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Sun, 16th Dec, 2012

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Tara Hurdle (Grade 2) of £37,500.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 4f. 1st - £24,375.00 2nd - £7,500.00 3rd - £3,750.00 4th - £1,500.00 5 Declared Heavy Fine


Formscan By Gary Carson - A tricky contest and UN BEAU MATIN may prove the pick. The four-year-old looks progressive and there was a lot to like about the way he won at Punchestown last month. He stays well and handles this ground so conditions are not a problem. He should again hold Owega Star, who was second to him last time, despite being 4lb worse off with that rival. The ground was blamed for Simenon's tame performance as he finished a moderate fourth in that race when sent off 1/3 favourite. He comes out best on official ratings here but the ground is going to be as testing if not worse today so it's hard to fancy him. Whatuthink benefitted from a great front-running ride when beating Voler La Vedette here last month and it may be dangerous to take that form too literally. Muirhead didn't look the force of old over hurdles at Thurles on his last start while Sailors Warn returns from a break and is maybe best watched as he doesn't look particularly well treated at the weights.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st 1lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 5lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (to count from 1st December, 2010) Winner of three hurdle races or a Grade 3 hurdle race 3lb extra; Of two Grade 3 hurdle races or a Grade 2 hurdle race 5lb extra; Of a Grade 1 hurdle race 7lb extra;

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3053Sailors Warn 5,b g 11-10

Redback-Coral Dawn

(1)(Mr Phil Slater)
Rated 144

Ronald Thompson

B J Geraghty

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4051Whatuthink 10,ch g 11-10

Presenting-Glen's Encore

(Tonguestrap,Visor)(1)(Redgap Partnership)
Rated 149

Oliver McKiernan

T J Doyle

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4910Maller Tree 5,b g 11-5

Karinga Bay-Annaberg

(1)(Favourites Racing Ltd)
Rated 135

David Dennis

R M Power

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-614Muirhead 9,b g 11-5


(1)(Mrs P Sloan)
Rated 145

S R B Crawford

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4632Owega Star 5,br g 11-5

Basanta-Los Monteros

(1)(Anthony Callan)
Rated 135

Peter Fahey

A D Leigh

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6554Simenon 5,b g 11-5


(1)(Wicklow Bloodstock(Ireland)Ltd)
Rated 147

W P Mullins

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2p21Un Beau Matin 4,gr g 11-1


(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 135

Gordon Elliott

D N Russell

Probable SP 7/4 Simenon, 9/2 Whatuthink, 5/1 Muirhead, 6/1 Un Beau Matin, 7/1 Sailors Warn, 10/1 Owega Star, 12/1 Maller Tree.

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2011 Zaidpour 5 11-12 R Walsh 1/3Fav (W P Mullins)
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