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Racing Post Hurdle (Grade 3 Handicap) (Class 1) of £100,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 110yds. 1st - £56,950.00 2nd - £21,370.00 3rd - £10,700.00 4th - £5,330.00 18 Declared Soft


Darlan 5,br g 11-12


(220)(Mr John P McManus)
Rated 151

Nicky Henderson

A P McCoy

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Snap Tie 10,b g 11-12

Pistolet Bleu-Aries Girl

(209)(Mrs Diana L Whateley)
Rated 151

Philip Hobbs

R Johnson

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Prospect Wells 7,b g 11-7

Sadler's Wells-Brooklyn's Dance

(9)(Andrea & Graham Wylie)
Rated 146

Paul Nicholls

Harry Derham(7)

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Moon Dice 7,b g 11-6

Norwich-Ella Come Back

(16)(Three Friers Cross Syndicate)
Rated 145

Paul W Flynn

T J O'Brien

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Blue Bajan 10,b g 11-5

Montjeu-Gentle Thoughts

(37)(Dr John Hollowood)
Rated 144

David O'Meara

T J Murphy

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Rattan 7,ch g 11-3

Royal Anthem-Rouwaki

(36)(J A Coleman)
Rated 142

W P Mullins

D E Mullins

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Cash And Go 5,b g 11-2


(281)(Mrs Robert Watson)
Rated 141

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Bothy 6,ch g 11-1

Pivotal-Villa Carlotta

(33)(Dan Gilbert & Jessica Bell)
Rated 140

B Ellison

Danny Cook

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Cause Of Causes 4,b g 11-0

Dynaformer-Angel In My Heart

(12)(John P McManus)
Rated 134

Gordon Elliott

D J Condon

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Domination 5,b g 10-11


(58)(Ms C Cleary)
Rated 136

C Byrnes

R J Jones(3)

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Constant Contact 5,b g 10-11

Passing Glance-Floriana

(31)(Delboy & Rodney)
Rated 136

Charlie Longsdon

J M Maguire

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Kazlian 4,b g 10-11

Sinndar-Quiet Splendor

(219)(Twelve Pipers Piping)
Rated 136

Johnny Farrelly

T Scudamore

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Olofi 6,gr g 10-11

Slickly-Dona Bella

(248)(McNeill Family)
Rated 136

Tom George

P J Brennan

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Vendor 4,gr g 10-11

Kendor-Village Rainbow

(22)(Thurloe 52)
Rated 136

Alan King

R Thornton

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One Cool Shabra 4,b g 10-10

One Cool Cat-Behrasia

(17)(Miss Rita Shah)
Rated 135

Anthony McCann

R P Treacy(7)

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Ted Spread 5,b g 10-7

Beat Hollow-Highbrook

(16)(False Nose 'n Glasses Partnership)
Rated 132

Suzy Smith

D A Jacob

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Hi Dancer 9,b g 10-6

Medicean-Sea Music

(33)(Mr R Tocher)
Rated 131

B M R Haslam

Craig Gallagher(10)

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Glam Gerry 8,b g 10-6

Dr Massini-Daraheen Diamond

(40)(Barry Connell)
Rated 131

C A Murphy

B Hayes(5)

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Dark Lover 7,b g 10-6

Zinaad-Dark Lady

(31)(The Dark Lovers)
Rated 131

Jamie Snowden

Ryan Mahon(3)

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Hunters Belt 8,b g 10-5

Intikhab-Three Stars

(30)(Mr R A Fisher)
Rated 130

G T Bewley

Jonathon Bewley(7)

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Star Of Aragon 6,b g 10-0

Saffron Walden-Delicacy

(51)(Holly's Buddies Syndicate)
Rated 123

J A Nash

Conor O'Farrell

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Grey Soldier 7,gr g 10-0

Galileo-Crusch Alva

(2)(J O'Brien & C J Leech)
Rated 122

Mrs S Leech

R P McLernon

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The Tiddly Tadpole 7,b g 10-0

Tipsy Creek-Froglet

(17)(The Frog Chorus)
Rated 119

Simon West

Non Runner

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Probable SP 9/4 Darlan, 6/1 Cash And Go, 8/1 Domination, 10/1 Dark Lover, 12/1 Kazlian, 14/1 Cause Of Causes, Prospect Wells, Olofi, Moon Dice, 16/1 Vendor, Snap Tie, 20/1 Ted Spread, 25/1 Rattan, Bothy, 33/1 Constant Contact, Glam Gerry, Star Of Aragon, Hunters Belt, One Cool Shabra, Hi Dancer, Blue Bajan, 66/1 Others.

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Ruby Walsh on Hargam, Triumph Hurdle, March 13th 1.30pm

This looks a very open contest and his stablemate Peace or Co looks a strong favourite at 5/2. But I think his stable mate Hargam at 13/2 will put it up to him. He travels well in his race and jumps well so there's no issues there. He had the speed to win Musselburgh and the stamina to win at Cheltenham and that's a deadly combination in a race like this.

Charlie Austin on Silviniaco Conti, Gold Cup, March 13th 3.20pm

I'd really like Silviniaco Conti at 4/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and if he can reproduce his King George winning run then he'll take all the beating. Or get him at an exclusive enhanced price of 16/1 for new customers. There are some concerns though. Will he handle the course and the hill? Kempton is a very flat track in comparison. Can he put in a faultless jumping performance? The proof will be in the pudding on Friday but I'm hopeful. After Djakadam won the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January I tweeted that, although it was a good performance, he'd never get anywhere near Silviniaco Conti. The dynamic of the Gold Cup has changed slightly since then, and Rich Ricci was very sweet on the chances of Djakadam at Paddy Power's Cheltenham Preview Night in London. Djakadam is 8/1 for the Gold Cup. There are plenty of other challengers for the crown as well. Nicky Henderson is desperate for the ground to stay dry for 2013 champ Bobs Worth (18/1), and he was my pick last year but finished fifth. On His Own at 33/1 ran a huge race 12 months ago to finish second, and who says Lord Windermere, who's priced at 20/1, can't reproduce last year's effort. It's got the makings of a great race but I'm edging towards Conti still.

Rich Ricci on Djakadam, Gold Cup, March 13th 3.20pm

I love this horse, I really do. I've been unusually unabashed in my admiration for him. I think this horse has huge potential. He was an ok hurdler, but he has great form and I was disappointed last year when he fell in the JLT. I knew when I saw him in the Hennessey and again in the following race that he was fat. So I really can't wait to see what he does when he's fit. My only concern for him is that he is six years old. I know Longrun did it at six, but we're a bit young, a bit inexperienced. But! I think he's jumping will hold up, he'll stay the trip so he really has a great chance. Djakadam ridden by Ruby Walsh is 8/1 to take home the Gold cup for Willie Mullins.

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