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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - We'll take LETTER OF CREDIT to upstage rivals from bigger yards. When you consider that there are plenty of flat winners in his pedigree, it was hardly surprising that he failed to see out the two and three quarter mile trip on deep ground at Galway last time. At the finish he was fifteen lengths off Lyreen Legend, that's hardly a disgrace in any case, and going back to two two around the likes of Thurles should be ideal now. Letter Of Credit has experience of jumping the larger obstacles for a long time now and he first came on to my radar when third in a Lemonfield point-to-point behind no less a horse than Last Instalment, in March 2010. David Casey is booked for Gerry Lynch's charge now for the first time and he looks sure to go well. Darwins Fox got hurt badly at one stage in his career but he faces nothing of the calibre of Oscars Well here. He must have big hopes. Plan A is apparently held by Darwins Fox on that Punchestown form from the end of last month. Plenty are still keeping faith with big money buy, Savello. Perhaps they are right and we'll see how he goes in the betting. The four-year-old Darroun is getting a big weight allowance. He deserves the utmost of respect and Willie Mullins recently said of him: "He has schooled very well and makes a nice shape over his fences. He might not like winter ground but he's a big strong horse who could carry weight and should get a trip. If handling testing ground he could be more than alright."
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A steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards that have not won a steeplechase
Weights - A steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards that have not won a steeplechase
Allowances - 4-y-o 11st; 5-y-o and up 11st 12lb; Mares allowed 7lb;
Probable SP 3/1 Darroun, 7/2 Darwins Fox, 13/2 Plan A, 7/1 Savello, 8/1 Canaly, Mackeys Forge, 10/1 Pineau De Re, 12/1 He'llberemembered, 16/1 Battling Boru, Letter Of Credit, Pass The Hat, Lord Gale, 20/1 Sword Fish, 25/1 Others.
2011 Popcorn 8 11-12 Mr P W Mullins 11/4 (W P Mullins)
2010 The Hurl 7 11-12 N P Madden 8/1 (M F Morris)
2008 Cooldine 6 11-9 P Townend 6/4Fav (W P Mullins)
2007 Dark Artist 8 11-12 P Carberry 20/1 (Noel Meade)
2006 In The High Grass 5 11-9 N P Madden 7/1 (T J Taaffe)