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Sat, 17th Nov, 2012

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www.punchestown.com Maiden Hurdle of £10,000.00 4-y-o

2m. 4f. 1st - £6,900.00 2nd - £1,700.00 3rd - £800.00 4th - £500.00 11 Declared Heavy (Soft To Heavy in Places) Fine


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - If you're like me, you flicked down through these runners with Minsk hasn't much to beat playing in your brain, until you came upon number eleven, GLENS MELODY. From a great family, Glens Melody is out of the nine time winner, Glens Music, she's a sister to useful stablemate Ceol Rua and a half-sister to Thursday's Clonmel scorer, Quietly Fancied. Three from three in bumpers, Glens Melody has looked a bit special, with Willie Mullins saying at one stage last year: "She's as good a mare as we've run this year. She's a sister to Ceol Rua and I'd say she's at least as good as her." Patrick Mullins commented after she won at Tipperary: "She's very special. She has an unbelievable turn of foot. She has it all and the sky's the limit for her." In a recent stable tour Willie Mullins remarked: "She's unbeaten in bumpers for us, winning three in a row, and has done everything right so far. Ready to start over hurdles and will turn up in a maiden soon. She's on to look forward to." Some of the press, particularly across the Irish Sea, seem to be obsessed with writing about Minsk. It's justifiable that there is a fair level of interest in the smart son of Dalakhani. However I'd take the mare, in receipt of 7Ibs and racing over two and a half miles, to have his measure on this occasion.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old only, maidens at starting
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old only, maidens at starting
Allowances - 11st 7lb; Fillies allowed 7lb

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00Corbally b g 11-7

Beneficial-Euro Magic

(1)(John P McManus)

J Motherway

M P Walsh

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0Diamond's First ch g 11-7

Presenting-Original Copy

(1)(John P McManus)

Edward P Harty

N P Madden

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-232Minsk b g 11-7


(1)(Barry Connell)

D T Hughes

B J Cooper

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ur6Over Presented b g 11-7

Presenting-Over It

(1)(Ms Anne Torrens)

Mervyn Torrens

M Darcy

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4Ravished b g 11-7

Oscar-Fair Present

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)

M F Morris

D N Russell

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60Silent Express b g 11-7


(1)(Miss J A Hogan)

M P Sunderland

M N Doran(5)

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4167Thats The Dream b g 11-7


(1)(Blue Horse Syndicate)

Robert Tyner

P T Enright

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320The Job Is Right gr g 11-7

With Approval-Common Request

(1)(Mrs Mary Devine)

Michael Hourigan

A P Heskin

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Annie Oakley b f 11-0

Westerner-Gaye Artiste

(Mrs G Galvin)

Mrs John Harrington

R M Power

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0579Four Wives b f 11-0

Presenting-Clonloo Lady

(1)(G O'Dowd)

Peter Fahey

D J Casey

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111Glens Melody b f 11-0

King's Theatre-Glens Music

(1)(Ms Fiona McStay)

W P Mullins

P Townend

Probable SP 2/5 Minsk, 9/4 Glens Melody, 12/1 Annie Oakley, 16/1 Ravished, 33/1 Thats The Dream, The Job Is Right, 50/1 Diamond's First, Corbally, Over Presented, Four Wives, Silent Express.

Previous Years
2011 Corbally Ghost 4 11-7 P Carberry 5/2 (Noel Meade)
2010 Zaidpour 4 11-7 P Townend 8/11Fav (W P Mullins)
2009 Summit Meeting 4 11-7 R M Power 9/4JFav (Mrs John Harrington)
2008 Tell Me The Story 4 11-2 Mr P Roche 33/1 (C Roche)
2007 Majestic Concorde 4 11-4 Mr R P McNamara 7/4Fav (D K Weld)
2006 Hotel Hilamar 5 11-12 P Carberry 1/1Fav (Noel Meade)
2005 Tazmana 4 10-11 A E Lynch 9/2 (J T R Dreaper)