Saturday’s Race Of The Day – Tips for Thurles’ feature Chase
We take a look through all of the runners in the feature race at Thurles and provide readers with our tips in Saturday’s race of the day.
Despite the stadium being shut to the public, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, Thurles welcome the ITV cameras through their gates to enjoy a strong afternoon card. We’ve taken a look through the runners in the feature Grade Three Chase and provided fans with our race of the day tips.
Saturday’s Race Of The Day
Comes into this on the back of an 11-length triumph at Naas, where he went off as the 2/5 favourite. Had finished a fairly distant second to Cash Back and Chosen Mate earlier in the season. A very decent jumper of a fence, but there are others here with more natural ability.
Cut The Mustard
Won two of her three starts in Mares’ Novices’ Chase, losing to Elimay in Grade Two company in-between. Well-beaten as Sizing Potsie cruised to victory at Navan, passing the post a 12-length runner-up. The gap between the two in the weights is now ten-pounds, thanks to the favourite’s penalty. Still, better options are available.
Dallas Des Pictons
Hasn’t progressed as many expected him to over fences. Hacked up to win on chasing debut at Gowran Park. Uncompetitive in three starts after that in much better company. Ran well last time to finish a one-length fourth in Grade Three company. Not sure the drop back in trip here will do him any favours.
Didn’t reappear until December, where he took advantage of a fall from the favourite to beat a fairly modest field by 18-lengths. Then finished a distant third behind Cash Back at Naas, crossing the line two-and-a-half-lengths behind runner-up, Zero Ten. Clearly has talent and all four career-victories have come on right-handed tracks. Could be a player.
Beaten easily in four starts in mares’ hurdle races during first half of the season. Bolted up on first chase start over course-and-distance, seeing off some modest rivals by 13-lengths. In much deeper water here and will likely get outclassed.
Still a maiden after nine starts over hurdles. Produced a career-best display last time out, losing out by just a short-head in the Grade Three at Naas. Finished ahead of Dallas Des Pictons that day. A performance he could build on, but betting suggests he’ll find it hard to repeat that showing.
Unseated rider on chasing debut. Bounced back with first career-victory in low-key chase at Fairyhouse. Was then the second-favourite behind Cut The Mustard at Navan, but showed his rival a clean set of heels, winning by 12 lengths. Has a penalty to contend with this time around, which will likely make a big difference. Still greatly respected.
Has been beaten a long way behind capable rivals like Bapaume and Eclair De Beaufeu this season. Has dropped into handicap company the last twice, finishing second and fourth in what looked winnable races. Back up in Grade, and I’d be surprised if he landed a significant blow.
Ran up to a good level over hurdles. Won first chase start at Galway, but was then comfortably beaten by Cash Back at Naas. Was backed into 1/3 favouritism last time out, but fell four from home when the race was just starting to unfold. Could have a big say if he jumps better than he has done.
Saturday’s Race Of The Day – Verdict
Sizing Pottsie produced a very good performance to beat Cut The Mustard at Navan. It is, by some way, the best piece of form in this race. Yet, both of his wins have come on ground much softer than it is at Thurles this weekend, and he’s got a six-pound penalty to contend with too.
Zero Ten is capable, but his jumping over fences hasn’t been all-that convincing. With no-one really appealing at an each-way price, I’m left looking to DUNVEGAN.
This big, powerful grey ran twice in Grade Ones during his novice hurdles season. Jack Kennedy was in the saddle as Dunvegan ground his rivals into submission at Punchestown – after Breaken fell when going just as well at the front – and wasn’t asked for a serious effort at Naas, when it became clear Cash Back wasn’t for catching.
Stepping up beyond two miles should be ideal and Dunvegan clearly does his best work on right-handed tracks like Thurles. Pat Fahey and Bryan Cooper teamed up to land a Grade Two last week, and they could repeat that feat on Saturday.