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Formscan By Gary Carson - A tricky contest but HAPPY NEW YEAR is on a role and may prove worth following. He landed the first of a hat-trick of successes over three miles at Gowran Park but has been dropping back in trip since and the way he quickened away at Punchestown over two-and-a-half last time suggests that two furlongs less here should be no problem. He got another 8lb for his latest victory, making his total rise 17lb, but may just have another one in him. Mobile Sizer is an interesting runner pitched into this on only his third start. He took a Tipperary maiden hurdle on his jumps debut back in April and is open to plenty of improvement. A mark of 111 doesn't look too harsh here and market moves could be informative. Majestic Oak ran well back over hurdles at Navan last time and still looks on a decent mark over timber. He could run into a place while Blazing Sonnet has been running well recently and off a nice weight here could be involved.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-116
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-116
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Probable SP 5/1 Happy New Year, 8/1 Blazing Sonnet, Force Of Habit, 10/1 Mobile Sizer, 12/1 Mullaghwillin Boy, Dactik, Miss Accurate, King Malik, 14/1 Shariyan, Majestic Oak, Masked Phantom, 16/1 Six Stone Ned, The Boys Dont Know, Beneficial Spirit, Definite Knockoff, 20/1 Dibella, Ballyfinboy, Leggy Lad, 25/1 Sammy Black, Labeille, Ember Jack, Penny's Bill, Mac Tigue, 33/1 Andlau, Daggers Bond.
2011 Askthemaster 11 11-11 P T Enright 6/1 (Robert Tyner)
2010 Ned Of The Hill 4 11-2 Mr M J Doran 20/1 (Miss Martina Anne Doran)
2009 Bobs Display 5 10-7 Mr C Motherway 16/1 (C A Murphy)
2008 Jigalo 7 10-11 C O'Farrell 14/1 (Ms Joanna Morgan)
2007 Shazand 4 11-7 Andrew J McNamara 9/2Fav (E J O'Grady)
2006 Valley Of Giants 4 11-2 A D Leigh 10/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2005 Buck Whaley 5 10-11 D N Russell 7/2Fav (Jonjo O'Neill)
2004 Baron De Feypo 6 10-2 M F Mooney 20/1 (Patrick O Brady)
2003 Honest Yer Honour 7 11-5 B J Geraghty 3/1Fav (R J Osborne)
2002 Rare Ouzel 6 10-5 P Carberry 9/2 (A J Martin)
2001 The Culdee 5 11-1 F J Flood 9/1 (F Flood)
2000 Secret Native 5 10-7 D J Casey 20/1 (T J Taaffe)
1999 Tryphaena 4 10-5 P Carberry 9/2 (W P Mullins)
1998 Darbela 4 10-5 B M Cash 10/1 (A L T Moore)