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  • Quito Chases Thurles Prize

John Meagher Memorial Chase (Listed) 2m 6f

  • (5yo+, 2m 6f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €17,876 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,475 4th €825
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 42.90s
  • Off time: 13:26:44
Full result
Result 13:25 Thurles
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Noble Prince 6/1
2nd 6 Realt Dubh 11/10f
  • Last Updated: November 6 2013, 17:41 GMT

Trainer Colm Murphy hopes the decision to re-route Quito De La Roque to Thurles on Thursday for the Listed John Meagher Memorial Chase can reap handsome dividends.

Quito De La Roque: Connections hopeful
Quito De La Roque: Connections hopeful

Murphy's charge was declared a non-runner for last Saturday's JNwine.com Champion Chase, but he sets a good standard if he can put a Gowran mishap behind him by recapturing the form that saw him land the Down Royal Grade One in 2011.

Murphy said: "He has to give weight away all round, but he seems well and we're very happy with him. I'm not sure that they're going to get much rain. The more rain the better for him ideally as he seems to handle soft ground better.

"We'll get tomorrow out of the way and then plan from there. There are plenty of races for him."

Trainer Noel Meade is hoping for further rainfall for Realt Dubh, who has not been seen since finishing second in a Grade Two at Naas in February.

Meade said: "He's in good form and the conditions of the race suit him well. We could do with a bit more rain. It's good at the moment and we definitely wouldn't want it any quicker. We'd want it on the easy side of good.

"He's never won over two miles and six (furlongs), but he's getting a bit older and the trip won't disadvantage him."

Tom Mullins, by contrast, hopes the rain keeps at bay for Fosters Cross, who raced three times in October.

He said: "We're very happy with him, he's in good form. I'm delighted that the ground is good. It was good to firm earlier in the week and I'd have been happy if it had stayed like that. The quicker the better for him.

"Realistically we're running for place money but if anything else comes along all the better. He got caught in the muck last time at Galway. It was very heavy and he had top weight. His form is pretty consistent otherwise.

"He ran well in the Galway Plate and if it had been good to firm, he might have got home a lot better and might have been placed. Around Thurles on good ground I think he'll get the trip."

The six-runner field is completed by Playtime Ben, Armaramak and Noble Prince, winner of the 2011 Jewson Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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