Racing continues today on ITV from Ireland and Alan Thompson has two Jessica Harrington runners that he likes at Thurles...
"steps up to what looks like his favoured trip under Robbie Power, who's been on board for two of his three victories"
Jetz could be too classy for these
Jessica Harrington's charge Jetz gets in here off the same mark as when he run second when going over timber for the first time for nearly two years at Leopardstown three weeks ago. He was a placed in a listed company last year, finishing third behind Footpad at this track, and in 2018 was placed in a Grade 1. The eight-year-old gelding has leading claims as he steps up to what looks like his favoured trip under Robbie Power, who's been on board for two of his three victories. He is more than capable in this grade and reproduction of his Leopardstown run should see him close.
Trainer Martin Hassett is saddling the favourite in the race Mary Frances who has obvious claims being a course and distance winner here and ran a cracker finishing behind The Storyteller at Clonmel in December. Connections then tried her in graded company a couple of times but that looks beyond the mare, but when dropped back in class at Punchestown last time, she run out a ready winner of a three-miles handicap. However, because of that career best success she goes up to a new high of 134 for today's race and that may be asking a bit much of the eight-year-old.
Sizing Pottsie can make it a hat-trick of wins
This is a really good Grade 3 contest and my preference is for another Jessica Harrington runner in the shape of Sizing Pottsie, the six-year-old gelding has made a great start over fences and followed up his Fairyhouse win in fine style in a two mile Grade 3 at Navan last time. He jumped really well that day and drew clear of the field to win as he liked in the distinctive green and yellow Ann & Alan Potts colours, he can make it three wins from three starts in 2020.
The big threat comes from Zero Ten, Emmet Mullins' top class hurdler had previously made a successful chase debut at Galway over this trip in July and ran well to finish behind Irish Arkle runner-up Cash Back at Naas next time. David Mullins takes the ride and is four wins from five rides aboard the seven-year-old, so if he gets around you have to think he will be there or thereabouts at the finish. However, he fell at Punchestown last time out and you just wonder if that will have hurt his confidence and against a quality performer like Sizing Pottsie he will have to be foot perfect.
2020 (prior to this week) : -1.67 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 1 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2020 P&L -1.67 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts