Irish horse racing tips – Sunday tips for Thurles
We pick out our Sunday tips for Thurles’ card with the Irish venue staging the day’s sole fixture in Ireland.
While two meetings head to post across the UK on Sunday there is only one meeting taking place in Ireland with a fixture over the sticks at Thurles.
A seven-race card awaits punters looking to take in the Irish racing action where the meeting kicks off at 12.30pn to get Sunday’s horse racing under way and we’ve picked out our Sunday tips for Thurles as we bid to weed out a few winners.
SUNDAY TIPS FOR THURLES – IRISH HORSE RACING TIPS
12:30 Thurles – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase (4yo+) 3m1f
ESCARIA TEN won twice last term over timber where he looked a very useful prospect, scoring victories at Cork and Ayr respectively in testing conditions prior to tackling the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival where the Maresca Sorrento gelding finished well-beaten.
Gordon Elliott’s charge didn’t disgrace himself on his return to action following a break and switched to chasing at Fairyhouse last month, finishing fifth behind the exciting Monkfish and he’ll likely come on for that sharpener which came over a trip probably short of his best.
There’s likely better to come from the ex point-to-point winner and stepping back up to an extended three miles with soft ground no issue he ought to go close.
1:30 Thurles – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
ALL THE CHIMNEYS usually runs well at this venue and the veteran Bach gelding can follow up his most recent success over course and distance last month.
William Austin’s charge had been in good form prior to that success, filling the frame in each of his four previous starts of which two came here and he bagged bronze medals both times. However he ran out a ready winner latest by five lengths from Presenting Point where he may have appreciated the more testing surface and his earlier third to Chatham Street Lad at Ballinrobe in October looks all the better now.
The handicapper has certainly made life tougher for him this time around with an 8lbs rise in the weights, but the consistent sort is likely to give victory another good go and the veteran can defy his new mark to strike again.
2:00 Thurles – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Boreen Belle Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m
Sayce Gold was an impressive winner over three miles two weeks ago and should give a good account although the drop to two miles and having to concede weight all round might just scupper her chances of another win and GAULOISE gets the vote to build on her impressive course and distance win last month.
Willie Mullins’ Samum filly won a French bumper prior to joining the Closutton maestro’s operation and she looked a potentially smart prospect when beating Global Equity by almost six lengths over course and distance in November where she travelled well into the lead from two out and readily asserted for a comfortable success.
That form is holding up quite well but there’s likely to be plenty more in the tank and while this is a step up in class she could pass this latest test with flying colours to maintain her pefect record under Paul Townend.
2:30 Thurles – Boomerang.ie Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
SULLANE HILL has won his last two starts at this venue, one of which came at this yardage and the Witness Box gelding can land his hat-trick.
Pat O’Connor’s charge built on a couple of lesser runs when finishing a good third over this trip at Cork in November and he made no mistake just four days later over course and distance when beating Cousin Harry by six lengths.
There was better to come when he struck over 2m 4f here later in November when beating Erins Benefit by almost three lengths and the third from that race boosted the form next time by winning at Punchestown.
The handicapper has made life tougher form him with a 10lbs rise in the ratings, but the eight-year old hinted that his improvement wasn’t ended in that last success and Rachael Blackmore takes over now so another big run could be forthcoming as he bids for his three-timer.