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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - GENTLEMAN DUKE, for the sponsor, seems the obvious way to go. Experience should prove crucial for the son of Bachelor Duke, now with five hurdling runs to his name. It is no harm to see Gareth Malone booked for the ride either. He endeared himself to favourite backers at Clonmel in September, when keeping the partnership intact at the last, after Drumlister made a potentially disastrous blunder. Despite being a beaten favourite in an ordinary affair last time, Gentleman Duke really should be getting off the mark now. He is assessed a 116-horse and in fairness the Cork third placing from three weeks back was coming after a break. Progression on Sammy Black's Galway debut effort would see him challenging for a place in the frame in this. Colley Row's Listowel bumper placing would entitle him to consideration too whilst the newcomers Brave Soldier (a half-brother to Ponmeoath) and Foolish Notions could be okay in time.
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A hurdle race for four and five yrs old only, maidens at starting
Weights - A hurdle race for four and five yrs old only, maidens at starting
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st 9lb; 5-y-o 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Probable SP 11/8 Gentleman Duke, 6/1 Sammy Black, 13/2 Jonathan Wild, 8/1 Colley Row, 14/1 Diamondgeezer Luke, 16/1 Maguire's Glen, Brave Soldier, 25/1 Goodtime Boy, Bullet Street, Foolish Notions, Kauto Mill Rose, Courageous Cry, Alpha And Omega, Milestone Miss, 33/1 Crowned Supreme, Gone Wrong.
2011 Jenari 4 11-7 P F Mangan 2/5Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2010 Carloswayback 5 11-8 M N Doran 5/6Fav (Paul Nolan)
2009 Quinola Des Obeaux 5 11-10 E Mullins 8/11Fav (W P Mullins)
2008 Away We Go 5 11-10 E F Power 7/1 (Timothy Cleary)
2007 Schindler's Gold 5 11-8 A B Joyce 11/8Fav (T J Taaffe)
2006 Streetshavenoname 5 11-12 S M McGovern 3/1JFav (T J Taaffe)
2005 Beautiful Vision 5 11-12 S M McGovern 7/4Fav (T J Taaffe)