12:55 Thurles (IRE)

Thurles Beginners Chase

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
  • €9,000 added
  • Winner: €6,210
  • 2nd: €1,440
  • 3rd: €630
  • 4th: €360
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 56.00s
  • Off Time: 12:55:49
  • 11 Ran
  • Form: 2/P604-P
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Trainer: J H Culloty
  • Jockey: D N Russell

led, headed and mistake 4 out, ridden next, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, strongly pressed for 2nd run-in, just held 2nd

  • Form: 660555
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Trainer: W F Codd
  • Jockey: M P Fogarty

held up towards rear, progress into 5th 5 out, ridden and no impression entering straight, left 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace, pressed 2nd run-in, just held for 2nd

  • Form: 1/59961-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Trainer: C Byrnes
  • Jockey: B J Cooper

chased leaders, fell 1st

  • Form: 1/39-341
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Trainer: H De Bromhead
  • Jockey: J J Burke

settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 5 out, kept on one pace under pressure, fell 2 out

  • Form: 0-280P2
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Trainer: T Cleary
  • Jockey: A E Lynch

held up, hampered 1st, 7th halfway, progress into 4th 4 out, ridden in 5th and no impression next, no extra entering straight, moderate 6th and bad mistake 2 out, fell last

  • Form: 2/076-0
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Trainer: J J Mangan
  • Jockey: P F Mangan

mid-division, mistake 3rd, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd 6 out, no impression on leaders before 4 out, ridden in 4th 3 out, no impression before 2 out, no extra before last

  • Form: 8-41642
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Trainer: C F Swan
  • Jockey: D J Casey

mid-division, hampered 1st, 6th halfway, mistake 7 out, weakened before 5 out, tailed off

  • Form: 2042-54
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Trainer: P Nolan
  • Jockey: Adrian Heskin

mid-division, fell 1st

  • Form: 219840
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Trainer: M Hourigan
  • Jockey: B Hayes

held up towards rear, 7th and no impression before 4 out, left moderate 6th 2 out, kept on one pace from before last

  • Form: 3F-4F21
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Trainer: T M Walsh
  • Jockey: Ruby Walsh

chased leader, slight mistake 5th, 2nd halfway, bad mistake 8th and dropped to 3rd, dropped towards rear 5 out, soon no impression, tailed off

  • Form: 2/2300-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Trainer: M F Morris
  • Jockey: M P Walsh

chased leader, 3rd halfway, 2nd from 8th, challenged before 4 out where led, asserted entering straight, clear before last, easily

In depth


Old Castletown won over hurdles at Tramore last month. Ruby Walsh keeps the winning partnership intact and he's just preferred to another maiden hurdle winner in Saltmills Blackie. Once And Always scored over timber at Limerick when last at the track in March while both Close One and LIKE IT A LOT ran well on their latest starts. A couple of subsequent winners have come out of the latter's race at Fairyhouse so he gets the vote on that form. What About Harry nearly pulled off a shock win at Wexford on his chasing bow and may figure again.


Company Coming (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, under pressure from 4 out, soon eased, pulled up approaching 3 out, in a race won by Chute Hall (11-4) at Killarney 2m 6f mdn hdl in May, 13 ran.

Marmaladeskies (IRE) 9-2fav (12-2) Led, headed before 2nd, 2nd halfway, led again 4 out, ridden and dropped to 3rd entering straight, soon no impression, slight mistake last and no extra run-in, 5th of 15, 14l behind Diamond Dame (11-3) at Clonmel 2m am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.

Once And Always (IRE) 11-2 (10-3) Tracked leaders, improved to get on terms from 3 out, travelling smoothly straight, led 2 out, went clear from before last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Mar beating Some Officer (11-5) by 5l, 10 ran.

Saltmills Blackie (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Prominent, jumped right 4th, reminder 6 out, 3rd next, close 2nd 3 out, challenged next, led before last, stayed on well to draw clear run-in, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m 4f cond mdn hdle gd in Sep beating Dun Scaith (11-4) by 5l, 8 ran.

What About Harry (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) In rear, closer in 7th from 4 out, 6th from 2 out, no impression in 5th when left 2nd from last and impeded, kept on run-in, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Ballinard Billy (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct.

Are You Listening (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, no extra 4 out, completely tailed off, 15th of 24, well behind Tailors Hill (10-7) at Cork 3m hcp hdl 80-109 in May.

Close One (IRE) 13-2fav (11-9) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden in 3rd 2 out, 2nd at last, kept on under pressure run-in, 2nd of 24, 1 3/4l behind Carmels Boy (10-9) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.

Like It A Lot 6-1 (11-4) Held up, 12th after 5th, closer in 7th approaching straight, no impression in 5th last, one pace, 4th of 15, 4l behind Sheamus (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Oct.

Magical Moon 12-1 (10-5) Mid-division, slight mistake 5 out, ridden 3 out, soon no extra, 11th of 12, 21l behind Battling Boru (10-5) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl in Oct.

Old Castletown (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Made all, pushed along and asserted before last, kept on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m mdn hdl in Oct beating Crown Theatre (11-12) by 4l, 8 ran.

The Doorman (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, ridden and no extra entering straight, 11th of 15, 23l behind Never Enough Time (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.