Review thurles 23rd Nov

Thu 23rd Nov 2017, 17:00

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Bachasson's victory in the Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse And Country Store Chase was the highlight of a double for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend at Thurles.

The 8-11 favourite tracked Val De Ferbet in the early stages of the Listed contest and travelled powerfully throughout, before pulling clear on the back straight and leaving the pacesetter 24 lengths behind at the line, with Townend barely having to move a muscle.

The double was completed when 11-10 favourite Ainsi Va La Vie was equally impressive in winning the Sportsmens Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Townend was happy to track the early pacesetters on the grey, who picked up in taking fashion when asked turning for home and powered clear to win by 13 lengths from Martello Park.

Billys Hope gave Jessica Harrington a winner when landing the Go Racing At Thurles Mares Beginners Chase.

Though Mullins' Asthuria built up a big lead on the back straight, the odds-on favourite was reeled in by the 7-1 winner, who responded well to Robbie Power's urgings to win by three lengths.

Burren Life justified odds-on favouritism to land the INH Stallion Owners EBF Rated Novice Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott's 9-10 chance never looked in danger under Jack Kennedy, easing clear at the second last and scoring by 11 lengths from Mary Frances.

Elliott made it a double on the card when Gun Digger landed the Holycross Flat Race.

1-2 favourite Rio Vivas led entering the straight, but was brushed aise close home as Lisa O'Neill drove the 11-2 winner a length and a half ahead of All For Joy.

John Walsh's Broder (15-2) proved way too strong for his rivals in the www.thurlesraces.ie Handicap Hurdle, winning by eight lengths under Sean Flanagan, while the jockey completed a double when guiding Eric Larkin's 20-1 chance Oakfield Rose to another eight-length success in the Killinan Handicap Hurdle.

Elliott doubles up with Gun Digger

Gordon Elliott continued his superb recent run of success with a double at Thurles as Gun Digger landed the Holycross INH Flat Race to add to the earlier victory of Burren Life.

THE IRISH TIMES