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Updated: Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 23:02 | Comments

Ruby Walsh has five rides at Thurles on Thursday for Willie Mullins
Ruby Walsh has five rides at Thurles on Thursday for Willie Mullins

Connections of Gallant Tipp will be hoping for a true run race in the Boylesports Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles on Thursday.

The JP McManus-owned gelding notched up back-to-back successes last year before having to do his own work in front in a slowly-run Grade Two at Leopardstown last month.

That didn't suit the son of Definite Article, who has won over further, and he will be hoping Giantofaman repeats the front-running tactics he deployed here last month.

Willie Mullins will be hoping Rupert Lamb can also get his progression back on track in the Boylesports Rated Chase.

Ruby Walsh's mount appeared to have plenty more to offer when coming down in Listed company here last month and he should be the one to beat if that tumble hasn't had any lasting effects.

The Master of Closutton will want a similarly clean round from Shesafoxylady in the Killinan Maiden Hurdle.

A Listed winner at Navan in bumper company, she has looked a most exciting prospect and can make an impact now going over obstacles.

The champion trainer might have found a suitable opportunity for Cadspeed in the Ballycahill Beginners' Chase.

The 14-race maiden has been plying his trade in more competitive company and doesn't look the easiest to win with, but now his sights are lowered, he can break his chasing hoodoo.

The Walsh family may have further cause for celebration if Luddsdenene can triumph for Katie Walsh in the Tipperary (Lady Riders) Handicap Hurdle.

The son of Beneficial scored over course and distance last month but will need to put a below par effort at Naas behind him.

Killtilane Rose would be a deserving winner of the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares' Beginners' Chase at 2.25.

The daughter of Flemensfirth went agonisingly close when beaten in the dying strides at this venue last month and can get compensation this time around.
 

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