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Preview: Thursday's Thurles card

Updated: Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 15:34 | Comments

Action at Thurles is set to get underway at 2.20
Action at Thurles is set to get underway at 2.20

The Miceal Fitzgibon Memorial European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Chase is the most valuable race on Thurles' card on Thursday and sees Banjaxed Girl bid to pick up where she left off in 2012.

* Meeting subject to 8.00am inspection

The former Nigel Twiston-Davies inmate has fared well since transferring to Lady Fowler's yard and won well at Punchestown when last seen in November.

She will have to be on her mettle here, though, as Madam Bovary got her act together over fences at the same track latest, while Avondhu Lady should not be dismissed after her Grade Two fourth at this venue.

The meeting gets under way at 2.20 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase and Moiqen could build on a couple of fair fourth-placed efforts over fences.

Dessie Hughes' Chasing Shadows has yet to show a great deal over the larger obstacles but did win over timber at Tramore two starts ago, while Indelible Run makes her chasing debut, having struggled in Listed company over hurdles.

Hughes has strong claims in the Happy St Valentine's Day Handicap Chase with the bottom-weight Wise Oscar.

An easy winner over hurdles most recently, the nine-year-old is comparatively well treated in this sphere and should prove too strong for the likes of Tinakellylad and The Bishop Looney.

Carry Each Other drops markedly in trip for the Devils Bit Beginners Chase, having been well beaten over a marathon distance at Punchestown.

His previous form behind Vesper Bell in similar company to this was very solid, though, and he may be able to open his account at the main expense of Western Man and Mattara.

Hold Em Cowboy appears to have Clashnabrook and Hasty Times to beat to go one better than last time in the Horse And Jockey Handicap Chase, while the Rock Of Cashel Handicap Chase may be between Ponmeword and Letterlee Star.

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