Today's racecards

Thurles

  • 14:45 Ken Whelan Hangs Up His Boots Handicap Chase 2m 6f

  • Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 10.00s
  • Off time: 14:45:12
14:45 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Saoirse Dun (IRE) 4/1
2nd Optime (IRE) 12/1
3rd Steady Ed (IRE) 5/1
4th Ponmeword (IRE) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 219P-U5 White, Dark Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Pink cap Jolily (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-10 T Doyle M P Burke (7) 107 8/19.00
2 PP/482-8 Black, red chevron, white sleeves & cap King Of Ardcarne (IRE) 19
Nag me
9 11-9 t M M McNiff D R Fox (7) 106 20/121.00
3 2-69824 PURPLE & YELLOW HOOPS, white cap Annacarton (IRE) 21
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-8 t J J Mangan Miss J M Mangan (7) 105 7/18.00
4 5-10576 YELLOW, royal blue spots, yellow sleeves & cap High Way Hunter (IRE) 23
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6 11-5 pt C Bowe H D Dunne (7) 102 20/121.00
5 96U88-0 Dark blue, white stars, dark blue sleeves, pink cap Borolee (IRE) 209
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-13 pt Miss E Doyle D J Bates (5) 96 25/126.00
6 58871P- Red & emerald green chevrons, white sleeves, red stars, royal blue cap, white star Shellys Creek (IRE) 234
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6 10-13 p F Flood P D Kennedy (5) 96 16/117.00
7 0-39753 Pink, Grey sleeves, Quartered cap Mattara (IRE) 23
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6 10-12 C Bowe Andrew J McNamara 95 12/113.00
9 0-23508 BLACK & ORANGE HOOPS, black cap, orange star Offside Rule (IRE) 21
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6 10-12 t M Cullen N P Madden 95 25/126.00
10 3/36-401 DARK BLUE, white stars on sleeves, white cap, dark blue stars Saoirse Dun (IRE) 19
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6 10-12 P J Rothwell P Townend 95 4/15.00
11 1316/0-8 RED, green sash, red cap, green spots Saigheada Beaga (IRE) 31
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9 10-10 T O'Brien P F Mangan 93 20/121.00
12 44-P454 MAROON & WHITE HALVED, sleeves reversed, royal blue cap Ponmeword (IRE) 35
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8 10-9 t E McNamara R M Power 92 9/110.00
13 U43-651 LIGHT BLUE, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue star Steady Ed (IRE) 18
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8 10-8 J J Walsh B T O'Connell 91 5/16.00
14 003249 WHITE, royal blue stars, check sleeves, white cap, royal blue star Dunroe Boy (IRE) 8
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7 10-7 bt John G Carr P Carberry 90 8/19.00
15 50-P3P5 Royal blue, light blue chevron, light blue chevrons on sleeves, light blue star on cap Lion Valley (IRE) 1
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9 10-0 t S Braddish P T Enright 83 20/121.00
16 P8/6PP-5 WHITE, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, white stars, royal blue & white striped cap What's In Front (IRE) 23
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11 10-0 Mrs G Callaghan D J Condon 83 12/113.00
17 460503 Brown, white panel, white seams on sleeves, brown cap Optime (IRE) 19
Nag me
7 9-11 Mrs P Gavin A P Heskin 80 12/113.00
Non runners
880-0007Micks (IRE)610-12C RocheA P Crowe95

Verdict

Jolily, runner-up in this over slightly shorter a year ago, went one better on his next start but is now 10lb higher. He was just behind prolific point-to-point winner Annacarton here last time though both were racing over a trip well short of their best. Steady Ed, a winner between the flags, showed only moderate form over fences last season but improved massively to land a maiden hurdle at Limerick earlier this month. He reverts to chasing on a very lowly mark so has to be a threat to all. SAOIRSE DUN has had very little experience but looked a promising staying chaser when coming from a long way back to land a novice handicap at Naas three weeks ago. He'll appreciate stepping up in trip and though 11lb higher is expected to complete the double. Ponmeword is still a maiden over fences after a dozen starts but is handicapped accordingly and is likely to be thereabouts.