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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Senior Again is the obvious starting point here, given his hurdle rating of 89, which compares favourably to his chase rating of 114. He's scored twice at the latter discipline and he's actually a handicap debutante in this sphere. If the market is positive there's little doubt Francis Flood's charge is the one to be on but we'll look elsewhere for an each-way hope. Dont Tell Pa and Shesonlyahorse both come here in top order but the handicapper isn't making it easy for them. Noble Pageant has run well the last twice but it's not proving easy for his connections to get him across the line in front for the first time. MISSIE ELLA could be worth chancing if the market proves positive. She was described in her time with Michael Halford as "a tall leggy filly" and Denis Hogan said recently in an Irish Field stable tour: "She is a fine big mare who has taken a lot of time. She ran okay in a couple of juvenile hurdles and as a result, she probably got a mark that is a bit above her. Hopefully, she'll find her own level and she'll jump a fence as well at some stage. She is a nice type of mare and I'd like to think that she will improve." Around a pretty easy track like Limerick, in a small field, with her rating on the slide, it'll be disappointing if Missie Ella can't show a bit more now.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-102
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-102
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Probable SP 5/2 Senior Again, 3/1 Dont Tell Pa, 9/2 Shesonlyahorse, 5/1 Noble Pageant, 8/1 Do The Bookies, 12/1 Henrietta's Way, 14/1 Cher Tel Me, 20/1 Missie Ella, 25/1 Miss Hansome.
2011 Luke's Benefit 9 10-6 Miss J M Mangan 7/2Fav (Denis Gerard Hogan)
2010 Mantell 9 10-3 Mrs A Dunn 5/1 (John J Walsh)
2009 Misty Island 8 10-1 Miss C J MacMahon 9/2 (A J McNamara)
2008 The Dew At Night 6 10-5 Miss C J MacMahon 7/1 (C Byrnes)
2007 Pine Valley 6 10-8 Ms K Walsh 8/1 (E McNamara)
2006 Pearl's A Singer 4 11-7 Miss K Hobbs 10/3Fav (E McNamara)
2005 The Fonze 4 11-13 N J O'Shea 1/1Fav (Eoin Doyle)