Today's racecards

Thurles

  • 13:35 Matty Ryan Memorial Kinloch Brae Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €29,250 2nd €8,550 3rd €4,050 4th €1,350
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 41.80s
  • Off time: 13:35:19
13:35 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Apt Approach (IRE) 9/10
2nd Follow The Plan (IRE) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1503-16 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Follow The Plan (IRE) 22
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 O McKiernan T J Doyle 152 11/26.50
2 0-1U394 BLACK, yellow diamond, yellow diamonds on sleeves, yellow diamond on cap Roberto Goldback (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-8 D T Hughes Miss N Carberry 153 2/13.00
3 52-FU11 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green star, white cap, emerald green star Apt Approach (IRE) 18
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-3 t W P Mullins R Walsh 150 9/101.90
4 210-4P3 Royal blue, white cross sashes, check cap Arabella Boy (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-3 E Bolger N P Madden 133 25/126.00
5 114P-13 BLACK, white sash, white stars on sleeves, striped cap The Fonze (IRE) 18
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-3 E Doyle J R Barry 149 16/117.00

Verdict

Follow The Plan joined the list of very good chasers who have won this when successful last season but was receiving 5lb from Roberto Goldback and beat him just a neck. The latter would have reversed the form and taken the Grade 1 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup in May but for unseating his rider at the last and looks the better of the pair this time around. APT APPROACH was 6l behind Roberto Goldback in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown in 2010 but has made such good progress recently that he can turn the tables and take this. Willie Mullins' charge was receiving 10lb when beating Tranquil Sea at Tramore on New Year's Day but looked an improved performer and should have no problems seeing off third-placed The Fonze.