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Preview: Thurles Thursday action

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 14:53 | Comments

Thurles card gets underway at 2.25
Thurles card gets underway at 2.25

The Grade Two Boylesports.com Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle is the feature on a seven-race card on Thursday, with some bright prospects lining up.

The most exciting at this stage is Bright New Dawn who sets the standard having been placed in Grade One company in each of his last two starts, most recently when chasing home Champagne Fever in the Deloitte at Leopardstown.

Heading the opposition is Touch The Eden, a French bumper winner who made a striking impression when landing a maiden hurdle here on his Irish debut in November. He looks another smart recruit for his owners and it seems significant that Ruby Walsh opts for him over stablemate Reine Angevine.

The Bet On Your Mobile With Boylesports.com Chase sees some useful performers chasing a decent prize and Lastoftheleaders is sure to prove a popular choice as he bids to follow up his recent Punchestown success.

Lambro was a shade disappointing when behind the former in that contest but he does enjoy a handy weight pull, while Mount Benbulben drops in class having contested Grade Two company recently.

Racing gets under way at 2.25 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase where Dangan Daylight is entitled to prove a tough nut to crack following her second to Noras Fancy here last month. Her jumping still needs work but she has been well placed to open her account over fences here.

The two-mile Killinan Maiden Hurdle looks to chiefly concern Raise Hell and Mr Cosmopolitan with the latter making slightly more appeal on the back of his highly encouraging debut second at Navan last month.

The last race on the card is the Horse and Jockey Mares INH Flat Race in which Willie Mullins takes the wraps of Daisy's Gift. She wouldn't have to be anything special to make a winning debut.

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