Thurles

  • 15:20 Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle 2m 2f

  • Winner €4,830 2nd €1,121 3rd €490 4th €280
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 18.80s
  • Off time: 15:20:43
15:20 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sea Light (IRE) 2/1
2nd Faranadooney (USA) 16/1
3rd Caitlin Brook (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 750F-66 Red, dark green cross sashes, dark green cap, red star Fred Diamond (IRE) 12
4 11-9 T Doyle M P Burke (7) 95 14/115.00
2 47-2570 YELLOW, emerald green epaulettes, halved sleeves, yellow cap Tin Town Boy (IRE) 18
12 11-9 t H Rogers R Walsh 92 8/19.00
3 80-065 ROYAL BLUE, white sleeves, red & white quartered cap Sea Light (IRE) 14
5 11-7 C Byrnes Mr R J Jones (3) 90 2/13.00
4 P/5209P- Purple, pink chevron, hooped sleeves, striped cap Whitehead Lad (IRE) 156
6 11-6 p W J Fitzpatrick R Loughran 89 25/126.00
5 360005 PURPLE & ORANGE HALVED, sleeves reversed, striped cap Faranadooney (USA) 28
6 11-5 bt S M Duffy Mr K S Dalton (7) 88 16/117.00
6 69-0 Tangerine, green 'v', qtd cap No More Vino (IRE) 43
5 11-4 p1 R K Watson S E Butler (5) 87 33/134.00
7 007/0P-0 Black, Red star, striped sleeves, Red cap Mooney's Cottage (IRE) 28
8 11-3 M O'Hare A E Lynch 86 14/115.00
8 FP0523 EMERALD GREEN, dark blue hollow box, dark blue armlet, emerald green cap, white star He Is Top Class (IRE) 18
Beaten Favourite
5 11-2 pt D Hassett K C Sexton (5) 85 7/18.00
9 1060P8- Dark blue, orange braces, halved sleeves, orange spots on cap On The Shannon (IRE) 271
5 11-2 O McKiernan R C Colgan 85 20/121.00
10 B00982 Red, royal blue chevron & sleeves, red cap Caitlin Brook (IRE) 21
6 11-0 t S Ryan S A Shortall (7) 83 7/18.00
11 664p40 BLACK, yellow cross of lorraine, red & grey striped sleeves, grey & red striped cap Duc D'Anjou (IRE) 18
8 11-0 L Roche D J Casey 83 20/121.00
12 095992 WHITE, red sleeves, white cap Granny Riona (IRE) 18
5 11-0 t J Cullen J L Cullen 83 5/16.00
13 53065P YELLOW, white sleeves & cap Brian The Warrior (IRE) 11
6 10-11 D McDonogh D E Mullins 80 20/121.00
14 08344U ROYAL BLUE, yellow spots Duty Dance (IRE) 5
8 10-11 pt Daniel Howard D J Howard 80 11/112.00
15 0808P-9 Yellow, purple star, hooped sleeves, purple cap Swift Accordian (IRE) 100
8 10-11 h D T Hughes M Darcy 80 33/134.00

Verdict

He Is Top Class has been running well enough but has now had 21 career starts, including 16 over hurdles, without winning. Caitlin Brook had shown virtually nothing before finishing a close second to the in form Famous Ballerina here three weeks ago. If she can build on that then she'll be difficult to beat though Duty Dance wasn't too far behind and shouldn't be far away. GRANNY RIONA has come in for support on a few occasions without producing the goods but she did much better when beaten just a length by Afram Blue at Limerick where she may have won but for stumbling at the last. She can gain compensation though Ruby Walsh is an eye-catching booking for Tin Town Boy, a winner on the Flat at Galway in August and only 2lb higher than his only success over timber.