As the globe is gripped by a pandemic, sport has fallen by the wayside as a means to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Amongst this, race meets across Europe have been cancelled one by one. However, the show goes on in Ireland as the HRI confirmed earlier this week that racing will continue behind closed doors.
Racing at Thurles
Thurles takes the spotlight on Saturday, with the County Tipperary track staging a 7-race card, the first 5 of which will be shown live on ITV4.
The highlight of the card is the Grade 3 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice chase (15:10), named after Thurles’ much-missed owner and manager. Sizing Pottsie will look to follow up his recent win at Navan, with Cut The Mustard, who was runner up that day, ready to renew the rivalry for the Gold Cup winning combo of Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.
Cut The Mustard is 15/2.
The opening Maiden Hurdle at 13:40 sees the hurdles debut of Politesse, who was very impressive when justifying odds on favouritism last time here in a National Hunt flat race. Fakiera looks to be her biggest challenger on Saturday, having finished as runner up on both hurdle starts so far.
There’s a fascinating runner later on the card at 16:10. Max Dynamite, whose amazing career has seen him place twice at the Melbourne Cup as well as placing at the Cheltenham Festival, bids to win his first race over fences at the same track he made his debut at for Willie Mullins back in 2014.
Downpatrick Racing on Sunday
On Sunday, the action heads to Downpatrick as they host a 7-race card. It all kicks off at 13:40 with the highlight being the Ulster National at 15:10, where Out Sam looks go back to back after winning last year for Gordon Elliott.
All odds are correct at time of writing.