Thurles preview

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 20:08

Leading owner JP McManus has a number of live chances at Thurles, including Off The Charts in the most valuable race on the card.

The Dessie Hughes-trained five-year-old goes into the Thurles Handicap Hurdle on the back of a victory at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day.

A 10lb rise for that win will make life more difficult, and Letter Of Credit and Our Katie are sure to make this a real test.

Charlie Swan trains McManus' Getoutwhenyoucan, who bids to supplement a Naas success in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

However, that win means he is only 2lb better off with his Punchestown conqueror Westerners Son, who was well clear of him that day and will be out to repeat the dose.

McManus' Another Rattler finished well for third on his debut and the Philip Rothwell-trained bumper horse will be out to open his account in the Fethard INH Flat Race.

Willie Mullins is the master in that sphere, though, so his point-to-point winner Measureofmydreams has to enter the equation.

Mullins also runs Chiltern Hills in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase, but she is on a retrieval mission after failing to finish on her two most recent starts.

The Lalor family have Carrigeen Kigelia and Carrigeen Lonicera in the race, but winning pointer Ichey Feet is interesting on her chase debut after a good second over timber.

Mullins' biggest chance comes in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle as Don Poli tries to go one better than at Navan, with Sizing Coal and Globalized among the dangers.

The meeting kicks off at 1.35 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase, which sees Arthur Moore's Hop In bid to get back to winning ways, though Turica and Kandinski are worthy of note.

 

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