• Thurles - Thursday

    Thurles double beckons for Willie Mullins

    Willie Mullins is taken to land a chase double at Thurles this afternoon.

    Cilaos Emery, an eight-time winner for the champion trainer, all but stands out in the day’s feature event, the Listed BetVictor Chase. The nine-year-old is trying this trip for the first time but he has some solid, if not winning form, over two and a half miles. Well suited by the conditions of the race, he is readily preferred to Darver Star in what might well boil down to a match.

    Mullins can also win the opening BetVictor Beginners Chase (12.05) with Ciel De Neige which is making his debut over fences. His recent form over hurdles reads well enough, he won when getting the better of subsequent scorer I A Connect at Sligo a month ago and then lost out to that one’s stable companion, the well-fancied Queens Brook, over a longer trip at Fairyhouse. The six-year-old is back in distance for this and can be fancied against Crosshill which might want a greater test of stamina.

    Course and distance winner Pretty Little Liar is taken to land the Racing TV Black Friday Offer Tomorrow Only Handicap Chase (12.35) for trainer David Dunne. She is in the form of her life and added to a handicap hurdle success at Fairyhouse last month with a taking debut effort over fences here three weeks ago. Her winning run might well continue on her first start in a handicap chase.

    There are three maiden hurdles on the card and the first of them is the Thurles Maiden Hurdle (1.35) which should go the way of the Gordon Elliott-trained Vina Ardanza. He joined the Cullentra team after making a winning start for Stuart Crawford at Ayr in April. He had four previous bumper winners in behind him that day and looks a fair recruit to the jumping game.

    The BetVictor Irish EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle (2.10) certainly has a good look to it and the Sam Curling-trained Monas Melody might just be best under Phillip Enright. She was third to The West Awaits at Cork in April, her only start to date over hurdles, and has shown up well on the Flat since. She can win at the main expense of Hollymount and Powerful Out.

    Clifton Warrior might be worth chancing on his first start for Henry de Bromhead in the BetVictor Maiden Hurdle (2.40) where the 105-rated Turkestan sets the standard while the concluding Boomerang Shavings & Horse & Country Store Handicap Hurdle (3.10) can go the way of the Philip Rothwell-trained Lesssaidthebetter which had a few of today’s rivals behind him when runner-up to Ellaat here last time.

    Selections: 12.05 Ciel De Neige; 12.35 Pretty Little Liar; 1.05 Cilaos Emery; 1.35 Vina Ardanza; 2.10 Monas Melody; 2.40 Clifton Warrior; 3.10 Lesssaidthebetter. 

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