Today's Racing Guide: Through the card at Thurles

Action behind closed doors at Thurles on Saturday
Action behind closed doors at Thurles on Saturday

With Thurles races taking place behind closed doors in Ireland and shown live on ITV this afternoon we've gone through the card in today's racing guide...

1. Bumper winner Politesse one to watch in the first.

The very easy and stylish five length winner of a bumper at this track 30 days ago, Lorna Fowler's Politesse catches the eye as she makes her hurdling debut in the 13.40 Thurles. Three good spins in National Hunt flat races have certainly whetted the appetite for what could lie ahead as the mare embarks on a career over timber. Conor Orr rides. 

2. Jetz long overdue in the 14.10.

Rated 145 over fences, Jetz is one who stands out in the 14.10 Thurles, trying his luck once again on hurdles after a promising effort when second over the smaller obstacles at Leopardstown earlier this month. The Jessica Harrington-trained eight year old is seeking a first victory in just over 12 months 

3. Go Johnny go go go!

Trainer Sean O'Brien reported Johnny Little Legs to have lost a hind shoe when going down by the narrowest of margins at this track 16 days ago, so perhaps compensation awaits in the 14.40 Thurles. A short head was the official margin of defeat for that close call, a performance which saw the five year old raised four pounds by the handicapper. 

4. Sizing can stake his claim in the feature.

Race of the day! The 15.10 Thurles is the Grade 3 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase over two and a quarter miles, a contest in which potential rising star Sizing Pottsie makes obvious appeal, looking to build on recent emphatic successes at both Fairyhouse and Navan. Only a six year old, he's two from three over fences and already a winner at this level. 

5. In-form Henry can give followers reason to cheer.

Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead gave this column a ready winner yesterday when Aerclub dotted up on the all-weather at Dundalk. He runs a team of five today at Thurles, among them in-form veteran Kavanaghs Corner in the 15.40. Now an 11 year old, the old boy kept on well to defeat the re-opposing Crazyheart at this track 16 days ago. He's now six pounds worse off with that rival for a two and three quarter lengths margin of victory.   

6. Dual code campaigner looking to crack the big obstacles.

The winner of an astonishing £1,048,539 in prize money, the versatile and top class Max Dynamite has his third try over fences in the 16.10 Thurles, trying to 'do a Faugheen' and successfully convert to the larger obstacles later in life. A brace of fourth placed finishes at this track haven't exactly lit up the world so far so he's got a bit of catching up to do with his illustrious stablemate, but champion jockey Paul Townend is back on board in this two and three quarter mile beginners' chase. His mount has previously been second and third in the Melbourne Cup! 

7. Put your faith in the Codfather.

The 'Coddfather', aka Jamie Codd, yet again displayed his brilliance in the saddle when partnering Ravenhill to victory at last week's Cheltenham Festival. The ace amateur has one mount at Thurles this afternoon, taking the leg up on debutant Major Robinson in the concluding 16.40 race at the County Tipperary venue.  Stuart Crawford trains this son of Kalanisi as he begins his racing life in this two mile bumper. 

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