Today's racecards

Thurles

  • 15:30 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,374 4th €1,125
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 11.50s
  • Off time: 15:30:16
15:30 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 13/8
2nd Pineau De Re (FR) 12/1
3rd Skorcher (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-1131 Emerald green & mauve halved, slvs reversed, quartered cap Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-8 J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 13/82.62
2 71-1511 White & red diabolo, qtd cap Bishopsfurze (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-6 W P Mullins P Townend 6/42.50
3 11-331 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Crash (IRE) 14
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-3 M Hourigan D N Russell 10/111.00
4 533361 MADONNA BLUE, brown cross belts, check cap Down In Neworleans (IRE) 21
Nag me
6 11-3 Ms M Mullins D E Mullins 121 12/113.00
5 173/123 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Pineau De Re (FR) 53
Nag me
8 11-3 P Fenton B T O'Connell 12/113.00
6 322-512 DARK BLUE, yellow stars, dark blue sleeves & cap Skorcher (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-3 t W P Mullins E Mullins 12/113.00
7 218171 BLACK & YELLOW STRIPES, yellow spots on cap Smokey Joe Joe (IRE) 29
Nag me
5 11-1 K Purcell P W Flood 116 33/134.00
8 6-13 Beige & emerald green check, beige sleeves, emerald green cap The Pier (IRE) 15
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-1 t1 J G Murphy P Carberry 118 50/151.00

Verdict

Bishopsfurze landed a Listed contest over 2m6f at Clonmel on testing ground earlier this month with stablemate Skorcher beaten seven lengths into second. The Willie Mullins duo have a rematch here and there's no reason for a form reversal but the winner hardly picked his feet up at the last two flights and will need to jump better to see off HIDDEN CYCLONE. Shark Hanlon's charge has a Grade 2 penalty after comfortably accounting for the Mullins-trained Ballyhaunis over this trip at Leopardstown but he looks a star of the future and gets the vote. Crash had a battle to see off Lambro in a C&D maiden a fortnight ago and will need much better than that and a better bet for a place could be Pineau De Re, a good third behind Gagewell Flyer in a Naas Grade 2 over this trip last month.