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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - If the eight of these go to post, SCHOLARS MATE would be an attractive each-way proposition. Winner of a good handicap hurdle at Down Royal three years ago off 116, he begins life in this sphere off 105. With Harley Dunne booked to claim 7Ib, the Shernazar gelding will have the 'postage-stamp' of nine stone six on his back. Other pluses are the fact that Scholars Mate's trainer, Dot Love has her team in good form and it's also entirely possible that the eleven-year-old, previously with Colm Murphy and Willie Mullins, will come on a bit for the addition of cheek-pieces. None of these would exactly cause a shock were they to come home in front with course winners Dancing Tornado, Ponmeoath and Doctor Woodfield, in particular, noted.
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An extended handicap steeplechase for ten yrs old and upwards (130 = 11st 10lb)
Weights - An extended handicap steeplechase for ten yrs old and upwards (130 = 11st 10lb)
Allowances - Top weight in the original handicap shall; not be less than 11st 10lb
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase after calculation of the handicap to carry 4lb extra for each such steeplechase won. Any horse rated above 130 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 11st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 130 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted to that horse.
Probable SP 5/2 Dancing Tornado, 7/2 Jadanli, 4/1 Scholars Mate, 7/1 Prince Of Leisure, 8/1 Mister Farmer, Ponmeoath, 12/1 Doctor Woodfield, 20/1 Florida Express.
2011 Kilbane River 10 9-5 A P Heskin 4/1 (Joseph Quinn)
2010 For A Finish 7 10-12 J L Cullen 7/1 (Eoin Doyle)
2009 Paddy Pub 6 11-12 P Townend 13/8Fav (Kieran Purcell)
2008 Harbour View 9 10-6 P T Enright 7/2Fav (Patrick Joseph Hayes)
2007 On You Go 6 10-11 A P Crowe 3/1Fav (Eugene M O'Sullivan)
2006 Ride The Storm 9 11-4 J R Barry 14/1 (E J O'Grady)
2005 A New Story 7 9-8 Ms N Carberry 7/4Fav (Michael Hourigan)