Thursday’s Kinloch Brae at Thurles with Sam Preen
An absolute belter of a race for a Thursday afternoon – only four stand their ground for Thurles’ Kinloch Brae, but what a treat we’re in for. Here’s a look at the runners…
The Giggingstown Jolly will be reunited with Bryan Cooper, who’s boasting a 40% on “The Don”, who has won all three starts as a fully fledged chaser, albeit all three victories coming in small fields. Following up his comfortable win at Punchestown in October, he smashed his two rivals at Down Royal (Wonderful Charm way below par) off top weight, before a fantastic effort in the John Durkan, despite being hampered by a loose horse (ironically, another Gigginstown runner). Sure to run very well on his final outing before Cheltenham.
Ended a long losing run, when forging clear under Paul Towend to see off his six rivals at Clonmel, over this trip, and was hardly disgraced when finishing ten and a half lengths fourth to Silviniaco Conti in the King George, over a trip we knew he would not see out. Commands plenty of respect given the connections, but may find a tough enough rival in Don Cossack.
Faced off against a few of these previously, and is rarely seen these days. Made a modest comeback over this trip at Punchestown last month, Though he boasts a modest strike rate over this trip, he’s the only course winner in the field, and if he’s on a going day, he’s all heart. His recent run would’ve blown away the cobwebs.
Smokey Joe Joe
Winless since landing a handicap hurdle at Cork, way back in 2011, and has been banging on the door in 5-6 grand chases around Ireland, posting up his best effort when dropped to the minimum trip at Naas earlier this month. Only here to make up the numbers.
A fantastic race in which claims can be made for three of them, but it’s very hard to see past the favourite DON COSSACK, who is three from three this season, notching all of his wins in small fields like this. The drop to Grade 2 company is a plus, and his main rival Champagne Fever, heads here after a serious stamina test in the King George. Texas Jack is worth another look, possibly for betting without the jolly, as his recent run will have blown away the cobwebs, whilst Smokey Joe Joe gets an honorable mention, as he can pick up just over a grand if he makes it round.
Don Cossack to land the spoils.
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