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6.40 Cork Niall McCarthy Memorial Handicap Hurdle 2m4f ATR Card page 73 THE richest prize on tonight's eight-race card has attracted 15 runners, all of them winners over hurdles with Truckers Delight, Scholars Mate, Rock County and Arklow Ger all triple winners.

Whatever Jacksays is chasing a hat-trick following wide-margin wins over 3m at Wexford and Punchestown last month. The Oliver McKiernantrained seven-year-old has gone up 26lb for his two wins and is now 22lb higher than when scoring at the Punchestown festival.

Others with new marks to contend with are Cry For The Moon, up 13lb, Audrelles Lad and Gimli's Return, both of whom have been raised 9lb. All three won handicaps on their most recent starts.

Ascot beckons Jim Culloty has the Ascot Stakes in mind for Cry For The Moon, last year's Irish Cesarewitch runner-up, who is seeking back-to-back hurdle wins following his victory at Gowran this month.

Top-weight Truckers Delight, one of two 11-year- olds in the line-up, has done it all. He's won a point-to-point, a bumper, a Flat race, two chases and three hurdle races and is embarking on a sixth consecutive summer campaign.

Scholars Mate is also 11, but due to long periods on the sidelines has raced only 11 times.

Alf Wright is the least experienced hurdler in the race. The Eoin Doyle-trained six-year-old is the only one in the race making his handicap debut, having won a 2m maiden at Clonmel in February on his third start over hurdles.

vvWhatt hey say Shark Hanlon, trainer of Truckers Delight "He's in super form and the trip and the ground, if it's no quicker than good, will suit. With a bit of luck he won't be far away."

Oliver McKiernan, trainer of Whatever Jacksays "He's gone up a lot for his last two wins and it will be difficult for him with 11st 6lb as he isn't a big horse. He should handle the ground but his wins were both over 3m and the trip will be shorter than ideal."

Eoin Doyle, trainer of Alf Wright "It's his first run back after a break and also his first handicap and while he's in good nick I'd imagine he'll benefit from the experience."

Oliver Brady (left), trainer of Audrelles Lad "He's in good form and will run once there's no firm in the ground. He had leg trouble in the past and we won't chance him if it's too fast. If we're happy with conditions he won't be far away." Jim Culloty, trainer of Cry For The Moon "He's in good form and the ground will suit. He's gone up 13lb since winning at Gowran and hopefully that won't prove too much."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2012
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