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Formscan By Thomas Weekes - COLBERT STATION is of obvious interest in a qualifier race where long-term plots are traditionally made. The selection is an Aintree National candidate but still looks very well treated over hurdles (second to handicap blot Roi Du Mee on his latest hurdle start). He possesses more than enough ability to win this and gain a rise to get into the weights for a (guessing) tilt at the Final at Cheltenham. Fahamore has been in great form and can still prove competitive on his hat-trick bid while Dushrembrandt, who skipped the Christmas period, will be suited by the test of stamina. Blissful Moment steps up in trip and appears the pick of Noel Meade's trio on jockey bookings. Coole Avenue was just behind the selection over hurdles at Navan but disappointed since while last year's Series Final runner-up Catch Me is best watched for the time being.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 4lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Long Handicap Ardboe Abbey 9-10, Katys Girl 9-10.
Probable SP 5/2 Colbert Station, 5/1 Fahamore, 13/2 Blissful Moment, 8/1 Royal Reveille, 10/1 Dushrembrandt, 12/1 Oscars Business, 14/1 Medical Card, Fully Funded, 16/1 Berties Dream, Civena, 20/1 Coole Avenue, Sir Vincent, Seriatim, One Cool Shabra, 25/1 Catch Me, Boland's Corner, Medicinal Compound, 33/1 Novarov, Galant Ferns, Shabra Charity, 50/1 Bridgets Pet, 66/1 Others.
2012 Cootamundra 9 10-8 R M Moran 14/1 (J A Berry)
2011 Square Sphere 8 10-4 P T Enright 10/1 (Robert Tyner)
2010 Badgerlaw 10 11-4 A D Leigh 7/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2009 Dashing George 7 9-11 P W Flood 4/1JFav (E McNamara)
2008 What's In Front 7 9-10 A E Lynch 40/1 (Liam McAteer)
2007 Contessa Messina 7 9-13 A D Leigh 20/1 (M F Morris)
2006 Dead Sound 6 10-6 B J Geraghty 9/2 (T J Taaffe)
2005 Supreme Peace 7 10-3 K T Coleman 4/1 (F Flood)
2004 Shivermetimber 6 9-1 A B Joyce 7/2JFav (F Flood)
2003 Keepatem 7 11-0 D J Casey 11/2 (M F Morris)