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BESS Ball 16th of February Handicap Hurdle of £14,500.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £10,005.00 2nd - £2,465.00 3rd - £1,160.00 4th - £725.00 11 Declared Heavy Overcast


Formscan By Gary Carson - Tim Carroll gets a great tune out of Speed Dial but trainer Pat Hughes has said in the past that he just about gets two miles and needs an easy track. The notorious stiff finish here may just find him out. MATSUKAZE sprinted clear of his field when making his handicap debut at Navan last month and the handicapper has hit him with a stone for that effort. He looks capable of defying that rise given the style of his victory and the fact that he looks open to more improvement. Beneficial Spirit could be a danger off a nice mark back over hurdles. He won off 107 over fences last time and the trainer reported that he had blown up on his previous hurdles outing having missed work due to injury. He's off a mark of 114 over fences now so his rating of 100 over timber is obviously tempting. Tennis Cap was sent off favourite for an ultra competitive heat at Leopardstown last time but never really got into contention. He commands respect here, however, and has been dropped a pound for that run.

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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards (130 = 11st 10lb)
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four 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 hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.

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p6-6Dul Ar An Ol 12,b g 11-7

Perugino-Sprint For Gold

(1)(Rockview Racing Club)
Rated 121

John C McConnell

M J Bolger(3)

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4p0-Moville 8,b g 11-6

Alhaarth-No Sugar Baby

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 120

Martin Brassil

M P Walsh

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50-1Beneficial Spirit 10,b g 10-0

Beneficial-Ballinard Sarah

(1)(Glenanail Syndicate)
Rated 100

P J Rothwell

A Ring(7)

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p60-Rory Anna 7,b f 11-2

Viking Ruler-Montana Miss

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Mrs W M Fitzpatrick)
Rated 116

Michael Winters

B T O'Connell

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14-1Speed Dial 8,b g 10-7

Medicean-Trois Heures Apres

(1)(Mrs P Hughes)
Rated 107

P Hughes

T C Carroll(5)

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071-Matsukaze 6,b g 11-4

Norwich-The Bowlers Boreen

(1)(Mrs Kathleen McGoldrick)
Rated 118

A J Martin

P Carberry

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f1u-Courageous Cry 5,b g 11-2


(1)(Mrs Claire Doyle)
Rated 118

Timothy Doyle

M P Burke(7)

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605-Labeille 6,b f 10-9

Laveron-Sopran Biro

(1)(David Jordan)
Rated 109

Edward P Harty

D J Casey

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-8f-El Mondo 7,b g 11-5

Lost World-Haiya

(1)(Mr A Honeyball)
Rated 119

Miss R A Green

N P Madden

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710-Tennis Cap 6,b g 11-1

Snow Cap-Jijie

(1)(Mrs Violet O'Leary)
Rated 115

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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19s/Vics Canvas 10,b g 10-11

Old Vic-Oilpainting

(1)(Bodeen Bandits Partnership)
Rated 111

Dermot Anthony McLoughlin

C D Maxwell(3)

Probable SP 11/8 Matsukaze, 6/1 Tennis Cap, 7/1 Speed Dial, 8/1 Beneficial Spirit, 10/1 Labeille, 12/1 Vics Canvas, Courageous Cry, 14/1 Dul Ar An Ol, 16/1 El Mondo, 20/1 Moville, 25/1 Rory Anna.

Previous Years
2012 Pass The Hat 5 11-3 B M Cash 6/1 (A L T Moore)
2011 Benash 7 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 8/1 (John G Carr)
2010 Four Chimneys 9 11-7 A D Leigh 9/2 (W J Austin)
2009 Prudent Honour 7 11-4 A P Thornton 2/1Fav (Thomas Cooper)