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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - He's rated 121 over fences, he competes here off 101, so it isn't difficult to see why LOOKOUTNOW will be fancied by many. A hardy likeable type for a stable in form, the selection won an ordinary beginners chase at Downpatrick last time but he showed his prowess in this sphere too with back-to-back handicap hurdle wins around this time last year. You could envisage plenty of pace in this race and Eoin Doyle's Beneficial gelding is fancied to see it out best. As last time out winners, Followmeuptocarlow and Happy New Year (going for a hat-trick) have to be respected but they'll be priced accordingly. Handicap first-timer Fire Belt doesn't look over-burdened with a mark of 102. Brian Nolan also puts a tongue-strap on this seven-year-old for the initial occasion and with Ben Dalton claiming five pounds, a big performance seems assured.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-109
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-109
Riders - Winner of a hurdle after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Probable SP 7/2 Happy New Year, 5/1 Followmeuptocarlow, 11/2 Whatdreamsrmadeof, 8/1 Fire Belt, 10/1 Corbally, 11/1 Lady Olwyn, 12/1 Volkis O'Blue, Lookoutnow, 14/1 Bobsthewizard, Afram Blue, War, Alasty, Underdefloorboards, 20/1 Timaras Princess, 33/1 Paco Jack, Tulachsarain, Cherryantor.
2011 Kyle's Turn 9 11-6 E J O'Connell 16/1 (Mrs John B Ross)
2009 Colbert Station 5 10-6 R Walsh 3/1Fav (T M Walsh)
2008 Imaalhall 5 10-12 M P Walsh 9/2Fav (F Flood)
2007 Jak Dream 6 9-5 S W Jackson 20/1 (P J Rothwell)
2006 View Mount Prince 5 10-3 P A Carberry 10/3Fav (P Hughes)
2005 Charlies First 5 11-0 B J Geraghty 4/1Fav (Peter Casey)
2004 Tumbling Dice 5 11-4 B J Geraghty 100/30Fav (T J Taaffe)
2003 Joseph Vernet 6 10-3 G T Hutchinson 6/1 (Paul Nolan)
2002 Aimees Mark 6 10-12 F J Flood 8/1 (F Flood)
2001 Be My Case 6 10-3 B J Geraghty 11/2Fav (T J Taaffe)
2000 Ellenjay 6 11-2 C O'Dwyer 6/1 (A L T Moore)
1999 Lanturn 9 11-7 P A Carberry 11/4Fav (P Hughes)