Thurles

  • 13:30 Horse And Jockey Hotel Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €17,875 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,474 4th €826
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (chase: heavy)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 33.40s
  • Off time: 13:30:49
13:30 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Midnight Game 4/7

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11064-1 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Midnight Game 22
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-12 W P Mullins D N Russell 149 4/71.57
2 F8-6554 BLACK, emerald green diamonds, white sleeves, white cap, black star Is Herself About (IRE) 7
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-2 p1 D M O'Brien P Townend 112 20/121.00
3 1487-24 Brown, light green cross sashes, striped cap Joxer (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-2 W Harney B J Cooper 136 7/42.75
4 45580-8 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap Arnaud (IRE) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-13 C Byrnes A E Lynch 129 16/117.00
Non runners
531200-6Edeymi (IRE)410-13A J MartinN P Madden134

Verdict

MIDNIGHT GAME had only half-a-length to spare over Joxer at Leopardstown last Christmas but has made much the greater progress subsequently. He'll be at short odds after reappearing with an impressive victory at Fairyhouse and though he's expected to score again it's not that clear cut as Joxer is 10lb better off. The latter had Edeymi a long way behind when runner-up to Monksland in a Down Royal Grade 2 last month though Tony Martin's youngster is much better than that and would be a threat on his cracking performance when runner-up in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham when today's rival Arnaud wasn't too far behind in fifth. Is Herself About has gained both of her victories on this track though against weaker opposition.