 11-7


(Tonguestrap)(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)

M F Morris

R M Power

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1Grey Monk gr g 11-7

Alderbrook-Thats The Bother

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Mr N Ender)

Miss S Ender

A E Lynch

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0088Military Bowl b g 11-7

Mr Greeley-Turtle Bow

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Bowled Over Syndicate)
Rated 116

A J Martin

M P Walsh

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212Ned Buntline b g 11-7

Refuse To Bend-Intrum Morshaan

(1)(John P McManus)

Noel Meade

P Carberry

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2634Notable Graduate b g 11-7

Galileo-Market Slide

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Chanelle Phar Ltd )

D K Weld

Mr R P McNamara

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4532Pivot Bridge ch g 11-7


(1)(D Daly)

Adrian McGuinness

D E Splaine(5)

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2Urano b g 11-7


(1)(Mrs M McMahon)

W P Mullins

P Townend

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0Westerners Son b g 11-7

Westerner-Perfect Prospect

(1)(Michael J Slattery)

Dermot Anthony McLoughlin

C M Walsh(7)

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5599Cnocan Diva b f 11-0

Danehill Dancer-Dancing Diva

(1)(John Breslin)

A J Martin

D J Casey

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006Lady Temptress b f 11-0

High Chaparral-Causeway Song

(1)(Lady Temptress Partnership)

Mrs John Harrington

A D Leigh

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77f9Monahans Girl b f 11-0

Redback-Lucky Lynsey

(1)(Patrick Monahan)
Rated 95

S Slevin

P T Enright

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-424New River b f 11-0

Montjeu-Quiet Waters

(1)(Martin Clarke)

D T Hughes

B J Cooper

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0u80Profoundly b f 11-0


(1)(Sean McNamara)

D McNamara

K T Coleman

Probable SP 9/4 Ned Buntline, 3/1 Notable Graduate, 7/2 Urano, 13/2 Grey Monk, 8/1 Born In Fire, 16/1 Lady Temptress, Pivot Bridge, Military Bowl, 25/1 New River, Cnocan Diva, 33/1 Westerners Son, Alpha And Omega, Monahans Girl, 50/1 Profoundly.

Previous Years
2011 Midnight Game 4 11-7 D N Russell 11/10Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Hidden Universe 4 11-7 Mr R P McNamara 4/11Fav (D K Weld)
2009 Whodoyouthink 4 11-7 P W Flood 5/2Fav (Oliver McKiernan)
2008 Voler La Vedette 4 10-11 M M O'Connor 4/1 (C A Murphy)
2007 Taravada 4 11-4 A D Leigh 9/4Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2006 Hot Port 4 11-7 B J Geraghty 10/1 (E McNamara)
2005 Finger Onthe Pulse 4 11-4 S M McGovern 4/1 (T J Taaffe)
2004 Queen Astrid 4 11-2 G T Hutchinson 9/4Fav (D K Weld)
2003 Piercing Sun 4 11-2 P G Murphy 6/1 (Anthony Mullins)
2002 Mullacash 4 11-7 P Carberry 2/1Fav (Noel Meade)
2001 Thari 4 11-7 P Carberry 3/1 (Noel Meade)
2000 Bob Justice 4 11-7 G Cotter 8/1 (T M Walsh)
1999 John Magical 4 11-7 J F Titley 5/2Fav (Martin Brassil)
1998 Colonial Sunset 4 11-2 D J Casey 6/1 (Brian Nolan)