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Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Lingfield Park stages a top-class seven-race jumping card on Saturday headed by the £100,000 Grade One totesport Chase (2.10pm), run over an extended two and a half miles.

The card has been transferred from Ascot, where rebuilding work is taking place, to Lingfield and the feature event has 10 top-class entries including the Henry Daly-trained Hand Inn Hand, who landed the prize 12 months ago.

Top hurdler Iris's Gift is set to make his chasing debut at Lingfield and among his opponents will be Murphy's Cardinal, today confirmed a definite starter by trainer Noel Chance.

The nine-year-old won a Grade Three chase in Ireland before being well beaten by Rule Supreme in the Grade One Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown earlier this month and Chance had considered an alternative engagement in Ireland for his stable star this weekend.

"The attraction of Lingfield is that the totesport Chase is worth about £80,000 more than the race in Ireland and its considerably closer as well," Chance enthused.

"Also we like to support these races - trainers have been castigated in the press today over a few races at Plumpton yesterday which weren't supported. When we have the horse, we are happy enough to run in them.

"Murphy's Cardinal has come out of Leopardstown pretty good and he's in excellent form at home - I was delighted with the way that he jumped in Ireland.

"I still think that he's a three-mile horse but he's won at two and a half miles. I'm not so sure whether he's as good at this trip as he is over three but we'll see on Saturday.

"Depending how he runs on Saturday, he's in the Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase and the William Hill Handicap Chase and a couple of other races at Cheltenham. He's also still in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and Saturday will tell us where to go - it could very well be the last named if he was impressive at Lingfield."

Among the possible opposition are the Martin Pipe-trained pair of It Takes Time and Seebald. The former was third in a handicap chase at Cheltenham on his last start on New Year's Day, while Seebald was only beaten a short-head by three-time totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Best Mate in the William Hill Chase at Exeter in November.

Others include Forest Gunner, who won the betfair.com Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree by eight lengths in November, last year's totesport Gold Trophy Handicap Hurdle winner Geos, who could revert to the larger obstacles, and top novice Ollie Magern, the winner of the Totty Construction Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby last time.

The card also features the £35,000 Grade Two Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (1.40pm), over three miles, which has drawn 16 possibles go to post for one of the most informative novice events of the season.

In 2004 this contest, when run at Ascot, went to Martin Pipe's totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup hopeful Our Vic, who easily got the better of a fine field by six lengths from Rosslea.

This year the champion trainer could be represented by Control Man, victorious in the bonusprint.com Novices' Chase at Cheltenham in December and a similar event at Exeter early in the New Year. Mark Pitman has the choice of Captain Corelli, a recent scorer at Leicester, and Too Forward, a Folkestone winner on January 3.

Other recent winners include Distant Thunder, who struck at Newbury last weekend, Jazz D'Estruval, who has landed his last two starts at Ayr and Haydock, beating Trabolgan by nine lengths at the latter venue, and the above-mentioned Ollie Magern.


The 2005 John Smith's Grand National weights were announced last Tuesday and Nick Shutts, Tom George and Ned Mitchell reveal today that they hope to have runners in the greatest jump race in the world which is staged at Aintree on Saturday, April 9.
Foly Pleasant (10st 11lb) was purchased out of Henrietta Knight's yard at Doncaster's May Sale for 100,000gns by Nick Shutts, who hopes to run the 10-year-old at the Cheltenham Festival before a tilt at the John Smith's Grand National.

The trainer said: "We are going to run Foly Pleasant in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham and the ideal plan would be to run in that, then send him to Karen Marks to train him for the John Smith's Grand National but clearly he would need to run fairish in the Foxhunters.

"Ginger McCain was underbidder for him - that's why he's got an entry in the National because Ginger must know something mustn't he!
"I guess we knew what his handicap mark was and the weight is relevant to the other horses in the National isn't it? He would be humping over 12st in his hunter chases so I guess 10st 11lb is fine."
Foly Pleasant was last seen under Rules when unplaced in last year's Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He was successful in a point-to-point before finding Silence Reigns five lengths too powerful on his last start under Marc Barber in a hunters' chase at Bangor on February 11.

"We just gave him some time off and he won a point-to-point at Weston Park a couple of weeks before his Bangor run," continued Shutts.

"He's a horse that shows his best form at Cheltenham and he needs to come off a fast pace really. At Bangor there was no pace at all and he jumped to the front six out and was there to be shot at. Coming off a fast pace at Cheltenham will be a different kettle of fish.

"I have spoken to Terry Biddlecombe and Jim Culloty and they think he goes on any ground. If you have a look at his form, he goes on anything from good to heavy. So the ground is not too much of a worry in terms of Aintree and he definitely stays and he's a tough sort."
Asked how he thought his charge would handle the John Smith's Grand National fences, Shutts quipped: "Well I won't be phoning up for the ride! He doesn't get very high but, then again, he has jumped around Cheltenham many times and never fallen or looked likely to fall. So he takes a real good cut at his fences and we've been practising him at home and I don't see there's a problem at Aintree.

"At this stage Mr Barber riding in the Foxhunters would seem the plan but I haven't thought about who might ride him after that."

Tom George has kept his options open with a quartet of entries in the form of Lord Of Illusion (10st 6lb), Historic (10st), Be My Royal (9st 12lb) and Toulouse-Lautrec (8st 5lb).

"I'm pleased with the weights all of mine have received and as long as Historic gets a run, I'm happy," said the Gloucestershire-based trainer.

"Historic has got 10st while Lord Of Illusion is up in the air with what happens when he runs at Cheltenham. We thought we would enter him in the John Smith's Grand National to have another option and Be My Royal is also a possibility but I don't think he'll get in the race off 9st 12lb."
Historic was unchallenged when winning the williamhill.co.uk Marathon Chase at Sandown in December, staying on well to beat Innox by five lengths.

"Historic is in great form - he had a day's hunting last week to freshen him up a bit and we might take him hunting again. He's also in a few races later on this week," he continued.
"Hell be fine with the Aintree fences - put it this way, he did fine when hunting so he shouldn't have any problem with those!

Irish handler Ned Mitchell is keen to send over Garvivonnian (10st 1lb), winner of the Pierse Group Cork Grand National in November, providing the 10-year-old gets a run.

The County Limerick trainer said: "If we get into the John Smith's Grand National with Garvivonnian we will go, if we don't we can't! It will depend at the next stage how many stay in.

"I am very pleased with the 10st 1lb - he's running off top weight here all the time as he's at the top of the handicap and he's not good enough to take on the good horses. He ran in the Paddy Power Handicap at Leopardstown over Christmas carrying one of the top weights which is a hard task."
On his last start the gelding took a tumble two fences from home in the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown last month.

"He's come out of Punchestown fine and he'll probably run over three miles one furlong in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday.
"The Grand National has been the plan since his win at Cork - the owner [John Long] wanted to go last year for the Topham Chase so I kind of talked him out of it. I said if you're going, go for the big one!
"The fences at Aintree aren't really a worry - he's a very good lepper.' The first time he made a mistake was at Punchestown last time when I don't know what happened to him - it was very uncharacteristic of him altogether."

For further information, please contact Nigel Payne, Aintree's Press Officer, on 01895 444407/07768 025265 or Dickon White, Marketing Manager, on 0151 522 2915/07798 928924

Class A, Grade 3, Handicap Chase, Total Prize Fund 700,000. 3.45pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 9, 2005. Four miles and four furlongs (over the Grand National course). For 6-y-o and upwards which are allotted a rating of 110 or more by the Senior BHB NH Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 6. Horses, which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at January 26, may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances to February 6 would merit a minimum rating of 110. The bottom-weighted horse, Toulouse-Lautrec, is rated 109. To qualify horses must have run at least three times in Steeple Chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Turf Authority up to and including February 6. At the Handicapper's discretion such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the Senior BHB NH Handicapper shall be final. Entries closed January 26, entries revealed January 27 (152 entries), first forfeit stage February 22, second forfeit stage March 22, five-day confirmation stage April 4, final declaration stage, 10.00am, April 7. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, February 14. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
P/6111-11 GREY ABBEY (IRE) 11-11-12 Roper Family and Norman Furness Howard Johnson
P62-2424 SIR REMBRANDT (IRE) 9-11-10 Alan Hordle Robert Alner
5/U136-3 KEEN LEADER (IRE) 9-11-09 Adair Catherwood Jonjo O'Neill
F4/422F- LE COUDRAY (FR) 11-11-09 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
2626F0 KAMILLO (FR) 7-11-09 J Hayoz Francois Cottin FR
52-3052 FIRST GOLD (FR) 12-11-08 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR
510-2265 SEEBALD (GER) 10-11-08 The Macca & Growler Partnership Martin Pipe
302-1323 ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 8-11-07 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls
3F223-4 RINCE RI (IRE) 12-11-07 Frank Moriarty Ted Walsh IRE
3111/F-1 ONE KNIGHT (IRE) 9-11-06 Robert Gibbs Philip Hobbs
111421U1 OLLIE MAGERN 7-11-05 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies
3321-113 CELESTIAL GOLD (IRE) 7-11-05 David Johnson Martin Pipe
322P-550 FLAGSHIP UBERALLES (IRE) 11-11-05 J P McManus Philip Hobbs
60420F- ALEXANDER BANQUET (IRE) 12-11-04 Miriam O'Callaghan Willie Mullins IRE
4/F3FP6-6 VALLEY HENRY (IRE) 10-11-04 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
0004-3F0 MONTY'S PASS (IRE) 12-11-03 Dee Racing Syndicate Jimmy Mangan IRE
34F-000 FONDMORT (FR) 9-11-03 Bill Brown Nicky Henderson
126PF3 TAKE THE STAND (IRE) 9-11-02 The Courters Peter Bowen
160650 BATMAN SENORA (FR) 9-11-02 Georges Polinski Ian Williams
1112P-25P BALLYCASSIDY (IRE) 9-11-02 Roddy Owen & P Fullagar Peter Bowen
P4P/21-U4 BALLYBOUGH RASHER (IRE) 10-11-01 B D R Partnership Howard Johnson
232120 RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 10-11-01 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
UP-4414 TRUCKERS TAVERN (IRE) 10-11-01 Margaret Scholey Ferdy Murphy
5UU1-60 PUNTAL (FR) 9-11-00 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
4521F-0 JURANCON II (FR) 8-11-00 David Johnson Martin Pipe
133-4435 NATIVE UPMANSHIP (IRE) 12-11-00 Sue Magnier Arthur Moore IRE
216F-56 BINDAREE (IRE) 11-11-00 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
P51-0454 AMBERLEIGH HOUSE (IRE) 13-11-00 Halewood International Ltd Ginger McCain
50FP-30 VENN OTTERY 10-10-13 Oliver Carter Martin Pipe
06334-3 KNIFE EDGE (USA) 10-10-13 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
2/1P5/-0P SHOTGUN WILLY (IRE) 11-10-13 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
21-2111 COLONEL FRANK 8-10-12 The Hambledon Hunters Brendan Powell
1F-02406 HEDGEHUNTER (IRE) 9-10-12 Trevor Hemmings Willie Mullins IRE
0/P3010-2 FOLY PLEASANT (FR) 11-10-11 Nick Shutts Nick Shutts
43-0450 ASTONVILLE (FR) 11-10-10 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore
24P-111 SILVER BIRCH (IRE) 8-10-09 Paul Barber and Des Nichols Paul Nicholls
1/66F-540 AD HOC (IRE) 11-10-09 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
1/5555-2 TIMBERA (IRE) 11-10-08 Josephine Breen Dessie Hughes IRE
31111//-5 HEROS COLLONGES (FR) 10-10-08 John Hales Paul Nicholls
00-46034 GLENELLY GALE (IRE) 11-10-08 Frank Bradley Arthur Moore IRE
114-0P2 NATIVE JACK (IRE) 11-10-08 Mrs F Carroll Arthur Moore IRE
5P-5543 IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 11-10-08 David Johnson Martin Pipe
411/12-4 CLAN ROYAL (FR) 10-10-08 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
13-4P5S3 NIL DESPERANDUM (IRE) 8-10-08 Mike Shone Frances Crowley IRE
UU1621 BARON WINDRUSH 7-10-07 The Double Octagon Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
1P-23PP LORD NOELIE (IRE) 12-10-07 Executive Racing Bridget Nicholls
15F-054 JOLY BEY (FR) 8-10-07 David Dunsdon Nick Gifford
115103-0 JAKARI (FR) 8-10-07 The Earl Cadogan Henry Daly
13//-3P34 FRENCHMAN'S CREEK 11-10-06 Rory Sweet & Panda Christie Hughie Morrison
P132F6-0 IZNOGOUD (FR) 9-10-06 The County Stores & Avalon Surfacing Martin Pipe
122111 LORD OF ILLUSION (IRE) 8-10-06 Patrick Kennedy Tom George
25-1251 GUNTHER MCBRIDE (IRE) 10-10-05 Mike Tuckey Philip Hobbs
31-12050 POLAR RED 8-10-05 Lady Clarke Martin Pipe
135443 DOUBLE HONOUR (FR) 7-10-05 The 4th Middleham Partnership Philip Hobbs
B-P0233 MACS GILDORAN 11-10-05 Margaret McManus Willie Mullins IRE
12/315-1 FOREST GUNNER 11-10-04 John Gilsenan Richard Ford
41F-1P235 COLNEL RAYBURN (IRE) 9-10-04 Thatch (Ferns) Racing Syndicate Paul Nolan IRE
1UP-012 JUST IN DEBT (IRE) 9-10-04 J W Hazeldean Martin Todhunter
55-1011 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (IRE) 12-10-04 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
120-0112 GROUND BALL (IRE) 8-10-04 J P McManus Charlie Swan IRE
F132/5-4 SHAMAWAN (IRE) 10-10-03 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
11/1P3-4 LORD ATTERBURY (IRE) 9-10-03 David Johnson Olivia Jackson
62-4120 TURNIUM (FR) 10-10-03 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore
6603021 INNOX (FR) 9-10-03 Marquesa de Moratalla Francois Doumen FR
3P/32B1- HERMES III (FR) 10-10-03 The Dover Street Boys Mick Easterby
1263PFP MONDIAL JACK (FR) 6-10-03 Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II Martin Pipe
0P133F0 EUROPA 9-10-03 Trevor Hemmings Ferdy Murphy
2P-3P1P0 MERCHANTS FRIEND (IRE) 10-10-03 Magic Moments Charlie Mann
4-60200 ARCTIC COPPER (IRE) 11-10-03 Grand Alliance Racing Club Noel Meade IRE
21PP0-2 HUNTERS TWEED 9-10-03 Trevor Hemmings Peter Beaumont
U41-054 SIMPLY GIFTED 10-10-03 Steve Hammond Jonjo O'Neill
462112 STRONG RESOLVE (IRE) 9-10-03 Fair City Flyers Lucinda Russell
110246 L'AVENTURE (FR) 6-10-02 Chris Harriman Paul Nicholls
402151 SOLARIUS (FR) 8-10-02 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore
22-0031 MARCUS DU BERLAIS (FR) 8-10-02 Marcus Beresford Arthur Moore IRE
121P-05 NATIVE EMPEROR 9-10-02 J C, J R and S R Hitchins Jonjo O'Neill
1U11/54- A PIECE OF CAKE (IRE) 12-10-02 Lightbody Celebration Cakes Ltd Jim Goldie
P502/-0P SUPREME GLORY (IRE) 12-10-01 Chris Moorsom Pat Murphy
1132-2P1 LONGSHANKS 8-10-01 Alan Halsall Kim Bailey
065-236 SMARTY (IRE) 12-10-01 Tracey Brown Mark Pitman
4PF3/20-1 LORD OF THE TURF (IRE) 12-10-01 Frank O'Malley John Bleahen IRE
504206 WILD TEMPO (FR) 10-10-01 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore
4P-0456 PRESENT BLEU (FR) 10-10-01 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore
046100F GARVIVONNIAN (IRE) 10-10-01 Mrs A Long Ned Mitchell IRE
3F/1F-U0 SCOTS GREY 10-10-01 Henry Ponsonby Nicky Henderson
022U/-P0 RED STRIKER 11-10-00 Norman Mason Richard Guest
P1P-535 GUNNER WELBURN 13-10-00 William Ritson/David Hall/R D Ellis Andrew Balding
1530000 DAVIDS LAD (IRE) 11-10-00 Eddie Joe's Racing Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
151-01P HISTORIC (IRE) 9-10-00 Mrs Robin Rumboll Tom George
0/30011- NEARLY A MOOSE (IRE) 9-10-00 Michael McGinley Paddy Mullins IRE
612600 SWANSEA BAY 9-10-00 Billy Evans Peter Bowen
1P-6P11 BATHWICK ANNIE 9-10-00 W Clifford Paul Keane
FP-P00UP ARTIC JACK (FR) 9-9-13 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
0/P40-51 FREETOWN (IRE) 9-9-13 Sarah Blumberg & R Nairn Len Lungo
3-20000 WINNING DREAM (IRE) 11-9-13 Mrs Oliver McKiernan Oliver McKiernan IRE
21-0005 CASSIA HEIGHTS 10-9-13 B Ridge & D Hewitt Steve Brookshaw
1-4P RAND (NZ) 11-9-12 Eamon Cleary Noel Meade IRE
11D/-3F5 BE MY ROYAL (IRE) 11-9-12 Dr David Chapman-Jones Tom George
31/65-44 RYALUX (IRE) 12-9-12 James Lomas Andy Crook
32P-22U DESAILLY 11-9-12 The Team Jonathan Geake
0003F4 KELAMI (FR) 7-9-12 Halewood International Ltd Francois Doumen FR
12-0F325 KYMANDJEN (IRE) 8-9-11 Robert Hodgins Paul Nolan IRE
5443F06 OVER THE FIRST (IRE) 10-9-11 Trotters Ind Trading Syndicate Charlie Swan IRE
F31522 JUVEIGNEUR (FR) 8-9-10 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
2/FPF-00 AKARUS (FR) 10-9-09 John White Martin Pipe
41F-P3U3 GRANIT D'ESTRUVAL (FR) 11-9-09 Walter Gott Ferdy Murphy
PP-36P335 ROYAL ATALZA (FR) 8-9-09 Terry Ramsden Geoff Huffer
31/223- DROMBEAG (IRE) 7-9-08 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
100F2-60 WHEREAREYOUNOW (IRE) 8-9-08 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
0/121P-0 WORLD WIDE WEB (IRE) 9-9-08 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
50UF-PP HEART MIDOLTIAN (FR) 8-9-08 Mrs Seamus Neville Martin Pipe
33F-221 BE MY BETTER HALF(IRE) 10-9-08 J P McManus Arthur Moore IRE
40-1S41 MULTEEN RIVER (IRE) 9-9-08 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
222-315 YOU'RE SPECIAL (USA) 8-9-07 Les Buckley Patrick Haslam
023-F00 NATIVE SESSIONS (IRE) 10-9-07 R D Murphy Noel Meade IRE
1122/-00 KNOCK KNOCK (IRE) 8-9-07 Mrs David Magnier David Wachman IRE
6PPP-P1P ITSONLYME (IRE) 12-9-07 Mel Davies Venetia Williams
0/1112F-12 NEVER COMPROMISE (IRE) 10-9-07 Dermot Desmond Ted Walsh IRE
11P//3P-0 THIS IS SERIOUS (IRE) 11-9-07 Granit City Syndicate Charlie Swan IRE
P145033 HAUT DE GAMME (FR) 10-9-07 The Haut De Gamme Partnership Ferdy Murphy
063P6P MONTREAL (FR) 8-9-07 David Johnson Martin Pipe
311115 FASHIONS MONTY (IRE) 9-9-07 Brian Mulholland Peter Monteith
F-301404 JACK HIGH (IRE) 10-9-06 Brenda Ross Ted Walsh IRE
611-33F0 LATITUDE (FR) 6-9-06 Neil Edwards Martin Pipe
11P//-154U SPRING MARGOT (FR) 9-9-06 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
F0-U050 BOUNCE BACK (USA) 9-9-05 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe
11U0/5-4 HALEXY (FR) 10-9-04 Sir Robert Ogden Jonjo O'Neill
32U5P3P ARDENT SCOUT 13-9-04 Alicia & Warren Skene Sue Smith
0P-F061 MINI SENSATION (IRE) 12-9-03 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
F45212F0 LINCAM (IRE) 9-9-02 Miss R H M Camlin Charlie Swan IRE
533260 BRIGHT APPROACH (IRE) 12-9-02 John Burbidge Grant Cann
241-030 HEROIC (IRE) 9-9-01 J P McManus Charlie Swan IRE
000066 SNOWY FORD (IRE) 8-9-01 Ron Shaw Patrick Chamings
0P-PP0206 HERSOV (IRE) 9-9-00 Sin Sceal Eile Syndicate Paul Roche IRE
534000 JUST IN TIME 10-8-13 James Clements Lucy Normile
110-156 SHERKIN ISLAND (IRE) 7-8-13 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
3412//P-5P CRUISE THE FAIRWAY (IRE) 9-8-13 R J T 290 Limited Brendan Powell
1PP-P56P BE MY MANAGER (IRE) 10-8-13 Brian Murfin Martin Todhunter
10PF-P4 DARK ROOM (IRE) 8-8-12 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
14-30263 TIPSY MOUSE (IRE) 9-8-11 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
22P-215 MAJED (FR) 9-8-11 Lucy Normile Lucy Normile
05/-3441 SPINOFSKI 10-8-11 David Stoddart Paul Webber
P0U1FP SOLAR SYSTEM (IRE) 8-8-11 Zodiac Syndicate Tom Taaffe IRE
6/-34300P HISTORG (FR) 10-8-10 Jim McCarthy Ferdy Murphy
1P-PP04 LANMIRE GLEN (IRE) 8-8-10 William Browne Francis Flood IRE
113/1//5-40 KING ON THE RUN (IRE) 12-8-09 Lady Harris Venetia Williams
P-62211F BOY'S HURRAH (IRE) 9-8-09 Woolpack Farm Partnership Howard Johnson
4000U5 FARINEL 9-8-08 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
6/411-P0 INDIAN CHANCE 11-8-06 Chris and Stella Watson, Jock Cullen Dr Jeremy Naylor
11/2P-43P ONLY ONCE 10-8-06 Group Captain John Prideaux Howard Johnson
510P/-1P5 PAXFORD JACK 9-8-06 Ruth Nelmes Milton Harris
P2P-1215 TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (IRE) 9-8-05 John French Tom George

152 entries
36 Irish-trained
4 French-trained

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