With horse racing continuing to be staged behind closed doors in Ireland, Thurles provides some Saturday afternoon ITV Racing with a competitive seven-race card.
Although most of the main Irish racehorse stars competed at Cheltenham last week, there is still some quality on display and all four previewed races will be televised on ITV4, you can see today’s racing tips below.
Staged over an extended 2m6f, the 8-year-old mare Mary Frances could be a leading contender for this hurdles contest. She has raced in decent company for most of the season without troubling the judges until winning a Punchestown handicap last time over three miles.
The appearance of Jetz will also be interesting after racing over fences for more than twelve months. He competed in graded contests during that time and in his latest event, a second-placed effort behind Charli Parcs in a Leopardstown hurdle was a pleasing performance.
Take note also of Karl Der Grosse from the Willie Mullins yard who has not raced for more than twelve months after pulling up injured over this course and distance. This trip should suit.
Tip – Jetz to win (3/1)
For this 2m6f handicap, in-form Irish trainer Gordon Elliott will saddle Sporty Yankee who last appeared when finishing last at Wolverhampton. Amid a mixed season to date, two second-place performances at Ayr and Fairyhouse are his better displays.
Among his opponents, Johnny Little Legs was narrowly beaten by Chalky White on this course over two miles last time. His performances over longer trips are questionable.
Goulane Jessie will also be a contender. Just beaten at Fairyhouse last time over three miles, he won at the same course back in December and retains useful form over hurdles with stamina already proven.
Tip – Goulane Jessie to Win (6/1)
Henry De Bromhead enjoyed some relative success at the recent Cheltenham Festival and his horse Capucccimix could be involved at the finish of this Grade 3 2m2f contest. An eleven-length winner last time at Naas, he has raced with credit against strong opposition this season and is a horse to note.
Sizing Pottsie is another horse to watch. Trained by Jessica Harrington, he has easily won his last two races and has never been beaten in completed starts over fences. He was also a useful performer over hurdles.
A further challenger is expected to be Zero Ten from the Emmet Mullins yard. The 7-year-old gelding did not seem to appreciate the heavy ground when falling at Punchestown last time, but he was second behind Cash Back in a previous outing after winning at Galway on his debut over fences. He was a triple winner over hurdles.
Dunvegan was beaten nearly three lengths by Zero Ten in that contest won by Cash Back, and there is no reason to suggest that he can reverse placings. Meanwhile, Cut The Mustard was well beaten by Sizing Pottsie last time.
Tip – Sizing Pottsie to Win (9/4)
This extended 2m4f chase could be an opportunity for Kavanaghs Corner who won on this course last time. He is a fairly reliable performer who claimed victory at Clonmel earlier in the season and a pulled-up effort during November was caused by an unfortunate mishap.
Trumps Ace could also be a leading player after winning his last two races both of which were earned at Clonmel. However, he meets Kavanaghs Corner on much inferior terms for a two lengths victory over that horse back in December.
Another contender is expected to be Wishmoor who has not won a race since early 2018 but who has finished second in all three races this year. His lack of a recent victory is a concern despite some decent efforts.
Tip – Kavanaghs Corner to Win (15/2)
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