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Formscan By Gary Carson - EXPANDING UNIVERSE didn't give his true running on his hurdling debut over Christmas and is worth another chance here. Having been sent off favourite then he dropped away tamely from two out after being prominent. The Galileo gelding was reported as post race normal but surely something had to be amiss and he's much better than that judged on his previous bumper form. Morning Assembly ran well to chase home Sizing Gold at Leopardstown over Christmas. The race didn't look to have much strength in depth but he could be a player here given improvement. Mr Groocock looked decent when winning a Clonmel bumper on his debut but hasn't impressed with his jumping since going over hurdles and needs a more polished display today. Fergiethelegend unshipped his jockey as they jumped off last time but ran a cracker at Punchestown in late October when just going down by a neck. He looks like he needs a trip though and this drop back probably isn't ideal.
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A hurdle race for six yrs old and upwards, maidens at starting, that are E.B.F. eligible and which have not run as a two or three yr old under Rules of Racing
Weights - A hurdle race for six yrs old and upwards, maidens at starting, that are E.B.F. eligible and which have not run as a two or three yr old under Rules of Racing
Allowances - 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Probable SP 11/4 Morning Assembly, 9/2 Mr Groocock, 5/1 Fergiethelegend, 6/1 Expanding Universe, 7/1 Kashline, 14/1 Presenting Lol, Mad Brian, 16/1 Jamies Benefit, Stoney, 20/1 Fureys Cross, Me And Ben, 25/1 Crowded Room, Sterling Stuff, 33/1 Petit Garson, Jabus, Austerity Measures, Ournativecity, Arctic Trail, 50/1 Asktheyank, West Council, Glen Gyle, Tudor Fashion.
2012 Marasonnien 6 11-12 P Townend 4/7Fav (W P Mullins)
2011 Old McDonald 6 11-12 R M Power 8/1 (N F Glynn)
2010 Case Study 7 11-12 D N Russell 7/1 (W J Burke)
2009 Who's Deal 7 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 12/1 (Gerard J O'Keeffe)