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Powerstation repeat could light up Thurles

A SOMEWHAT low-key day of racing in Britain and Ireland lies ahead on Thursday but there are plenty of competitive heats spread across the five meetings, and at Thurles the appearance of some familiar names in the Premier County Hurdle (4.20).

Eamonn O'Connell's 12-year-old veteran Powerstation, who at his peak won a Grade 2 and finished third in the World Hurdle, looks to repeat his 2008 victory in the race.

He faces Muirhead from the yard of Noel Meade, who features in Thursday's Racing Post stable tour, 2011 RSA Chase winner Bostons Angel and the Paul Nolan-trained Shinrock Paddy.

Nolan said of his eight-year-old: "We’ve gone back to hurdles because he has just been disappointing over fences so far. His last run on the Flat was on heavy ground and, though he has handled testing ground before, it was deeper than he’d like. We’re hoping he runs respectably here."

In Britain the pick of the action comes from Carlisle, where Tony McCoy, fresh from a treble at Fontwell on Wednesday, holds a strong hand of five rides including Another Trump, the 7-4 favourite in the opener.

soft, good to soft in places chase; soft hurdle
Ludlow good
Southwell AW standard
Thurles yielding, yielding to soft in places
Wolverhampton AW standard

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