Thurles Sunday Preview
13:00 - No Bet
13:35 - Festival D'ex
With no selection in the first race of the day we move straight onto the Irish EBF Novices Hurdle and this hot affair offers many different form routes that makes it a tricky affair to call.
However, we like the look of the Gordon Elliott trained Festival D'ex who is unbeaten in both his runs to date, one coming in a bumper last season and he kept his faultless record going on his hurdles bow.
He went to Navan back in December in a 26 runner Maiden Hurdle and stayed on well after the final hurdle to get up close home.
That was over two miles and he looked like he needed much further that day and now stepping up an extra six furlongs makes him a big player.
14:10 - Accidental Rebel
Another talented contest is the Handicap Hurdle and the Henry De Bromhead trained Accidental Rebel looks the one to beat from past form.
The six year old enters the contest off the second lowest weight in the race and with the ground conditions set to be testing this should play to his strengths.
He finished a superb second last time out at Leopardstown when just being being beat by one of the 25 runners in the field and he should come on for that run.
14:45 - Footpad
We now move on to the feature races on the day and the Grade Two Horse & Jockey Chase over two and half miles sees some superb entries go to post.
Willie Mullins fields three in the contest and we think his best bet is the superstar Footpad who seems to be getting back to his best this season after being very underwhelming last term.
This campaign he has been very smart on both his outings, winning at Thurles over slightly further on his seasonal bow and last time out finished a valiant third in the Grade One King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
The drop back in trip will suit him off the back of that gruelling contest at Kempton and he should have enough ability to see off this field.
15:20 - Elimay
The Other Grade Two contest on the card is the Mares Novice Chase over two and half miles and we fancy another of Willie Mullins' horses with Elimay.
This six year old is unbeaten in her last three starts winning a fair contest on her final run of last season at Punchestown and then being very professional in both her outings this term.
Last time out at Cork she gave the best performance of her career when landing a Grade Three contest with complete ease dominating from the outset and hopefully she can do the same here.
15:50 - No Bet
16:20 - Power Of Pause
The final selection of the day from Thurles comes in the bumper over two miles three furlongs and going with the trend of the day we are rounding the day with another Mullins horse.
Power Of Pause looks a very interesting five year old having only ran once in February of last season in a point to point and he won impressively.
This saw him being bought at the Cheltenham festival sales in March and given to Willie Mullins who is looking to get the best out of him.