Thurles best bets on Thursday – Today’s Irish horse racing tips

Thurles best bets on Thursday 19 November.Thurles best bets on Thursday 19 November.

Thursday’s sole horse racing meeting in Ireland is a cracker and we’ve picked out our Thurles best bets through the card.

While four meetings head to post across the UK on Thursday there is also an excellent meeting taking place over the sticks with a fixture at Thurles.

Featuring Listed action that reads more like a Grade One contest given the presence of the likes of Kemboy, Presenting Percy and Monalee in the line-up the day’s sole Irish racing meeting boasts seven races on a strong racecard and we’ve picked out our Thurles best bets and tips for the afternoon’s action.


1:20 Thurles – Chase (Listed Race) (5yo+) 2m6f

Only five runners go to post for this Listed prize but given the quality present in the small field it reads more like a Grade One race; PRESENTING PERCY gets a narrow vote to come out on top given he’s already had a run this season and his race-fitness might prove crucial.

A top-class performer for Pat Kelly prior to losing his way somewhat and let down by his jumping the Sir Percy gelding looked a lot more like his old self when making a pleasing enough return to action in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal last month.

That was his first run for Gordon Elliott and he jumped better and travelled well for much of the contest before fading from two out and eventually finished fourth behind The Storyteller. It was a step back in the right direction having failed to win last term and he was a faller in the Cheltenham Gold Cup during a disappointing campaign for the nine-year old.

Likely to be sharper now for that run he can improve for the outing where he could make his fitness advantage pay over a couple of classy rivals.

Thurles best bets on Thursday. Monalee is one of the big names featuring in Thursday's main event.

Thurles best bets on Thursday. Monalee is one of the big names featuring in Thursday’s main event.

2:25 Thurles – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m7f

Dual point-to-point winner SOVEREIGN GOLD shaped better than the bare result when finishing third on her hurdling debut at Ballinrobe last month and with that experience under his belt Henry de Bromhead’s charge can build on that promising first effort.

The Gold Well mare was beaten around twelve lengths behind Darrens Hope on that occasion, not helped by a last hurdle mistake although she may just have needed the run behind more experienced rivals who both had the benefit of a previous run.

There was plenty to take from the performance however and the form has been boosted since with the winner going in again at Listed level. It wouldn’t be a surprise then to see her building on that performance and with the benefit of a run now under her belt she can prove a different proposition now.

2:55 Thurles – Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m4f

Point-to-point winner KAREN’S GIFT made a perfect start to hurdling when scoring at Roscommon in September and there was no caste lost in her subsequent defeat behind Bythesametoken at Tipperary on her next start where she was beaten six lengths in very testing ground.

Barry Connell’s charge can’t be judged on her last run over this course and distance earlier in the month where she pulled up given that the Jeremy mare saw her saddle slipping mid-race and she could be worth chancing to bounce back here.

She remains with potential in this discipline after just two start and she had looked a promising sort in those earlier outings so is given another chance to show what she is capable off in handicap company.