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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Chances aplenty here but we'll pin our hopes on RARE BOB being primed to go well. Dessie Hughes said of him in an Irish Field stable tour last October: "He has won a Grade 1 and a Grade A chase for us and he was unlucky in the Aintree National last April when he was brought down by a jockey. It happened at the fifth fence but he had been jumping beautifully and enjoying himself. He'll head back to Liverpool and he'll have the same kind of preparation as last year. We'll start him off in the Bobbyjo. He is the right age for the race and is one to look forward to." The market will guide with Rare Bob but he is attractively weighted in this sphere and he has more class than any of his rivals.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 81-123
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 81-123
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 4lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Probable SP 3/1 Away We Go, 6/1 Drawn N Drank, 7/1 Benevolent, Rare Bob, Sherika, 8/1 Carries Darling, 10/1 Sands Cove, 12/1 Paddy Pub, Galant Ferns, Jupitor, Cyprusormilan, Mazuri Cowboy, 14/1 Wicklow Lad, 16/1 Missgiloney, 20/1 Vincent Row, Red Calima.
2012 Prince Of Forwards 8 10-6 A P Crowe 25/1 (P Hughes)
2011 Concrete And Clay 7 11-3 D J Casey 7/2 (Charles O'Brien)
2010 Glenview Leader 8 11-4 R Walsh 9/2 (John Queally)
2009 Afterburn 10 10-10 A P Cawley 10/1 (Daniel Miley)
2008 Nobregemar 7 10-9 Andrew J McNamara 4/1 (Donal Coffey)
2007 Out In Front 8 11-3 T G M Ryan 12/1 (Oliver McKiernan)
2006 Bally Scanlon 7 10-8 Mr P J Crowley 10/1 (George J Kent)
2005 Native Heights 7 10-10 B J Geraghty 6/1 (T J Taaffe)
2004 Paddys Girl 7 10-7 Mr M Darcy 8/1 (E Sheehy)
2003 Yogi 7 10-7 G Cotter 8/1 (Thomas Foley)
2002 Snowy Ford 5 10-3 J L Cullen 16/1 (Paul Nolan)
2001 Burrendale Lodge 5 10-2 C F Swan 5/2Fav (P Hughes)
2000 Moral Support 8 11-11 C O'Dwyer 13/2 (M F Morris)
1999 Storming Ahead 7 11-6 P Carberry 5/2Fav (E J O'Grady)