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Preview of Thursday's meet at Thurles

Updated: Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 14:03 | Comments

Paul Carberry leads the field for victory on Roi Du Mee at Punchestown last month
Paul Carberry leads the field for victory on Roi Du Mee at Punchestown last month

Roi Du Mee is expected to prove very popular with punters in the John Meagher Memorial Chase, the feature event at Thurles on Thursday.

The Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old returned to his very best when landing the Grade Three Star 'Best For Racing Coverage' Chase at Punchestown for the second year running last month and he drops into Listed class for this assignment.

2011 RSA Chase hero Boston's Angel has been very disappointing since that Cheltenham Festival success but remains worthy of the utmost respect at this level, while the remaining trio need to raise their game a notch or two.

The second most valuable contest on the seven-race card is the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, in which Venture Lazarus bids to go one better than his recent second at Galway.

Annacarton also filled the runner-up spot last month, albeit over six furlongs further than the 2m2f trip he tackles here, and will be expected to have his say, along with Best Of Bocelli, who continues to perform well in defeat.

The action gets under way at 12.55pm with an interesting renewal of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase, a race Willie Mullins has won twice in the last four years and he has sound claims again courtesy of Local Celebrity.

Pulled up when bidding for a hat-trick on his return from a break in September, it would be no surprise see the lightly-raced eight-year-old bounce back, although he will need to find top gear to get the better of Jim Will Fix It and chasing debutant Pineau De Re.

Dale Street has been knocking on the door and could gain a deserved success in the Cashel (C & G) Maiden Hurdle, while Piece D'or can build on a promising debut fourth when she lines up in the Templemore Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Colgrave Sound and Stoney showed enough on their respective debut outings to suggest they can go close in the closing Toboradora Flat Race.

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