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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - It seems amazing after showing up so prominently on so many occasions that CELTIC WISH is still a maiden after 23 starts. Now a ten-year-old, the Beneficial gelding has always looked a type capable of picking up a few races and it must be of some significance to see Patrick and Willie Mullins have a go with him at this stage. He was trained up until now by Ger Mullins (a cousin to Willie that excelled with Bachelor Affair) at Duninga and it will be fascinating to see if the switch can work the oracle. Kevin McDonogh has knocked a great tune from Shesonlyahorse in recent times and she again has a good chance of at least making the frame. Miranour was well-punted 'up North,' when second on St Stephen's Day, and with Andrew Lynch booked, he'll likely go close again. Others have to be considered too, principally Crocus Bay, Popmurphy and Crouching Harry.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-109 that have not won a hurdle race before 29th April, 2012
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-109 that have not won a hurdle race before 29th April, 2012
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Probable SP 5/2 Celtic Wish, 4/1 Popmurphy, 9/2 Crocus Bay, 6/1 Miranour, 13/2 Crouching Harry, 8/1 Shesonlyahorse, 14/1 Tinas Exhibition, 16/1 Supreme Bob, 25/1 Sean Og Katy.
2012 Spring Wine 8 9-12 I J McCarthy 8/1 (P J Rothwell)
2011 Ephorus 6 11-11 T J Doyle 4/5Fav (John Joseph Hanlon)
2010 Chebona Bula 4 11-5 J R Barry 5/2Fav (Eoin Doyle)
2009 Porto Calero 5 11-2 P A Gallagher 20/1 (William Coleman O'Brien)
2008 Major Sensation 6 11-3 D J Casey 11/10Fav (A L T Moore)
2007 My True Romance 6 10-5 A B Joyce 7/1 (Shane Joseph Kelly)
2006 Fadie's Island 6 9-13 T Molloy 16/1 (Seamus Fahey)
2005 Culrua Mist 7 11-2 M Darcy 5/2Fav (E Sheehy)
2004 Paddys Girl 7 10-13 J R Barry 4/1 (E Sheehy)