Timeform's Irish team bring you their three best bets at Thurles this Thursday...
"Instead we side with Gigginstown improver Raise Hell, who looks to have a lot more to offer over fences and should begin to realise some of that potential today"
We begin, rather appropriately, with the opening beginners chase (12:55), where Letter of Credit can go close on form if he's able to cut out the jumping errors which have plagued the start of his career over the larger obstacles. However, instead we side with Gigginstown improver Raise Hell, who looks to have a lot more to offer over fences and should begin to realise some of that potential today.
A valuable listed contest up next (13:25) containing two former Grade 1 Winners, one of which can be discounted as we haven't seen the best of Kevin Nolan's Noble Prince for some time now. That leaves a duel between Realt Dubh and Quito de la Roque, with preference narrowly for Realt Dubh due to the fact that he is in receipt of 10 lb in today's contest.
Today's final bet comes in the handicap hurdle over two miles (15:25) in which Famous Ballerina deserves to break her duck, and should do so. She has gone close the last twice including when caught on the line at Clonmel a week ago, and is taken to gain compensation here. There are dangers in what looks a competitive contest with Ballysassian and Lortzing looking the most likely to challenge.
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