• 15:55 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 13.60s
  • Off time: 15:55:20
15:55 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lyreen Legend (IRE) 3/1
2nd Folsom Blue (IRE) Evs


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 23-2111 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Folsom Blue (IRE) 28
Course Winner
5 11-5 C O'Dwyer D N Russell 142 Evs2.00
2 21-0213 White & emerald green diamonds, white sleeves, red diamonds, white cap Caolaneoin (IRE) 25
6 11-3 t1 S Fahey A E Lynch 126 9/110.00
3 2113P1 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Bridgets Pet (IRE) 19
5 11-2 A Mullins D E Mullins 123 16/117.00
4 913122 EMERALD GREEN, red sleeves, check cap Lyreen Legend (IRE) 32
5 11-2 D T Hughes B J Cooper 138 3/14.00
5 41-1 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Toostrong (FR) 89
5 11-2 t W P Mullins P Townend 11/112.00
6 131 Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star Hats And Heels (IRE) 53
5 10-9 W P Mullins R Walsh 7/18.00


A small but select field headed by Folsom Blue, who will be heading for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham if successful here. Conor O'Dwyer's charge hardly broke sweat to land a Listed contest at Clonmel a month ago but is meeting better class rivals here and this is a big test. Caolaneoin had a very stiff task in a Grade 2 at Punchestown last time but performed with credit and the step up in trip is expected to suit but it's LYREEN LEGEND who gets the vote. Dessie Hughes' charge has finished a close runner-up to a pair of classy rivals in Monksland and Boston Bob at this level on his two recent starts and can go one better. Willie Mullins steps both Toostrong and Hats And Heels into this grade after their maiden successes and they wouldn't be running here unless they were considered up to the task.