Thurles

  • 15:55 boylesports.com 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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 9.40s
  • Off time: 15:56:26
15:55 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Bright New Dawn (IRE) 6/4
2nd Mala Beach (IRE) 8/1
3rd Jennies Jewel (IRE) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 247-132 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Bright New Dawn (IRE) 19
6 11-3 D T Hughes D N Russell 146 6/42.50
2 212823 ROYAL BLUE,yellow epaulettes,yellow slvs,royal blue stars,blue cap,yellow star Rory O'Moore (IRE) 12
8 11-3 R O'Neill Andrew J McNamara 130 20/121.00
3 1112U6 EMERALD GREEN, red sleeves, check cap Seefood (IRE) 32
Distance Winner
6 11-3 D T Hughes B J Cooper 137 10/111.00
5 12/1 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Touch The Eden (FR) 90
Course Winner
6 11-3 W P Mullins R Walsh 9/25.50
6 10-122 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Venture Capital (IRE) 21
6 11-3 P Fenton B T O'Connell 10/34.33
7 90-93R1 MAROON & WHITE STRIPES, maroon cap, white hoop Mala Beach (IRE) 33
Distance Winner
5 11-1 G Elliott D J Condon 8/19.00
8 292512 Royal blue, black disc, black sleeves, royal blue armlet, white & black quartered cap Jennies Jewel (IRE) 32
6 10-10 J P Fahey I J McCarthy 20/121.00
9 313113 Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star Reine Angevine (FR) 74
5 10-8 W P Mullins P Townend 132 14/115.00
Non runners
4371125Shrapnel (IRE)711-3G ElliottP Carberry136

Verdict

Willie Mullins' mare Reine Angevine won a couple of minor events quite comfortably but had no answer to her very classy stablemate Pont Alexandre at Navan. Touch The Eden also represents the champion trainer and he wouldn't be running here without good reason though he'll need to improve massively from his maiden success here in November. BRIGHT NEW DAWN is progressing nicely and produced a fine effort when a close second to Champagne Fever in the Grade 1 Deloitte at Leopardstown. It will take a very strong performance to lower his colours in that kind of form though Venture Capital is another very progressive type who gave Inish Island a fright in a Grade 3 at Clonmel and should be suited by this shorter trip. Shrapnel has the edge over Rory O'Moore on their 1-2 at Galway in October but both need to find more.