• 15:15 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle 2m 6f

  • Winner €17,225 2nd €5,036 3rd €2,385 4th €795
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 22.40s
  • Off time: 15:16:46
15:15 Clonmel Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Bishopsfurze (IRE) 9/10
2nd Skorcher (IRE) 11/2
3rd Fists Of Fury (IRE) 11/4


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 171-151 White & red diabolo, qtd cap Bishopsfurze (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-9 W P Mullins P Townend 9/101.90
2 733542 RED, royal blue & yellow hooped sleeves, royal blue & light blue striped cap Bruach Na Mara (IRE) 11
8 11-6 W Harney R C Colgan 118 14/115.00
3 2-P122 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Fists Of Fury (IRE) 32
7 11-6 C Byrnes D N Russell 11/43.75
4 2322-51 DARK BLUE, yellow stars, dark blue sleeves & cap Skorcher (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
7 11-6 t W P Mullins E Mullins 11/26.50
5 223122 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Start Me Up (IRE) 21
Course Winner
7 11-6 C F Swan D J Casey 122 12/113.00
6 370131 EMERALD GREEN, white star, white stars on sleeves, hooped cap Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-4 D M O'Brien J L Cullen 108 25/126.00
7 1-914 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Ferris Bueller 35
5 11-4 C O'Dwyer M P Walsh 33/134.00
8 55-0311 Red, yellow chevron & sleeves, quartered cap Caddy Man (IRE) 18
6 11-2 A Slattery M Darcy 50/151.00


Bishopsfurze hasn't looked the best of jumpers over timber but has still managed two easy victories, the latest over today's trip at Thurles where he had far too much class for today's rival Start Me Up. However, he had earlier been beaten a long way behind Gagewell Flyer in a Grade 2 at Naas when FISTS OF FURY finished runner-up. There were certainly excuses for Bishopsfurze that day as he was badly impeded but he will need to jump much better if he is to reverse the form with Charles Byrnes' charge, who is looking a nice staying prospect. Skorcher definitely improved when stepped up to this trip for the first time at Thurles though he'll need to make further progress from that maiden success to beat the principals. Ballinahow Lady jumps and stays well but, like the remainder, faces a stiff task in this class.