15:50 Thurles

Thursday 25 February 2021

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  • Markaye Contracts Ltd Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
  • Class 1  |   2m 4f 218y  |   Heavy  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:50  |   Winning time: 5m 39.0s
1st
6
7/2
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 3 out, pressed leader 2 out and pecked slightly, soon led, pushed out to assert before last where slight mistake, kept on strongly run-in op 16/5
2nd
13
3
14/1
T: J E KielyJ: D F O'Regan
Led and disputed, headed before 3 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no impression before last, kept on one pace into 2nd run-in op 9/1 tchd 16/1
3rd
1 ¼
2
11/4f
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Close up, disputed at times, led before 3 out, pressed and ridden 2 out, soon headed, no extra before last, kept on one pace and dropped to 3rd run-in op 3/1
4th
19
4
10/3
T: P O'FlynnJ: D J O'Keeffe
Prominent briefly, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon no impression on leaders op 7/2
5th
80
1
15/2
T: Ms Alice CurranJ: I J Power
Held up towards rear, progress into 5th 4 out, ridden and no extra before next, weakened op 17/2 tchd 7/1

Also Ran

PU
5
300/1
T: L J ArchdeaconJ: Mr C J Shine
Rear, trailing from 4th, tailed off halfway, pulled up before 3 out
PU
7
9/2
T: M F MorrisJ: P T Enright
Settled behind leaders, mistake 3rd, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 5 out, pulled up before next op 4/1
F
8
14/1
T: A MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Held up, 6th halfway, progress in 4th after 4 out, slight mistake 3 out, soon ridden, no impression when fell 2 out op 18/1 tchd 20/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€4.10Pl:€1.30, €2.60, €1.40EX:€8.10Trifecta:€57.60SF:€48.33

Forecasts

Fighter Allen (11/4), West Cork Wildway (10/3), Grand Paradis (7/2), Limestone Rock (9/2), Jacksons Gold (15/2), Goodbye Someday (14/1), Rescue Package (14/1), D'alley Boy (300/1)

Verdict

GRAND PARADIS was an impressive winner of a big-field Fairyhouse maiden hurdle recently and can take this step up in class in his stride. Indeed, there should be plenty more to come from this 5-y-o who, judged on pedigree, is likely to relish this stiffer test. The tough and consistent Goodbye Someday will offer stern resistance, while Limestone Rock is also accorded respect.

  1. GRAND PARADIS (FR)
  2. GOODBYE SOMEDAY (IRE)
  3. LIMESTONE ROCK (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Five O'Clock
Weight: 10-12  |Age: 5
7/1

Prize Money

1st: €16,500.002nd: €5,500.003rd: €2,750.004th: €1,375.005th: €825.006th: €550.00
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