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'Pottsie' primed to scoop Thurles feature for Harrington


Harrington: Big hopes for Sizing Pottsie. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Harrington: Big hopes for Sizing Pottsie. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile


Harrington: Big hopes for Sizing Pottsie. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

THURLES is the only show in town today with ITV cameras making their way to the Tipperary venue given the dearth of action on either side of the Irish Sea.

Viewers can also watch the meeting on Virgin Media Two and won't be disappointed with the Grade Three Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (3.10) headlining where any of the nine contenders could land the €55,000 prize.

Ministerforsport got Noel O'Neill off to a dream start as a trainer when his first runner was a winner just over two years ago and the Cork trainer's stable star delivered a career-best run when just touched off in a Naas Grade Three earlier this month.

The nine-year-old holds a chance despite still being a maiden after nine chase starts but Phillip Enright's mount will have to improve again to overcome the market leaders.

Jessica Harrington's Sizing Pottsie handed the re-opposing Cut The Mustard a sound beating in a similar event two weeks ago and even with less testing ground this time around, that form should be firmly franked.

He has back-to-back wins over fences and looks an exciting prospect, while Emmet Mullins' Zero Ten is another with plenty of potential, although he comes here on a retrieval mission having fallen last time out and Sizing Pottsie is the one to side with under the ever-reliable Robbie Power.

There's also plenty to get the teeth stuck into at Downpatrick tomorrow and while there will be no Aintree Grand National this season due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Randox Ulster National (3.10) goes ahead as planned at the Down track.

Gordon Elliott saddles six - including 2018 scorer Poormans Hill - with Out Sam of interest at double-figure odds following his sterling effort when third in Cheltenham's Cross Country Chase earlier this month despite a shuddering mistake.

No horse has won this 3m4½f stamina test carrying more than 11-0 since subsequent Aintree Grand National winner Pineau De Re took the spoils in 2013 and last year's winner Amaulino ticks the box in that regard.

PJ O'Hanlon's 7lb claim means that the seven-year-old races off a handy weight of 10-13 and having had two pipe-openers over hurdles this season, his handicap mark is intact and he looks to have been laid out for this and is set to bely his lofty odds.

Elsewhere, Ballyadam was a talking horse before his track debut last month but failed to oblige at Navan despite travelling strongly and Elliott's charge is taken on with €250,000 point-to-point purchase Yousayitbest an interesting newcomer for Henry de Bromhead, with Patrick Mullins an eye-ctaching booking.

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