Thurles Course Guide

One of three racecourses in County Tipperary, racing has taken place at Thurles since 1732 and it has long been considered a highly-important asset to Irish National Hunt racing. The reason for this is that the remarkably resilient ground there can be raced on after all but exceptional amounts of rainfall and it can withstand a large amount of racing during the winter months. It host 11 fixtures between October and March every year.

Thurles plays host to three Grade 2 contests, with the Kinloch Brae Chase in January being the most high profile. It has been won by the likes of Native Upmanship (three times), Newmill (twice), Hi Cloy and Don Cossack.

Jumps Racing

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An undulating, right-handed track with a circuit of around a mile and a quarter. Sections of the track are uphill but there is a fairly steep descent to the two-furlong home straight and the track is very much sharp in character, favouring the handy type of horse. There are seven fences to a circuit of the chase course, with two in the home straight, and a run-in of around a furlong. The course is remarkably well drained and as a result, very few meetings are lost due to adverse weather conditions.

Thurles is a grand track to ride. You have to give your horse a chance coming up the hill in the back straight or you’ll struggle to get home otherwise. The ground at Thurles really is amazing, as it never gets too deep. Even in the worst of the worst weather, they still only go in five or six inches. There can often be some even better ground out a bit wider and that is something worth considering, especially towards the backend of a card when the ground on the inside is chopped up.

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Current Weather

Forecast: Sunny spells

Temperature: 2.6° - 14.2°

Rainfall: 0.10cm

Wind: 9.0mph NW

Last Update: 21/10/2018 12:00

Forecast: Mostly sunny

Temperature: 6.1° - 12.9°

Rainfall: None

Wind: 7.0mph W

Last Update: 21/10/2018 12:00

Replays & Results

14:10 Devil's Bit Beginners Chase

(2m 6f)
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Ballela Boy
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

14:45 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (listed)

(Class 1) (2m 2f)
Grey, grey & black check cap (Clipper Logistics Group Ltd)
  • Winner: Castlegrace Paddy
  • Jockey: A E Lynch
  • Trainer: P A Fahy
  • Owner: Clipper Logistics Group Ltd

15:20 Thurles Vintners Handicap Chase

(2m 4f 91y)
Emerald green, white disc & sleeves, yellow & red striped cap (Michael J McDonagh)
  • Winner: Black Zero
  • Jockey: C A Landers
  • Trainer: M J McDonagh
  • Owner: Michael J McDonagh

15:55 Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle

Orange, emerald green chevron, white cap (J & T Partnership)
  • Winner: Scheu Time
  • Jockey: C A Landers
  • Trainer: J A Nash
  • Owner: J & T Partnership

16:30 Enjoy White Gypsy At Finns Borrisoleigh Hurdle

(2m 7f 32y)
Dark blue, light blue hoop, check sleeves & cap (Mrs Diana L Whateley)
  • Winner: Diamond King
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Mrs Diana L Whateley

17:05 Bill Dowling Memorial Handicap Hurdle (80-95)

(2m 7f 32y)
Red, white stars, quartered cap (James Joseph Brennan)
  • Winner: Larkfield Lass
  • Jockey: A E Lynch
  • Trainer: R P Rath
  • Owner: James Joseph Brennan

17:40 (pro/am) Flat Race

White & black halved, sleeves reversed, black cap (KMM Partnership)
  • Winner: Young Ted
  • Jockey: Ms N Carberry
  • Trainer: N Meade
  • Owner: KMM Partnership