Mullins and Walsh alliance can strike with Snowy Morning
The Willie Mullins-Ruby Walsh partnership seldom depart from Thurles empty-handed and they can combine to land the Kinloch Brae Chase there this afternoon with the well-exposed Snowy Morning.
This champion alliance captured the Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse earlier this month with Scotsirish, whose closest pursuer at the finish of that similar Grade Two event was the year-older Snowy Morning.
That dour staying performance by the 10-year-old suggested a 10th success on the track was imminent for the Moscow Society gelding and today's step up in trip for the all-aged contest could be a real bonus.
Walsh's mount should be better suited also to the Thurles circuit than he was at Tramore on New Year's Day when outpaced by The Fonze, whose immediate victim, Anothercoppercoast, boosted the form last Saturday at Leopardstown.
Former Cheltenham hero Newmill, which took the 2006 renewal of this event, was foiled by Snowy Morning at Killarney last May and the veteran could struggle to reverse that outcome though remaining top-rated off a mark of 154.
The following Septimus Novice Chase confined to mares, which is worth slightly more, may result in Royal Choice maintaining the fine strike-rate of Henry de Bromhead's runners over fences in particular.
This well-bred sort jumped splendidly for Andrew Lynch when launched over fences in Cork where she had Tally Em Up, which proved marginally too good here last week for hotpot Moskova, back in fourth.
Tally Em Up's trainer Philip Rothwell and jockey Davy Russell should have better luck earlier in the session with Vinnies Friend -- a fast-finishing second to Baily Rock at Leopardstown -- in the Leugh Handicap Hurdle.
Russell could also be successful aboard Charlie Swan's hitherto luckless Cool Dude Luke in the Irish Stallion Owners Novice Hurdle despite West Ship Master's creditable second to Elysian Rock over this route recently.
Rothwell's Tinahely stable have a prime candidate also for the opening maiden hurdle in Paddy O Dee, which attained a mark of 102 after his promising fourth to Prince Of Fire in better company at Leopardstown.
The funeral took place from Thurles Cathedral yesterday of popular local jeweller Matty Ryan, who regularly stewarded at the three Tipperary tracks, was a member of the INHS Committee and former chairman of North Tipperary Hospice.