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Updated: Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 15:54 | Comments

Quito de La Roque goes in the John Meagher Memorial Chase at 1.25pm
Quito de La Roque goes in the John Meagher Memorial Chase at 1.25pm

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Quito De La Roque bids to get his season back on track in the Listed John Meagher Memorial Chase at Thurles on Thursday.

Colm Murphy's charge was declared a non-runner for last Saturday's JNwine.com Champion Chase, but he sets a good standard if ready to roll and can put a Gowran mishap behind him if recapturing the form that saw him land the Down Royal Grade One back in 2011.

Realt Dubh also boasts course-winning form and goes relatively well when fresh. The three-time Grade One winner adds further spice to an intriguing six-runner event.

The action gets under way with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at 12.55 and Davy Russell will be hoping to get the ball rolling aboard Willie Mullins' Raise Hell.

The six-year-old was seen gracing the winner's enclosure here in February when he broke his timber maiden over the distance and there should be more to come.

Diyala provides the champion jockey with another good chance of a winner in the Templemore Mares Maiden Hurdle, while Gold Patrol is an interesting contender in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle, having regained some confidence in a point-to-point last month.

Georgie could hardly have been more impressive when he galloped his Galway rivals into submission 11 days ago and, 9lb higher in the weights for that dominant display, he bids to put back-to-back victories together in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase.

Famous Ballerina, second at Tramore and Clonmel, boasts claims in the Holycross Handicap Hurdle as she has another chance off her mark of 85.

The Toboradora INH Flat Race closes the card and, with many top stables represented, a market check is sure to deliver further clues.

Point winner Wrath Of Titans made a pleasing start to his NH career when finishing second to Moyle Park at Punchestown, while Flaming Dawn and Definite Answer will also be out to make an impression.

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