Thurles

  • 15:45 Littleton Handicap Hurdle 3m

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 35.30s
  • Off time: 15:46:14
15:45 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Another Challenge (IRE) 6/1
2nd Mini Vic (IRE) 14/1
3rd Really Unique (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 226/70-5 YELLOW & RED CHEVRONS, yellow sleeves & cap Really Unique (IRE) 56
9 11-12 J J Walsh B T O'Connell 111 16/117.00
2 29-9360 PINK & WHITE DIAMONDS, white sleeves, white diamond on cap Ibsen (IRE) 19
5 11-11 b J J Murphy D E Splaine (3) 113 14/115.00
3 60P/7P-6 PINK, red cross of lorraine, red cap Memories Of Milan (IRE) 40
8 11-10 J Queally J S McGarvey (5) 109 8/19.00
4 87P-PPF Black, Red star, striped sleeves, Red cap Montana Slim (IRE) 55
Distance Winner
12 11-10 M O'Hare A E Lynch 109 12/113.00
5 89-0013 Dark blue, orange braces, halved sleeves, orange spots on cap Another Challenge (IRE) 51
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-6 O McKiernan P F Mangan 105 6/17.00
6 PP1102 MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Kylecrue (IRE) 22
Distance Winner
7 11-6 b J P Ryan R P Treacy (7) 105 8/19.00
7 R0-6819 ROYAL BLUE & GREY HALVED, sleeves reversed, yellow cap Mini Vic (IRE) 36
Course Winner
10 11-5 t Miss E Doyle A Ring (7) 104 14/115.00
8 765P31 Yellow, red cross sashes, striped sleeves, royal blue cap A Decent Excuse (IRE) 92
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-3 E M O'Sullivan P D Kennedy (5) 102 7/18.00
9 1-07313 WINE, yellow sash, black cap, white hoop Bothair Clei (IRE) 27
Course WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-3 Daniel G Murphy Mr E P O'Brien (7) 102 11/26.50
10 49/8-6 EMERALD GREEN Globalized (IRE) 22
8 11-3 D T Hughes M A Enright 102 10/111.00
11 9116-03 ROYAL BLUE & LIGHT BLUE STRIPES, royal blue sleeves, royal blue & white check cap Vic Chic (IRE) 118
Distance Winner
8 11-2 Mrs J Cashin M J Ferris 101 18/119.00
12 31P-987 WHITE, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap, white stars Missie Ella (IRE) 41
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-1 Denis Hogan D G Hogan 100 10/111.00
13 790913 Purple & yellow quartered, yellow sleeves, hooped cap Carrow Queen (IRE) 30
Distance Winner
6 10-8 V T O'Brien P T Enright 93 8/19.00
15 2-65059 Royal blue & white hoops, royal blue sleeves, red & white hooped cap Olor (IRE) 30
Distance Winner
7 10-2 Mrs G O'Connor B R Dalton (3) 87 14/115.00
Non runners
1400663PPaco Jack (IRE)1010-3P J RothwellP Townend88

Verdict

Kylecrue won at Clonmel and Downpatrick in December and was just beaten over 2m6f here at the end of last month, though was well behind Mini Vic at Tramore in between. Vic Chic has claims on past form and A Decent Excuse won over fences last time and will be staying on when others have cried enough. Another Challenge, third at Fairyhouse after winning at Navan, is another to consider while a return to her favourite track could spark a revival in Missie Ella. BOTHAIR CIEL won over 2m6f here last month before finishing third in a better race at Leopardstown. He has won over 3m between the flags so the step up in distance seems certain to suit and he looks the one to beat with Carrow Queen best of the rest.