Lieutenant back over hurdles at Thurles
A seven race card up for decision at Thurles this afternoon, with the classy First Lieutenant the star of the show on his return to tackling the smaller options in the feature, Thurles Racecourse Hurdle. Mouse Morris’ Grade 1 winning chaser has been out of sorts this season and connections will be hoping that a spin over hurdles may rejuvenate their son of Presenting. The former Neptune Novices Hurdle winner should have far too much for his three rivals today, although he may have liked the ground to be a little better.
Racing gets under way at the Tipperary venue at 2:15 with a Beginners Chase run over 2m 2f. There is a small field of nine declared and Deano looks to have a massive chance following his good show over the larger obstacles at Clonmel recently and comes in to this in good form. His trainer Mary Louise Hallahan has really hit form recently as well and recorded a double at Gowran recently. The biggest danger may be Written Inthestars from the Robert Tyner stable. The son of Milan had some decent form over hurdles before being well beaten on his latest start which was over fences over at Naas. He may be the alternative selection to the favourite in what appears to be a weak contest to get the action under way.
The second race on the card is a Beginners chase run over 2m 6f, with just seven horses declared. The Jim Culloty trained Company Coming is likely to take a lot of beating in here. The son of Presenting was pulled up in a Handicap Chase on his last start but before that he had filled the runner up spot on two occasions. With a rating of 111, he will have a massive chance in a race of this nature. Boxing Along is a prolific scorer between the flags and has had some decent runs under rules. He has brought home money on his last two starts and can be expected to do so again.
The third race is a Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase over 2 miles and, again, there is a small field of six horses declared. Rolling Rocket looks to have a big chance for Stephen Ryan who has wisely called upon the services of Shane Shortall. The son of Turtle Island was second on his last start and a bold show is expected again. West Council has similar form to the selection and should not be far away having run with credit on his last two starts.
The penultimate race on the card is a Handicap hurdle for horses rated less than 95. Annie Alainn won well at Downpatrick on her last start and again has the services of David Mullins, who offsets all but two pounds of the seven pounds that she picked up for winning the last day. Sister Annie is another who could be primed for a big run and has run with credit on her last two starts. Trainer, John Cullen is well capable off readying one for a big run and he is also a dab hand in the saddle.
The final race on the card is the Bumper and local trainer Mouse Morris could well saddle the winner here with Alamein. The Benefical gelding runs in the colours of Gigginstown and has put some decent runs together on his three appearances to date. Nina Carberry is an eye-catching jockey booking and a good showing is expected. The danger could be Lest We Forget, who ran with real credit on his last run over hurdles at Naas. Ray Cody takes of seven pounds to aid his mounts cause.
JJ Slevin / Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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