Saturday’s ITV Tips – 3/1 NAP of the day at Thurles

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Jon Vine takes a look through all of Saturday’s ITV races at Thurles and picks out his NAP of the day on Saturday 21st March.

While the coronavirus has brought the 2019/20 jumps racing season to a premature end in Britain, racing continues behind closed doors in Ireland. What’s better, is that Thurles have invited the ITV Cameras through their gates to capture the best of the action on Saturday.

I’ve taken a look through all of Saturday’s televised races at Thurles and picked out my NAP of the day with bet365.

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Saturday’s NAP Of The Day

Jetz secured some impressive results in novice chases last term. Having found results much harder to come by in open company, Jessica Harrington’s charge ran well to place second behind Charli Parcs on his return to hurdles. Robbie Power’s mount could go well again, but I’m skeptical about his stamina over this sort of trip.

Brace Yourself and Moyhenna also return to hurdles, having gone over fences earlier in the season, but neither hold too much appeal. Cartwright has talent, but arrives with a series of duck eggs next to his name and cannot be relied upon.

The unknown quantity here is Karl Der Grosse, who hasn’t been seen for over 400-days. Last season, Willie Mullins import won a very modest maiden, finished third behind Dorrells Pierji at Galway, before pulling up here at Thurles.

Paul Townend’s mount could be anything at this stage, and you can see why he’s come in for market support. I, however, would rather side with MARY FRANCES, who brings by far the best form to the table.

Unlike many of her fellow mares, Mary Frances’ best performances this term have come in mixed-sex company. A pair of narrow defeats to Westerner Point and The Storyteller was followed by a fantastic victory in a Pertemps Qualifier at Punchestown in February.

Mary Frances had little weight to deal with that day, but she made all the running on heavy ground, seeing off capable rivals in Blast Of Koeman and Relegate, who went on to place in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival. Eoin Walsh’s seven-pound claimer means Mary Frances will gaining a stone-and-a-half on Karl Der Grosse at the weights. She’s a previous course-and-distance winner too! 3/1 looks an excellent price to me!