Thursday tips for Thurles – Irish racing best bets

Thursday tips for Thurles. Today's Irish racing best bets.Thursday tips for Thurles. Today's Irish racing best bets.

Thursday tips for Thurles’ meeting in Ireland

Only one meeting in Ireland takes place on Thursday and we’ve picked out our Thursday tips for Thurles in hope the meeting escapes the weather.

It will have to survive a morning inspection for the meeting to go ahead but all being well there will be jumps racing in Ireland for punters to look forward to with a fixture over the sticks at Thurles.

Seven races in all will go to post assuming the meeting gets the green light and in hope that the fixture survives we’ve picked out our Thursday tips for Thurles.


1:45 Thurles – Templemore Beginners Chase (5yo+) 2m½f

WHATSNOTOKNOW has a good record at this venue over hurdles and fences, winning here twelve months ago and he’s finished runner-up on three other visits to this track including his latest over the smaller obstacles where he chased home Blanketontheground.

The Mahler gelding has had two starts over fences, finishing eighth to Asterion Forlonges on his debut over the larger obstacles at Punchestown and then finding only Franco De Port too good next time here back in November.

That form is strong given the winner has won and finished runner-up in Grade Ones since, while the third has also registered a subsequent success and returning here to chasing he looks well up to winning a race such as this relatively moderate affair if replicating the level he produced on his last chase start.

2:15 Thurles – Racing Again February 25th Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m½f

HELL ON EARTH improved markedly on his chase debut at Tramore back in October to chase home Itsalonglongroad at that venue on New Years’ Day and the Germany gelding can open his account here.

Gordon Elliott’s charge was an early casualty when last seen tacking a better race at Punchestown last month where he was one of the horses involved in the melee caused by Castlegrange. That incident saw several runners carried off the track including the selection

He’d been fancied for that contest and now making his handicap debut from a mark that doesn’t look harsh he might be able to get off the mark under his 7lbs claiming rider .

Thursday tips for Thurles. Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner on the card.

Thursday tips for Thurles. Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner on the card.

2:50 Thurles – Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m

SCHONE AUSSICHT was a French flat winner for her previous yard and the Pastorious mare has shaped well on both her runs over hurdles following her move to Henry de Bromhead.

Having finished fifth of 19 behind Delvino at Naas on her first run over obstacles she showed the benefit of that experience to post a very good third behind Roseys Hollow next time out at Fairyhouse. That form has since been boosted by the winner landing a Grade Three contest while the fifth horse home also won next time out.

Likely to have further improvement to come she can take another forward step here where she can open her win account at the third attempt.

3:50 Thurles – Holycross Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m7f

MERCURY LANE looks a progressive individual and Paul Nolan’s charge can get off the mark here.

Placed in a point-to-point for Colin Bowe prior to joining this yard he twice finished third in bumper outings before his attentions were switched to hurdles for his latest couple of starts.

The Stowaway gelding has finished runner-up on both occasions, latterly beaten just a half-length behind Velvet Elvis when stepped up to this trip and he can continue his improvement to deliver another big performance that could yield a first career success.