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Grade 1 winners clash
in Thurles chase

REALT DUBH and Quito De La Roque, who between them have five Grade 1 wins, clash today at Thurles (1.25) but both have questions to answer.

Realt Dubh has not won since landing his third Grade 1 at the end of his novice chasing career in 2011, while Quito De La Roque fell for the first time in his 20 outings at Gowran last time out.

Colm Murphy, trainer of Quito De La Roque, said: “He won a Grade 2 chase here in January, but the ground was soft to heavy then. It will be completely different going this time and we are hoping the heavens might open, although he did win at Aintree on good ground. He has to give weight away to a few decent horses, but overall he’s not without his chance.”

Noel Meade, trainer of Realt Dubh, said: “The conditions of the race suit him and he seems well. But it’s his first run of the season and I’d like to see some rain for him.”

Among their four rivals is former Cheltenham Festival winner Noble Prince and the 11-year-old Fosters Cross, ten times a winner over fences, hurdles and on the Flat.

Today's pointer
Alan King is 6/14 with his hurdlers at Towcester since the start of 2011 (+£3.85 to £1 stakes.) He runs Hollow Penny in the 2m5f handicap (2.10).

Pointer provided by Raceform Interactive

Going
Lingfield
Standard
Musselburgh Good, good to firm in places
Thurles Chase good; Hurdle good, good to yielding in places
Towcester Good to soft, soft in places
Wolverhampton Standard

 
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