Review Thurles 30th Nov

Fri 30th Nov 2012, 16:20

Bishopsfurze jumps a hurdle in front of Becauseicouldntsee (partially hidden) & Folsom Blue
©Healy Racing Photos

Willie Mullins dominated proceedings at Thurles with a treble on the card, topped with Bishopsfurze's all-the-way win in the Rock Of Cashel Hurdle.

Always travelling sweetly for David Casey, the 4-1 chance had seen off all bar Folsom Blue at the final flight.

Bishopsfurze got away from the hurdle fastest and kept on strongly to secure a two-length success.

Mullins got off the mark for the day with a bloodless victory for Annie Power in the Thurles Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The 1-2 favourite tracked the pacesetting Dubh Go Leir throughout the early stages of the race before taking over on the far turn, and under a motionless Patrick Mullins, she pulled 13 lengths clear by the finish.

Mullins saddled the first two home in the Munster (C & G) Maiden Hurdle as Touch The Eden struck after a lengthy layoff, beating stablemate Raise Hell.

The 4-7 winner holds a Grade One entry and looked accomplished on his hurdling debut, coming nicely clear in the closing stages under Paul Townend to record a seven and a half-length verdict.

Odds-on favourite backers had earlier enjoyed more success when 2-5 chance Ally Cascade got up late to land the Cahir Maiden Hurdle.

The Mullins-trained Urano looked to have the edge approaching the final flight, but Noel Meade's charge responded well to Davy Russell's urgings to win by half a length.

Russell bagged a double of his own when galvanising Lough Roe Lady (10-1) up the run-in to beat Dont Tell Pa by two and a quarter lengths in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle.

Rating Queen (10-3) gave favourite-backers more to cheer about when landing the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, while trainer Sean McParlan notched his first winner since March 2008 when Drumlee (8-1) landed the Liscahill INH Flat Race under the trainer's son Noel.

The Cheltenham Festival - Will You Have a Flutter?

The Cheltenham Festival begins on the 14th March. The excitement is building: horses are being put through their final preparations on the gallops, jockeys are being booked for rides and anticipation is high for the four day Festival. Many thousands of racing fans will make the trip to the Cotswolds while others will watch from afar but, one thing is for sure, they will all have a bet on their fancies for the big races.

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