Thurles tips on Thursday – Irish horse racing best bets on 25 February
Thurles tips on Thursday
With one fixture taking place over the sticks in Ireland we’ve picked out our Thurles tips on Thursday for what looks a decent card at the County Tipperary track.
With four meetings heading to post across the UK on Thursday there is also racing action from Ireland taking place in support with a fixture over the sticks at Thurles.
A seven-race card awaits punters at the County Tipperary venue headed by Grade Three action in the shape of the Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle which has been won some decent sorts in the past including Cooldine, Hidden Cyclone, Sub Lieutenant and Acapella Bourgeois.
We’ve looked over the card to pick out our Thurles tips on Thursday on what looks a decent racecard at the Tipperary track.
THURLES TIPS ON THURSDAY – IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS
2:50 Thurles – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m5½f
CUSHINSTOWN FINEST rarely runs a bad race over the larger obstacles and could be the answer to this contest where the consistent sort can get back on the winning trail.
The Trans Island mare was a winner at Punchestown back in October and she’s made the frame on all three starts since with her most recent outing coming when finishing just over one length third behind Atlantic Shore back at Punchestown last month.
That form has been upheld with the runner-up since filling the same spot in the recent Grand National Trial at Punchestown and Colin Bowe’s charge ought to make her presence felt again from just 1lb higher in the weights.
The drop back in distance for this contest will be no issue and she looks to have plenty in her favour here so it would be no surprise to see her deliver a big run under her very good 7lbs claimer.
3:20 Thurles – We’re In This Together Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m½f
JACK DILLINGER got off the mark over fences when scoring over slightly further than this trip at this venue in December and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Westerner gelding didn’t jump well when last seen over an even longer trip here in January behind Enjoy D’allen where he possibly found the sticky ground against him. While conditions here are set to be heavy again which is a negative the conditions might be less holding this time around and he could be worth another chance.
A return to this shorter trip could be a positive move and while he possibly just needs to find a shade more to get involved it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the mix in an wide-open race where most of his rivals also arrive on the back of lesser runs last time out.
3:50 Thurles – Markaye Contracts Ltd Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (5yo+) 2m5f
The day’s feature race can go the way of GOODBYE SOMEDAY who arrives on good terms with himself having won three times last term and rounding off a busy spell with a good third in a Listed contest behind Darrens Hope.
He had also finished third in a Grade Three at Tipperary the time before and he returns here on the back of a break where he could pick up where he left off.
Perhaps not seen to best effect on his final outing although the extra yardage probably stretched his stamina the Stowaway gelding will be suited by a drop back in distance on his reappearance.
He likely has fewer secrets than a few of these and could prove vulnerable to a younger improver; but he’s proven at the trip and all ground comes alike to him so he should give a good account of himself here.
4:25 Thurles – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m7½f
AIN’T THAT A SHAME was placed in a point to point prior to joining Henry de Bromhead and the Jeremy gelding can get off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles having shaped well on both starts thus far at Navan and Fairyhouse.
The first of those came on the back of a lengthy absence where he finished fifth behind Clondaw Secret, but he showed the benefit of that outing to go down by seven lengths next time with a third-placed finish behind Fun Light.
He shaped on that occasion as if he needed a stiffer test of stamina so it is no surprise to see him upped to three miles for this latest outing and there could be further improvement to come from him now his stamina is being drawn out.
Representing an in-form trainer and jockey combination he can go close here if building on that Fairyhouse bronze medal which is arguably the best form on offer and every chance he can get off the mark now.