15:35 Thurles

Thursday 28 November 2019

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  • Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle (80-95)
  • 2m 6f 92y  |   Soft  |   18 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:35  |   Winning time: 6m 0.7s
1
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-11  |  J: S W Flanagan |  T: D M O'Brien|  OR: 94
12/1

Much better chaser these days but showed he still had a liking for hurdles when finishing runner-up at Cork last month; not helped by the handicapper and may struggle to get really competitive off his current mark.

2
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-11  |  J: D G Hogan |  T: Denis Hogan|  OR: 94
12/1

Not the most consistent but capable on his day despite still being a maiden; on the plus side, he has run well over this course and distance in the past so is no forlorn hope on the best of his form.

3
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8  |  J: P J O'Hanlon |  T: D A McLoughlin|  OR: 91|  D
25/1

Has not really been competitive since winning at Fairyhouse in February; comes here on the back of a break and looks well handicapped; interesting especially if market support.

4
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: Mr P A King |  T: William P Murphy|  OR: 89
9/2

Has some reasonable point-to-point form but has yet to record a win or place in seven starts over hurdles; seems an unlikely winner.

5
Age: 14|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: A M King |  T: V T O'Brien|  OR: 89|  C
33/1

Has some fair form in the past but this veteran has shown very little of late to suggest he would be capable of landing this contest despite tumbling down the weights.

6
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: C P McNamara |  T: E McNamara|  OR: 89
5/2

Never a factor when returning from long absence at Gowran Park in October; never been placed in a hurdles race and no particular reason he will run well unless the market speaks in his favour.

7
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: M P Burke |  T: J M Burke|  OR: 87
33/1

Modest nine-race maiden over timber; returned from recent short absence with average performance at the track earlier this month; should finish closer but hard to see her troubling the judge.

8
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: A W Short |  T: Peter Croke|  OR: 87
8/1

Let down by a few mistakes but still managed to finish runner-up on her handicap debut at Wexford last month; up a couple of pounds but capable of running another good race.

9
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: R A Doyle |  T: S Aherne|  OR: 86
25/1

Produced a career best when finishing second of 16 beaten 10L in a Tipperary handicap hurdle in July before struggling later the same month at Killarney; back from long break here but hard to write off entirely.

10
Age: 12|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: S F O'Keeffe |  T: B O'Keeffe|  OR: 86
20/1

Popular veteran but has been off the track since March; has won off a higher mark than this but that was back in 2015 and suspicion is that his best days are behind him.

11
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: D J O'Keeffe |  T: Miss M M Gannon|  OR: 85
12/1

Has shown precious little ability in six career starts to date and unlikely to be good enough off her current mark.

12
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: D Meyler |  T: P A Fahy|  OR: 85
20/1

Will have disappointed connections in a series off desolate efforts on the level and over hurdles since December; beaten 86L in cheekpieces when last seen in March and is hard to fancy on return.

13
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: T N Brett |  T: Michael W O'Mmeara|  OR: 84
12/1

Rarely beats many home and a mid-division finish last time out at Punchestown was one of her better efforts but still hard to see her being too competitive.

14
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: P T Enright |  T: T O'Brien|  OR: 88
6/1

Fell at this track in early October before putting in a better effort when stepped up in trip at Clonmel last time out when finishing third of 14; one of the more likely winners on that evidence and one for the shortlist.

15
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: D E Mullins |  T: G Ahern|  OR: 84
12/1

Closely matched with Frere Fontaine on recent run at Clonmel; had previously shown very limited ability; a reproduction of that effort should see her run her race.

16
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-13  |  J: Rachael Blackmore |  T: Miss D O'Shea|  OR: 82
25/1

Nine-race maiden clearly flattered by her second of 15 beaten 3L at Ballinrobe in September. Not in good enough form to be considered here.

17
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: A McCurtin |  T: J J Walsh|  OR: 81
20/1

Ten-race maiden still looking to hit the frame in nine hurdle starts so far. Even his best form would probably leave him short of what is required in this contest.

18
Megarap,t21
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: J P O'Sullivan |  T: P J Rothwell|  OR: 80
33/1

Fair on the Flat in Britain for Sir Mark Prescott but 0-12 over hurdles for this trainer and profile regressive; remains opposable.

Non-Runners

19
Sea Scorpion19
Weight: 11-0|  Age: 8
T: Miss E Doyle  J: Reserve 1
20
Goulane Jessie18
Weight: 11-1|  Age: 7
T: S Spillane  J: Reserve 2
21
Fourina12
Weight: 11-7|  Age: 7
T: Mark Fahey  J: Reserve 3

Betting

Forecast

The Reaping Race (5/2), Johnny Sue (9/2), Frere Fontaine (6/1), Bitofalright (8/1), Mossy White (12/1), Our Majella (12/1), Golden Symphony (12/1), Daisy's Hollow (12/1), Double Windsor (12/1), Goulane Jessie (12/1), The Grey Guy (20/1), Betterask Jj (20/1), Sabichi (20/1), Fourina (20/1), Sea Scorpion (20/1), Beeper's Ruby (25/1), Stolen Moment (25/1), Dicey (25/1), Letter Of Credit (33/1), Aileens Joy (33/1), Megara (33/1)

Verdict

A pretty tough race to end the day at Thurles with the tentative selection being the four-year-old FRERE FONTAINE who showed his well being at the end of October when finishing a fair third at Clonmel having fallen at this track the time before. A reproduction of that effort should see him go close. Behind him that day was Our Majella who put up one of her better performances that day and if following it up she should run well. Bitofalright ran well enough on her handicap debut last time out to suggest she is capable of winning a race off and around her current mark.
  1. Frere Fontaine
  2. Our Majella
  3. Bitofalright

Previous Winners

2018
Lady Quill
Weight: 10-11  |Age: 7
Weight: 10-11  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: P E Corbett
  |  
T: T Cleary
10/1

Prize Money

1st: €6,000.002nd: €2,000.003rd: €1,000.004th: €500.005th: €300.006th: €200.00

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