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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
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.
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)