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Outsider to note


At the forecast double-figure odds, Representing is value to turn the tables on her recent Limerick conqueror Drive On Jim in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse tomorrow.

At Limerick, Colin Bowe's daughter of Presenting conceded 8lb to the winner when third, beaten 14 lengths, over two furlongs further.

Tomorrow, they will compete off level weights, and the drop in trip ought to help the selection.

With the form of the Limerick contest holding up well, Representing would be overpriced if the trade figure proves accurate.

She finished second on both her starts previous to Limerick, so she is generally consistent, and may be due a rub of the green now.

Sunday Yankee

Fairyhouse 1.10 -- Our Girl Salley

Fairyhouse 1.40 -- Representing

Fairyhouse 2.50 -- Arabella Boy

Fairyhouse 3.55 -- Lovethehigherlaw

Numbers Game

2,086,991 Kauto Star's career earnings in pounds sterling.

5,700 What the inaugural Tote Pick Six pool, which carries a guarantee of €2,000, came to at Leopardstown last Sunday.

18 Former King George and Heineken Gold Cup winner First Gold's age when he died this week.

Quote of the week

"We all know the rules. I was well aware what might happen with the weather, that's why I left in The Nightingale. I said to his owner Graham Roach that we should confirm the horse, as if the race was abandoned and rescheduled, the ground could have turned wet and we'd want to be in." -- Paul Nicholls has no sympathy for Nigel Twiston-Davies, who opted not to declare Imperial Commander for the original King George at Christmas.

Three things we

learned this week

1 Tony McCoy's domination continues apace. Following a remarkable 2010, the 15-time champion got 2011 under way by completing the full set of Nationals with his typically hard-fought win aboard Synchronised in the Welsh version last Saturday.

Today, in the absence of Ruby Walsh and Noel Fehily, and eight years after he successfully deputised for Jim Culloty on Best Mate, McCoy will be bidding for a second King George VI Chase aboard Kauto Star. As subs go, he'll do.

2 Cheltenham is not on Rite Of Passage's agenda. Despite his third place at Prestbury Park last season proving the ideal prep race for his Ascot Gold Cup triumph, Dermot Weld has decided on a change of tack in 2011.

With Big Buck's a formidable-looking prospect in the World Hurdle, Weld obviously decided that the Ascot feature, where far bigger bucks will be on offer, is a more winnable option.

3 The Turf Club's dispute with its officials may come to a head shortly.

A year after the officials initially voted for strike action, talks are expected to resume in the Labour Court next month. With the Turf Club's budget further reduced, the outlook is bleak.

Racing Diary

Monday: Fakenham, Plumpton, Wolverhampton (AW)

Tuesday: Folkestone, Southwell, Wolverhampton (AW)

Wednesday: Kempton* (AW), Lingfield (AW), Newbury, Newcastle

Thursday: Gowran Park, Lingfield (AW), Ludlow, Taunton, Wolverhampton* (AW)

Friday: Catterick, Chepstow, Lingfield (AW), Wolverhampton* (AW)

Saturday: Navan, Ascot, Haydock, Lingfield (AW), Wincanton

Sunday: Leopardstown, Kempton (AW), Market Rasen, Towcester

Irish Independent