By Luke (@lukekeena1)
Racing on Saturday comes from Thurles with seven races on the card. The feature race is the Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase over two miles two furlongs. While there may only be a small field of four runners, it looks a competitive race.
Jetz and Duca De Thaix don’t have much betweeen them on their form from Navan back in November when Jetz got the better of Duca De Thaix by half a length. When they last met at Navan, Jetz was an easy winner beating Duca De Thaix by thirty four and a half lengths. I think it is fair to say Duca De Thaix didn’t run his race on that occasion, he was in the ideal position stalking Jetz around and then found nothing after turning in and faded.
Jetz has since had a run when unseating Robbie Power at the first. The horse near stopped coming into the fence and gave his jockey no chance. When loose he done the same at each fence slowing right down coming into the fence. Even when he won the Grade three at Navan his jumping wasn’t fluent at times. Duca De Thaix now recieves seven pounds off Jetz and I think he will run a lot better than last time out at Navan.
Race one off at 2:20
Generalisation has showed some promise on his four starts over hurdles to date. His best finish to date was third at Thurles in November. On his first run he was fourth behind Vocarium and Jack Dillinger at Gowran Park in October. Jack Dillinger has since came out and won twice. He hasn’t been seen on the track since January, he will need to improve from his past runs but I think there is a fair chance he will.
Race two off at 2:55
Prince Of Scars ran a promising race for a long way at Gowran last time out after near two years off the track. He is a previous Grade one winner, he won the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle back in 2015 as a five year old. I think he is a lively player against the top two in the market.
Race three off at 3:30
Be My Dream showed vast improvement to finish second in her second start in a handicap hurdle. She stayed on strongly to finish second. The extra two furlongs is a plus and has the Gold Cup winning jockey, Paul Townend onboard.
Race seven off at 5:50
Soviet Pimpernel ran a promising debut at Leopardstown last time out. He finished second pulling fourteen lengths clear of the third Dewcup who lines up again. I think he will be hard to beat with Derek O’Connor in the saddle.