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Preview of Thursday's card at Thurles

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jan 2013 12:14 | Comments

Call The Police and Ruby Walsh on their way to victory in Punchestown last year
Call The Police and Ruby Walsh on their way to victory in Punchestown last year

Call The Police attempts to get off the mark for the season in the Beamish Stout Phil Sweeney Memorial Chase at Thurles on Thursday.

Placed twice at the top level as a novice, Willie Mullins' 10-year-old arrives at this Grade Three contest on the back of a pleasing second to Hidden Cyclone on his reappearance at Gowran Park.

On official ratings, the only one of his four opponents that should give him anything to think about is Foildubh, who has also kept excellent company but must concede weight all round.

Mullins will be hoping Cadspeed atones for a last-start mishap in the Devil's Bit Beginners Chase.

He had a Clonmel event wrapped up, only to crash out at the final obstacle, but had been fluent up until that point so should be able to redeem himself.

Graham Wylie snapped up Briar Hill after he scored between the flags back in May and he has sent him to the champion trainer, whose record-breaking son Patrick is on board for the Holycross Flat Race.

War Of Attrition's half-brother War Correspondent has shown glimpses of the family talent and may only need to reproduce the level of performance that carried him into the runner-up berth here last month to go one better in the thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle.

Dazzlers Day sprung a 20-1 surprise at Limerick over Christmas and has the chance to prove it was no fluke in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle.

If this comes too soon and the 4lb penalty is beyond him, a possible beneficiary is Jacks Island, although Bobsthewizard made the frame at Punchestown and is no back number at the age of 11.

The meeting gets under way with the Cashel Mares Maiden Hurdle at 12.55 and with the raced brigade having shown precious little, it could fall the way of Henry de Bromhead's newcomer Sizing Kimberlite.

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