Grade Two Thurles Mares Novice Chase Guide 2023

Harry Haskell | @HarryHaskell4

Thurles - January 22 2023
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Jack Doyle

Granny Lowrie

J: Jack Doyle
T: P M J Doyle
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 10-12
OR: N/A
Days: 21

Granny Lowrie again, unfortunately just probably isn’t up to this class, that said – she has ran respectively in mares only events on several occasions.

She was third of five last time out at Fairyhouse behind Harmonya Maker and Pink In The Park – who are probably both a good bit above average in ability.

Prior to that, she ran a cracking second to Cool Survivor (who looks talented), and they pulled 23L clear of the third.She is making her chase debut here though, so she’s probably best watched.

Race on for the places?

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/01/23FAI18.5Sft11-53
06/11/22COR24Hy10-72
02/10/22TIP16Gd/Y10-87
04/07/22ROS20Gd11-04
13/06/22KLB18.5Gd11-21
Thurles - January 22 2023
Thurles 13:10
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Paul Townend

Allegorie De Vassy

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-3
OR: N/A
Days: 25

Allegorie De Vassy will look to make it two from two over fences in what looks a decidedly weak G2. She won on chase debut at Limerick at Christmas, and she really did impress.

Her slick, quick jumping took her to the front after just the two fences, and she made all – impressively.

However, she did make a bit of a mess of the last two fences, but the race had been sewn-up long before then – you’d like to see her eradicate those novicey errors nonetheless.

Hugely tough to beat here against a field of mares who aren’t up to her class. 

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/01/23THU20.5Y11-31
28/12/22LIM22.5Hy10-121
29/01/22FAI18.5Gd/Y10-131
01/01/22FAI18.5Y10-131
30/04/21AUT18VSft10-63
Thurles - January 22 2023
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L P Dempsey

Brides Hill

J: L P Dempsey
T: Gavin Cromwell
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 10-12
OR: N/A
Days: 33

Brides Hill has hit the crossbar a few times now over fences. She was a good second last time out at Naas, behind Journey With Me – with the well regarded Flame Bearer back in third.

This was a particularly competitive beginners chase and it was hugely solid for the grade so she can be marked up for that.

She is probably short on class when compared with Allegorie De Vassy, but she’s certainly still going the right way.  

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/12/22NAA20Y/Sft11-52
01/12/22THU18Y11-53
08/10/22FAI16Gd11-7F
26/04/22PUN16.5Gd/Y11-73
06/02/22LEO17.5Y11-12PU
Thurles - January 22 2023
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Cian Quirke

Carrigeen Konini

J: Cian Quirke
T: Miss Elizabeth Anne Lalor
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 10-12
OR: N/A
Days: 5

Carrigeen Konini looks to have a fairly impossible task on her hands here. She’s got an official rating of 89, which leaves her with, in the very least around 50lbs to find with the favourite Allegorie De Vassy.

She ran at Clonmel last time out, in a handicap hurdle won by Rolly Bowley Boy. She did finish third, but she folded tamely towards the business end of the race and I suspect we’ll see her trail the field in a more decisive fashion here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/01/23CLO20Hy10-83
21/12/22FAI22.5Y/Sft11-3PU
13/03/22LIM22Sft/Hy10-137
24/02/22THU23.5Sft10-64
17/02/22CLO19Hy10-83
Thurles - January 22 2023
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Kieren Buckley

Malina Girl

J: Kieren Buckley
T: Gavin Cromwell
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 10-12
OR: 128
Days: 25

Malina Girl was second last time out at Limerick, in a G2 novice chase won by, well – Allegorie De Vassy! She was a 19L second to the aforementioned mare of Willie Mullins, and it’s difficult to see her closing the deficit here, let alone reversing the form.

She is the most experienced over fences though, and she’s largely remained in good form throughout her career, and she looks arguably the most likely to secure second here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/12/22LIM22.5Hy10-132
04/12/22FAI20Y/Sft11-01
12/11/22CHL25Gd10-63
23/10/22LIM19.5Sft11-92
26/09/22ROS21Gd11-71
Thurles - January 22 2023
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J J Slevin

Six Feet Apart

J: J J Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 10-6
OR: N/A
Days: 45

Six Feet Apart hasn’t made the brightest of starts to her chasing career, finishing sixth, and fifth on her two attempts over the larger obstacles.

She will need to find improvement from somewhere to get involved here – but she was a decent hurdler – as shown when winning a listed fillies event at Doncaster last year.

She would have it all to do if you took out Allegorie De Vassy – her presence makes this desperately difficult.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/12/22CLO16Sft/Hy10-135
13/11/22NAV17Y10-116
01/10/22KLN11Sft8-134
01/09/22CLO9.5Gd8-132
13/08/22TRM12Gd9-83