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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.
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.
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)