Thurles

  • 14:05 Coolmore National Hunt Sires E.B.F. Mares Novice Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €27,625 2nd €8,075 3rd €3,826 4th €1,274
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 37.60s
  • Off time: 14:05:20
14:05 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Knockfierna (IRE) 6/4
2nd Belle Brook (IRE) 25/1
3rd Dare To Doubt 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 96211R Emerald green & black hoops, emerald green sleeves, black cap Knockfierna (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-3 C Byrnes D N Russell 6/42.50
2 3P-1F31 Royal blue, white hoop, white sleeves, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap Askanna (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 C Bowe Mr B O'Neill 7/18.00
3 8183-7P RED, dark green cross of lorraine, striped cap Avondhu Lady (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 David Fenton D J Condon 50/151.00
4 20175-4 Grey, orange slvs, maroon cap Banjaxed Girl 18
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 10-11 Lady J Fowler R M Power 13/27.50
5 2-77P91 MAROON & YELLOW STRIPES, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, emerald green spots Belle Brook (IRE) 17
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 10-11 p M Cullen A E Lynch 25/126.00
6 113-315 RED, yellow epaulettes, striped cap Dare To Doubt 22
Nag me
8 10-11 W P Mullins R Walsh 3/14.00
7 23F144 PURPLE, gold hoop on body & sleeves, yellow cap, purple spots Golden Sunbird (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-11 t P Nolan M N Doran 9/110.00
8 05-9744 RED, dark green hoop, white cap Lead Kindly Light (IRE) 18
Nag me
8 10-11 t S Byrne A D Leigh 97 50/151.00
9 512F23 Emerald green, orange chevron & sleeves, quartered cap Our Victoria (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 C Bowe Andrew J McNamara 128 8/19.00

Verdict

Another fine contest in prospect and Willie Mullins has chosen this exalted level for the chasing debut of Dare To Doubt, a very useful hurdler at her best who won a Grade 2 novice hurdle last February. She's obviously one to keep an eye on but faces a stiff task here against strong opposition with chasing experience. Knockfierna is undoubtedly the form pick on her victory in a Cork Grade 3 last month and though beaten by Golden Sunbird at Limerick earlier she has comfortable reversed that form since and also holds Our Victoria on that Cork run. Banjaxed Girl had the highest hurdle rating of any of these and didn't do much wrong on her chasing debut at Fairyhouse but Belle Brook will need to improve again after beating Special Token at Cork. ASKANNA progressed nicely over timber but it was her superb jumping that won the day when she made a winning start over fences at Limerick last month and she's given the vote to follow up before going on to better things.