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Thurles preview for Monday

Updated: Sunday, 05 Jan 2014 13:28 | Comments

Toner D'Oudairies will be ridden by new Gigginstown number one Bryan Cooper
Toner D'Oudairies will be ridden by new Gigginstown number one Bryan Cooper

Bryan Cooper begins his job as number one jockey to Gigginstown House Stud with a couple of rides at Thurles.

Cooper was handed the plum role last week and gets the leg-up on Toner D'Oudairies in the Listed Thurles Racecourse Supporters Club Chase.

Gordon Elliott's seven-year-old has finally fulfilled his potential over fences, developing into a high-quality chaser by backing up a Grade Three victory at Punchestown with consecutive second-placings in Grade Twos at Down Royal and Clonmel.

Davy Russell, the man replaced by Cooper for the leading owners, still dons the Gigginstown silks on the Charlie Swan-trained Make A Track, with Rupert Lamb and Letter Of Credit making up the select line-up.

Cooper starts the day for Gigginstown on Desertmore Stream, who takes in the opening INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (12.35) on the back of a distant third in a Grade Two bumper at Navan.

Urano has strung together a frustrating sequence of second placings since arriving from France so it is impossible to say he would have won but for slipping up at the last meeting here, but he was travelling strongly and tries for compensation in the thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle.

Sterling Stuff justified favouritism impressively on the same card and switches from fences for the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle, with his timber figure 9lb lower than his revised chase rating.

Luddsdenene is also comparatively well treated over the smaller obstacles and almost capitalised at a big price at Down Royal, so he is unlikely to slip under the radar again ahead of the Munster Handicap Hurdle.

Beluckyagain has been a bit costly to follow for Willie Mullins and has not been seen since finishing second at the Listowel Festival in September, but if she returns near to the top of her game, she should prove a tough nut to crack in the Holycross Mares Flat Race.

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