Review Thurles 12th Oct

Thu 12th Oct 2017, 19:20

The switch to larger obstacles could be the making of Born To Size judging by his victory in the Munster Beginners Chase at Thurles.

Liam Burke's five-year-old was winless in six attempts in a disappointing hurdles campaign but looked a different proposition over fences and put in a fine round of jumping.

Sent straight to the front by Robbie Power, the 2-1 favourite repelled the challenge of Youcantcallherthat to score by four lengths in comfortable fashion.

Grey Mountain Mist (12-1) opened his account over fences in the Thurles Handicap Chase.

With any number still in with a chance turning for home, it was Danny Mullins' mount that emerged to take it up approaching the last and stayed on to cross the line two and a quarter lengths clear of Bellgrove.

There was drama in the Devils Bit 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle as Apparition battled back to justify 5-4 favouritism in thrilling fashion.

Mitchouka looked to be on his way to an easy National Hunt debut victory for Gigginstown House Stud when cruising into the lead under Davy Russell after the penultimate flight, but Gordon Elliott's charge began to tire after the last and Joseph O'Brien's runner kept on well to get back up by a nose.

Elliott gained swift compensation for the same owners in the www.thurlesraces.ie Maiden Hurdle as Vengeful stayed on well for Jack Kennedy to deny fellow Gigginstown representative Dis Donc by a head.

Russell got on the scoresheet as Mullinavat continued his progress by completing a hat-trick with ease in division one of the Templemore Handicap Hurdle.

Henry de Bromhead's 1-3 favourite travelled smoothly into the lead rounding the home turn and eased clear to record a two-and-a-half-length verdict over Hughies Bay

The second instalment saw Michael Hourigan's Fairymount Boy follow up his recent Gowran success by a length and three-quarters from Whoyakodding.

Antimatter (14-1) denied the well-fancied Swingbridge (13-8fav) by three-quarters of a length to land the Cashel Handicap Hurdle, while Holding Pattern (8-1) powered five and a

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.

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