ITV Racing tips for Thurles – Live TV tips for Saturday

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. The TV cameras head to Ireland on Saturday.ITV Racing tips for Thurles. The TV cameras head to Ireland on Saturday.

Brian Healy gives his Irish horse racing tips for Saturday’s meeting at Thurles and five races will be shown live on TV. Get our ITV Racing tips for Thurles as we look over the Saturday racecard.

There is no horse racing in the UK on Saturday but there is still live TV horse racing action going to post with a meeting at Thurles and the ITV Racing cameras will have five races to show live from the County Tipperary track where there is Grade Three action on the racecard.

IRISH RACING TODAY (21 March) – Thurles (jumps) 1.40 – 4.40pm

Ed Chamberlain and the team should have been at Newbury but instead will cover the Irish racing fixture with their Irish horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while Brian Healy gives his race-by-race ITV Racing tips for Thurles on Saturday.


1:40 – RUINOUS (12/1, William Hill, each-way)
2:10 – MARY FRANCES (3/1, Bet365)
2:40 – DUHALLOW PADDY (7/1, William Hill)
3:10 – CUT THE MUSTARD (15/2, Paddy Power)
3:40 – TRUMPS ACE (11/2, William Hill)
4:10 – MYTHBUSTER (3/1, William Hill)
4:40 – COOL PETRA (14/1, William Hill)

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. The TV cameras head to Ireland on Saturday.

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. The TV cameras head to Ireland on Saturday.


1:40 – Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m

RUINOUS could be worth chancing to find another jolt of improvement in the TV opener and Gavin Cromwell’s charge can progress again on the back of his two recent efforts over hurdles.

The Aizavoski gelding raced three times between the flags, finishing third on one occasion, and having possibly needed the experience switching to hurldes at Navan in February on his first start for this yard he showed some improvement to finish third latest behind Groody Rover at Clonmel.

He was beaten around five lengths on that occasion earlier in the month, keeping on well with the front three pulling clear of the rest although he was no match for the winner. That form has since been boosted by the winner going in again.

With the potential to do better still he could be worth chancing to improve again and if he does then he can go close under his claiming rider to get our ITV Racing tips for Thurles off to a good start.

2:10 – Hurdle (5yo+) 2m6½f

MARY FRANCES boasts some solid form to her name and as a former course winner could be worth siding with to follow up her latest success.

The Well Chosen mare finished runner-up on each of her first two starts over the winter monts following eight months off the track, bumping into both Westerner Point and The Storyteller in successive starts at Clonmel.

Subsequent starts in Graded company behind Stormy Ireland and Benie Des Dieux proved beyond her; but she bounced back in ready fashion when faced with an easier grade at Punchestown latest where she beat Blast Of Koeman by five lengths and Martin Hassett’s charge can strike again here with a repeat of that effort.

She scored a shade cosily that day and the form looks fair with the third, fourth and fifth horses all contesting the Pertemps Network Final at the Cheltenham Festival. She’s higher in the ratings for this outing, but a 7lbs claimer will help offset some of her burden at the weights and every chance she can continue to remain competitive in the second of Saturday’s Irish racing contests.

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. Gavin Cromwell can saddle a winner on ITV Racing on Saturday.

Trainer Gavin Cromwell celebrates with the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy after Espoir D’Allen wins during Champion Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

2:40 – Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m6½f

DUHALLOW PADDY scored over this trip at Galway back in December and William Cronin’s charge could be worth siding with to get back on the up following a short break.

The Getaway gelding ran out a two lengths’ winner that day over Daisy Chicks on his first run for three months and he possibly needs plenty of time between runs to be seen at his best. Following another couple of months off the track he posted a near-miss runner-up effort over hurdles at Tramore before posting a slightly disappointing effort latest at Navan back in January over the larger obstacles.

That run did come in a stronger race he was well-beaten in the end, finishing around fifty lengths off the winner. The run possibly came too soon for him and he returns from another short holiday for this outing which sees him back over hurdles from a reduced mark.

Also stepping down in class so he may well do better here under his amateur pilot and he can give a good account at a decent price for our Saturday ITV Racing tips.

3:10 – Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 2m2f

CUT THE MUSTARD finished a well-beaten second behind the reopposing Sizing Pottsie in the recent Flyingbolt Chase; but on these revised terms and the return to a longer trip both positives for the Al Namix mare she could be worth chancing to turn the tables in this rematch.

Willie Mullins’ charge had won two of her previous three starts over fences having switched to this sphere following eight months off the track with wins at Limerick and Naas either side of a very creditable runner-up finish behind Elmay in a Grade Two contest.

She proved no match for Jessica Harrington’s reopposing rival here where she was getting 3lbs, crossing the line some twelve lengths adrift of the winner but in turn clear of the rest. She’s now a further 7lbs better off at the weights and she should appreciate the extra quarter-mile of this Grade Three contest.

Strictly on the book she has a bit to find, but given her yard’s flying form in the wake of Cheltenham it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her find another jolt of improvement and she could gain some revenge here in Saturday’s Irish racing highlight race.

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. Cut The Mustard can land Saturday's Thurles feature race.

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. Cut The Mustard can land Saturday’s Thurles feature race.

3:40 – Duggan Veterinary Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m4½f

TRUMPS ACE is going the right way over fences, building on his reappearance at Naas in November to win both subsequent outings at Clonmel which includes a defeat of the reopposing Kavanaghs Corner in December.

Tom Doyle’s charge hasn’t been seen since beating Bridge Native latest at January where the Flemensfirth mare ran out a seven lengths’ winner, scoring easily from a field which included a subsequent winner.

His earlier defeat of Kavanagh’s Corner has also been boosted since; that one has won since and while the latter is considerably better off at the weights for this rematch, there is a suspicion that the selection has scope for better to come over fences.

She can improve again to confirm that form despite the big swing in the weights and every chance she can collect her Irish racing hat-trick here live on ITV Racing.

4:10 – Devil’s Bit Beginners Chase (5yo+) 2m6f

MYTHBUSTER has taken on some tall tasks since being switched to chasing this term, finishing fourth behind Samcro on his chase debut at Down Royal before unseating his rider next time at Navan.

The Shantou gelding has since finished third to Easy Game at Leopardstown over Christmas and he made a bad mistake in the Flogas Novices’ Chase which cost him all chance behind Faugheen although he faced a very tough test there in any case.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge has since been freshened up by a break and this is a much easier assignment than those he’s taken in thus far over fences.

He could be worth chancing then back at this lesser level to open his Irish racing win account under Rachael Blackmore in what looks a very winnable contest, and given his potential to improve further on his runs to date he can go close.

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. Henry de Bromhead can land an Irish racing double on Saturday at Thurles.

ITV Racing tips for Thurles. Henry de Bromhead can land an Irish racing double on Saturday at Thurles.

4:40 – (Pro/Am) Flat Race (4yo) 2m

COOL PETRA shaped with some promise on her debut at Punchestown back in February, eventually finishing sixth to Line Break although she was beaten a fair distance in that first run.

The Robin Des Champs filly however is likely to have learned from that experience and Henry de Bromhead’s charge could improve for the outing to do better here.

Top amateur Derek O’Connor takes over the reins for this outing and she can prove the pick of the Meath handler’s pair in this contest. She can go close if building on that encouraging reappearance and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she posts a big run to round off Saturday’s Irish racing fixture.