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Tue, 1st May 2012
Higos Insurance Services Handicap Hurdle, 2m 1f
11 Runners (4YO plus) (Class 4) Total Prize Fund - £4000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Wearing Details

Offical Rating

Forecast Price*

1 San Marino (FR) (1631F, 17J)
9 ch g Bering - Sienne (FR) (Nureyev (USA))
1R37/70- Mr J Coombe


A Thornton
M J Coombe

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 1f on soft ground, but that win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Granville Island when 10th of 15 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Chepstow over 2m (good to soft) last month.

2 Qalinas (FR) (17J)
5 gr g Malinas (GER) - Tabletiere (FR) (Kaldounevees (FR))
42F/880- Middleham Park Racing XX
Blinkers, Tongue strap


Thomas Bellamy (7)
D Pipe

Placed in two hurdle races from eight starts. Well beaten at 8-1 behind Granville Island when 11th of 15 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Chepstow over 2m (good to soft) last month.

3 Calico Rose (GB) (72J)
8 ch m Karinga Bay - Sprig Muslin (Ra Nova)
12/5303- Mr D G Staddon
Cheek pieces


Brendan Powell (5)
V R A Dartnall

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 3f on good ground. Third of 10 behind Cross The Flags beaten 10l at 6-1 on her latest outing in a hurdle race at Ffos Las over 2m 6f (soft) in February.

4 Orion Express (GB) (2440F, 145J)
11 b g Bahhare (USA) - Kaprisky (IRE) (Red Sunset)
83215F- The Barley Mow Syndicate


Miss L Gardner (7)
Mrs S Gardner

Has won ten hurdle races from 2m 3f to 3m 3f on ground varying from firm to good to soft. Fell 5 out when 16-1 at Taunton over 3m (good) in a hurdle race won by Carrickmines in December last year on his latest outing.

5 Power Man (IRE) (30J)
7 ch g Subtle Power (IRE) - Karinga Duff (Karinga Bay (IRE))
370529- Mr S Dixon


W P Kavanagh (3)
S D Dixon

Placed in a hurdle race and a NH flat race from six starts. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Kings Bayonet when 9th of 10 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Ascot over 2m 3f (good) last month.

6 Ban Uisce (IRE) (166J)
7 b g Lahib (USA) - Scolboa Gold (IRE) (Accordion)
4/7239F- The Don't Tell Daddy Racing Partnershi
Cheek pieces


A Guerin (10)
N P Mulholland

He has won three hurdle races from 2m 1f to 2m 2f on soft ground. Fell at the 4th when 6-1 at Wincanton over 2m (good to soft) in a chase won by Morestead in November last year on his latest outing.

7 Ruby Crown (GB) (3J)
10 b m Rakaposhi King - Suilven (Teenoso (USA))
4/43P92- Mr I F W Buchan


Charles Greene (7)
K C Bailey

Winner of five hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to firm to soft, but last win was over two years ago. Beaten 4 1/2l by Cool Baranca when second of 4 at 7-2 on her latest outing in a hurdle race at Market Rasen over 2m 1f (soft) last month.

8 Petito (IRE) (294F, 133J)
9 b g Imperial Ballet (IRE) - Fallacy (Selkirk (USA))
322125- Mr Don Hazzard


T J Phelan (3)
Mark Gillard

A winner of a chase at 2m 1f on good ground. Well beaten at 12-1 behind Triple Bluff when fifth of 10 on his latest outing in a chase at Taunton over 2m (good to soft) in December last year.

9 Royal Riviera (GB) (571F, 22J)
6 b g Nayef (USA) - Miss Cap Ferrat (Darshaan)
14/P074- Mr Tony Bloom


S Twiston-Davies
N A Twiston-Davies

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 1m 5f and 2m 4f on good to soft and heavy ground. Finished 16l behind Francesa when fourth of 14 at 11-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Huntingdon over 2m 5f (good to soft) last month.

10 Diamond's Return (IRE) (4J)
8 b g Bob's Return (IRE) - Mitsubishi Diamond (IRE) (Tender King)
0/00511- Mr Seamus O'Farrell
Cheek pieces

10-13   (7ex)

Conor O'Farrell
D Pipe

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 2f on good and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when 5-6fav at Plumpton over 2m 2f (soft) last month, beating Overdante by 5l. Carries a 7lb penalty today for that success.

11 Exiles Return (IRE) (27J)
10 b g Needle Gun (IRE) - Moores Girl (IRE) (Mandalus)
8P0P73- Mrs Jackie Retter


W Kennedy
Mrs J G Retter

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good to firm ground. Third of 5 behind George Woolf beaten 38l at 12-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race over this course and distance (good to firm) last month.

Race Verdict

DIAMOND'S RETURN is clearly some way ahead of the assessor at present and completed a quickfire double when routing his Plumpton rivals on Friday. David Pipe's charge is turned out quickly again today but a 7lb penalty isn't expected to halt his progress and he can see off Ruby Crown, who bumped into the in-form Cool Baranca at Market Rasen over the weekend. Returning to action, the consistent Petito completes the shortlist.

Selection: Diamond's Return        Danger: Ruby Crown        Alternative: Petito
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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