Thurles Racecourse is located in the heart of southern Ireland in County Tipperary and features regular National Hunt meetings throughout the year. The highlights are the three Grade 2 races in January and February, including the Kinloch Brae Chase – won in 2016 by Don Cossack – and the Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle.
Thurles Betting Tips
The course itself is oval in shape and measures one and a quarter miles in distance. Horses have to navigate six flights on the hurdles course and seven flights on the chase course per circuit.
The undulating track features several climbs, with one up the back straight and another after the final hurdle/fence to the winning post. There is also a steep downhill section around the final bend, which helps horses up with the pace to pull away from the rest of the field.
Some refer to Thurles as Ireland’s most important jumps track due to its excellent drainage. The ground copes well with any amount of rainfall and there is rarely too much cut, meaning it regularly attracts the best horses.
Thurles Betting Trends
During the last three seasons over fences at the Thurles races, Willie Mullins has been the top trainer with seven winners from his last 30 runners, amassing nearly €85,000 in prize money. The ever improving Gordon Elliott is certainly a trainer to keep on side; he has a 46% win strike rate at Thurles over fences through the same time period. When in search of Thurles tips it is hard to ignore the top two trainers in Ireland.
Philip Enright and Bryan Cooper are the joint top jockeys at Thurles over fences during the past three seasons, with eight wins to their name. Bryan Cooper has the healthier strike rate, operating at 26%. One jockey to keep note of is Noel McParlan who has won on three of his last six mounts over the larger obstacles.
Over hurdles, Willie Mullins has been extremely dominant at the Thurles races. He has saddled 20 winners from his past 54 runners, an incredible 37% strike rate and he pocketed €136,000 in prize money along the way. Sandra Hughes, daughter of the incredible Dessie Hughes, is operating at a 43% strike rate over hurdles albeit from a small sample of seven runners.
Unsurprisingly, Ruby Walsh is the top jockey at the Thurles races over hurdles, mainly down to the fact that he rides for Willie Mullins; 15 winners from his last 43 rides. Although his strike rate is an impressive 35%, you would be -£5.39 to level stakes if you backed all of those horses at Starting Press so clearly betting on all of Mullins’s horses at Thurles is not a profitable idea.
Thurles Feature Races
- Kinloch Brae Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
- Coolmore Mares Novice Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
- Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
- John Meagher Memorial Chase (Listed) (2m 6f)