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Mon, 31st Dec, 2012

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Follow Punchestown On Facebook Hurdle of £20,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 4f. 1st - £13,000.00 2nd - £4,000.00 3rd - £2,000.00 4th - £800.00 6 Declared Heavy Fine


Formscan By Gary Carson - SOLWHIT is obviously the class act here and although there have to be doubts surrounding him on his return from a long absence if he is anywhere near his best he'll beat these rivals. Charles Byrnes has said in the past that he doesn't take a lot of work to get him right so hopefully fitness shouldn't be an issue. A switch to chasing has been mooted for the eight-year-old and his performance here will most likely define the rest of his season. Staying Article has to give the selection 4lb and although he is probably the pick of the others that looks a big ask. He was put in his place by Midnight Game went an odds-on shot at Fairyhouse earlier this month but the winner is a classy sort and has been victorious again since. Simenon is another who was turned over at a short price last time. Heavy ground was the excuse then and with an inspection planned here surely the ground is not going to suit again. Solwhit's regular partner Davy Russell is on Bog Warrior for his employers. He was entitled to win as he did off a low rating in a handicap hurdle last time but this is a serious step up in grade over timber now and he would need to be equally as good over the smaller obstacles as he is over jumps to take this.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards, that have not won more than two hurdle races since 8th May, 2011
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards, that have not won more than two hurdle races since 8th May, 2011
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st; 5-y-o and up 11st 4lb; Mares allowed 7lb
Riders - (Handicaps excluded) to count from 8th May, 2011 Winner of a hurdle race 4lb extra; Of two hurdle races or one value more than E12,000 8lb extra

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6554Simenon 5,b g 11-12


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

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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3312Staying Article 7,b g 11-8

Definite Article-Sejour

(1)(Thomas Barr)
Rated 148

E J O'Grady

B J Geraghty

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13f1Bog Warrior 8,b g 11-4

Strategic Choice-Kilmac Princess

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 143

A J Martin

D N Russell

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2348Donnas Palm 8,gr g 11-4

Great Palm-Donna's Tarquin

(1)(Mr Ian Beach)
Rated 140

G L Moore

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3-36Fully Funded 7,b g 11-4

Aptitude-Fully Invested

(1)(More The Merrier Syndicate)
Rated 142

Noel Meade

P Carberry

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2-2-Solwhit 8,b g 11-4

Solon-Toowhit Towhee

(1)(Top Of The Hill Syndicate)

C Byrnes

A E Lynch

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2f52Belle Brook 8,b m 10-11

Alderbrook-River Lodge

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Mrs K A Cullen)

Michael Cullen

M N Doran(5)

Probable SP 10/11 Solwhit, 7/2 Bog Warrior, 5/1 Staying Article, 6/1 Simenon, 10/1 Fully Funded, 14/1 Donnas Palm, 25/1 Belle Brook.

Previous Years
2011 Mikael D'Haguenet 7 11-12 R Walsh 2/5Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Jumbo Rio 5 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 13/8Fav (E J O'Grady)
2009 Footy Facts 9 11-1 P T Enright 9/4 (Robert Tyner)
2008 Coolcashin 7 11-12 T J Doyle 10/1 (Michael J Bowe)
2007 Snowy Morning 7 11-12 R Walsh 8/13Fav (W P Mullins)
2006 Studmaster 6 11-4 T P Treacy 2/1JFav (Mrs John Harrington)
2005 Hardy Eustace 8 11-12 C O'Dwyer 1/8Fav (D T Hughes)
2004 Asian Maze 5 11-9 P Carberry 7/1 (P Mullins)
2003 Baily Mist 6 10-13 P Carberry 5/1 (M F Morris)
2002 The Guy 4 11-7 P Carberry 4/5Fav (M J P O'Brien)
2002 Ivan De Vonnas 6 12-0 C O'Dwyer 1/2Fav (A L T Moore)