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Our tipsters' strongest bets for this meeting

14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
Real Steel silk

Real Steel

Analysis
5/4

It’s difficult to look past REAL STEEL, who was a smart hurdler and made amends for a fall on chasing debut when routing a field at Fairyhouse last month. He sets the standard by quite a margin and with further improvement expected, he should have no problem brushing off this field under Paul Townend. Moon Over Germany looks next best, though he’ll need to bounce back from a fairly disappointing handicap run last time.

14:30
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Chase
Mrs Lovett silk

Mrs Lovett

Analysis
11/8

This looks to concern two, with MRS LOVETT and Dawn Shadow having much the best form in this field. Preference is for the former, who scored in good fashion in handicap company at Fairyhouse in December. She’s struggled in Listed company subsequently, but this is certainly easier and with conditions ideal, she can land the spoils for Gordon Elliott. The latterly named rival arrives here with form figures of FP0 this winter, so there is a big element of risk to her chances and is enough to put us off today.

15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)

Lots of potential for nearly all of these runners to improve, which makes it quite the puzzle. That said, the one who stands out is NOTEBOOK, who made it third time lucky over timber with a comfortable success at Tramore on New Year’s Day. That was over two miles and as a point winner, stepping up to this trip should prompt plenty of further progress. Harrie and Dream Conti both arrive with good form claims and won’t be far away.

15:40
Killinan Maiden Hurdle
Narcissistic silk

Narcissistic

Analysis
5/2

Beaten just half a length by Getaway John at Fairyhouse two starts ago over three miles, NARCISSISTIC found the drop to two miles against him at Down Royal subsequently. He’s back up to three miles here and should be a different proposition, with that Fairyhouse form setting a clear standard in this field. Castle North posted some smart efforts early on in bumpers but went backwards in alarming fashion after placing at Fairyhouse in April. His return was very poor and there is a big element of risk that comes with his claims on hurdling debut.

16:15
Thurles Handicap Hurdle
Diggin Deep silk

Diggin Deep

Analysis
7/2

The one who stands out is DIGGIN DEEP, who arrives here in great form after two victories in recent outings. He scored by four lengths at Doncaster last month and six-pound rise for that is unlikely to stop him going in again, especially given how much depth is lacking in this contest. Everyone’s Friend looks the biggest threat, now making his handicap debut for an in-form trainer/jockey combination.

16:50
www.thurlesraces.ie (Ladies Pro/Am) Handicap Hurdle
Montys Angel silk

Montys Angel

Analysis
15/2

Sean Aherne won this race last year and Chosen Hour represents him this time, scoring from out of nowhere at Limerick on his latest outing. A six-pound rise won’t inconvenience him, but what likely will is the drop to two miles. With that in mind, MONTYS ANGEL gets the verdict, arriving here on the back of three good efforts. She was only beaten four lengths over 2m 3f on her latest handicap start, collared just after the last. She races off five pounds higher today, but dropping to two miles will suit and she can deservedly shed her maiden tag here.

17:25
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race

Although she’s been disappointing on the bare figures, the eye was taken to the way LADY V travelled at Down Royal when last seen in June. She only dropped out of second in the final furlong and if she can see out the race just slightly stronger after a break, she may prove tough to stop under Lisa O’Neill. The form standard set by Dolly Dancer isn’t high, which makes the case for the selection stronger, with no winners in this field.

Flat

Rank Jockey Name Rides Today Runs Wins Win %
1st Donnacha O'Brien 0 3 2 67
2nd Luke McAteer 0 1 1 100
3rd Rory Cleary 0 3 1 33
4th Wayne Lordan 0 4 1 25
5th Robbie Colgan 0 4 1 25

The jockeys above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.

Jumps

Rank Jockey Name Rides Today Runs Wins Win %
1st R Walsh 1 51 22 43
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
2nd Davy Russell 0 85 14 16
3rd Mr P W Mullins 1 35 11 31
17:25
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race
Lady Of Elysium silk

Lady Of Elysium

Analysis
4th Jack Kennedy 4 56 10 18
14:30
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Chase
Mrs Lovett silk

Mrs Lovett

Analysis
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
15:40
Killinan Maiden Hurdle
Invincible Cave silk

Invincible Cave

Analysis
5th Robbie Power 3 29 9 31
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis

The jockeys above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.

Flat

Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st A P O'Brien 7 3 43
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
2nd A J Martin 2 1 50
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
3rd Denis Gerard Hogan 2 1 50
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
4th Anthony Mullins 3 1 33
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
5th J S Bolger 7 1 14
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis

The trainers above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.

Jumps

Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st W P Mullins 81 29 36
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
2nd Gordon Elliott 101 20 20
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
3rd Henry De Bromhead 53 11 21
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
4th Mrs John Harrington 27 9 33
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis
5th John J Walsh 60 7 12
14:00
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
15:05
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
Go Another One silk

Go Another One

Analysis

The trainers above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.

14:00 Thurles RTV
Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Chase
14:30 Thurles RTV
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Chase
15:05 Thurles RTV
BetVictor Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
15:40 Thurles RTV
Killinan Maiden Hurdle
16:15 Thurles RTV
Thurles Handicap Hurdle
16:50 Thurles RTV
www.thurlesraces.ie (Ladies Pro/Am) Handicap Hurdle
17:25 Thurles RTV
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race
Thurles Chase Course
Thurles Chase Course
Thurles Chase Course

Tips for Thurles Races

Located just 1.5km west of the town centre of the same name in County Tipperary, racing has taken place at Thurles since 1732. It usually only stages National Hunt racing, but in October 2018 it hosted an all flat card which replaced a jumps fixture due to the firm ground conditions.

Course: It’s a right-handed, undulating circuit of a mile and two furlongs. There is a descent going into the final bend before the straight so we like our tips to be travelling well into there in order to save some energy for the uphill finish.

Feature Races: The key races for our tips at Thurles come in the winter months. In January there is the Grade 3 Kinloch Brae Chase, won by future Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Don Cossack and Sizing John in 2016 and 2017. The same month has a Grade 2 Mares Novice Chase followed by a Grade 3 Novice Hurdle in February.

Address

Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland

General Admission

see: www.thurlesraces.ie or telephone 0504 22253

How to Get There

Air - Shannon (80km). Helicopter landing available if arranged in advance.
Road - 1.5km W of Thurles town, 8km W of main Cork-Dublin road, 16km N of Cashel, 48km W of Kilkenny and 64km E of Limerick.
Rail - Thurles; regular service from Dublin Heuston and Cork. Free shuttle bus to track

Parking

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