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Sizing up to task as it's also time to 'catchme'


TALENT: Sizing Pottsie can demonstrate the potential he possesses at Thurles. Photo: Patrick McCann

TALENT: Sizing Pottsie can demonstrate the potential he possesses at Thurles. Photo: Patrick McCann

TALENT: Sizing Pottsie can demonstrate the potential he possesses at Thurles. Photo: Patrick McCann

Sizing Pottsie can again underscore his potential with victory in the Grade Three Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase at Thurles today.

The six-year-old shaped well in bumpers and over hurdles, but he had a bit of a false start to his chasing career when unshipping his rider at the first attempt at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting.

He was already beaten in fifth when he clattered the final obstacle, but the experience was clearly not lost on him as he has hardly looked back since.

Jessica Harrington sent him for a weak-looking event at Fairyhouse next time and he duly obliged by 15 lengths with the minimum of fuss, easing down a long way before the line.

Sizing Pottsie then had his sights raised to Grade Three level at Navan at the start of the month - a move that duly proved well within his scope as he powered home by 12 lengths.

It was not totally straightforward as he did hit a flat spot and then ran around a bit, but once he seized control before jumping the last, he pulled away in impressive style.

Sizing Pottsie cost 220,000 euros back in 2017 and can repay another chunk of that here.

Karl Der Grosse is a fascinating runner as he returns to action in the www.thurlesraces.ie Hurdle.

A comprehensive winner over hurdles on his debut for Willie Mullins in August 2018, he failed to meet expectations when only third the next time and then found his campaign coming to an early close after being pulled up in February 2019.

Obviously he has a long absence to overcome here, but he appeared to have a touch of class previously

Mullins can also be on the mark with stable favourite Max Dynamite in the Devil's Bit Beginners Chase.

Third in the Melbourne Cup three years ago, Max Dynamite has successfully mixed it over hurdles and on the level but has struggled to make his mark in two chase starts so far.

The 10-year-old is worth another chance here in what appears to be an average event.

Politesse could be the one to follow in the Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle. Trained by Lorna Fowler, the six-year-old's form looks very solid, with her initial bumper third last May working out well as Albert Bartlett winner Monkfish was just in front of her in second.

She then placed in a Grade Two bumper before hacking up when dropped in class at Thurles at the end of last month. Fowler has wasted no time in moving to hurdles and Politesse looks a horse on the up.

Tomorrow, Ifyoucatchmenow can confirm her status as an up-and-coming stayer with victory in the Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase at Downpatrick.

The seven-year-old seemingly thrived for a step-up in trip to an extended three-and-a-half miles when claiming a first chase win in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown last month.

She had not shown much in three previous runs, but she made the most of her feather weight in what was a thrilling finish to that marathon event.

Ifyoucatchmenow now was initially found wanting for a bit of pace, but she hit her stride approaching the last and dug deep to eventually prevail by a head in very testing conditions.

Willie Mullins' charge has been raised 8lb for that win, but that may not be enough to stop her with soft ground again a positive factor.

Gordon Elliott fields three in the WKD Rated Hurdle and The Very Man appears to be the stable first string with Davy Russell aboard.

He has been pretty consistent this season, placing on four of his five starts, striking gold on the most recent of those runs at Naas earlier this month.