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Thurles preview

Updated: Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 15:50 | Comments

Davy Russell was in the plate when Last Instalment was last in action at Leopardstown in February 2012
Davy Russell was in the plate when Last Instalment was last in action at Leopardstown in February 2012

A cracking seven-race card takes place at Thurles on Thursday with a pair of Grade Two events set to take centre stage.

The Kinloch Brae Chase sees the eagerly awaited return of Last Instalment, unbeaten in four starts as a novice chaser and already a dual Grade 1 winner over fences.

Philip Fenton's unbeaten gelding hasn't been seen since slamming Call The Police at Leopardstown back in February 2012 and he can also list First Lieutenant and Shinrock Paddy among his previous scalps.

The pick of the opposition might prove to be Texas Jack, a good third to Avrika Ligeonniere at Clonmel back in November, and Quito De La Roque, who is much better than he displayed here last time.

Some promising chasers line up in the Fame And Glory & Sand Frontieres Coolmore National Hunt Sires EBF Mares Novice Chase but the most interesting contender appears to be English raider Une Artiste.

Nicky Henderson's six-year-old made a favourable impression when opening her account over fences at Huntingdon and she is fancied to prove too strong for the home challenge, which is headed by recent Grade Three runner-up Kates Benefit and Naas winner Aibrean.

The action gets under way at 1.15 with the www.thurlesraces.ie Maiden Hurdle and this might well prove a straightforward task for Kylestyle, who was last seen chasing home the smart Western Boy at Leopardstown.

Another with strong claims is the Willie Mullins-trained Kalmann, a faller when seemingly having the race at his mercy at Clonmel last time, and a clear round should see him prove hard to beat in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase.

Mullins looks the man to follow later on the card as well as Clondaw Court puts his unbeaten record on the line in the W.T. O'Grady Memorial European Breeders Fund Novice Hurdle and he might just have too much stamina for Navan winner Festive Felon.
 

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