Glenfinn Captain ranks as best bet

THURLES houses its first meeting of the National Hunt season this afternoon, starting with a particularly competitive programme.

It isn’t easy finding one which could be rated a half-decent wager, but Glenfinn Captain should give us a big run in the Vendee Hurdle.

He is far better known as a chaser, of course, and is almost certainly having a spin over flights before returning to his true vocation.

His fitness too has to be taken on trust, although Tom Taaffe’s charges are currently in rare order, as evidenced by the success of Treacle in the Munster National at Limerick and Soverign in a maiden hurdle at Cork on Sunday.

The selection came right back to his best over fences last season and it is worth recording won at the first time of asking in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Whatuthink is, arguably, the best horse in the Thurles Beginners Chase and Ruby Walsh is a significant booking.

But two and a quarter miles round here seems on the short side and he does have to leave a bad run on the flat, when he went off favourite at Bellewstown, behind.

A hopeful nod then falls on Bob Lingo, who hasn’t been since finishing a disappointing third behind Freds Benefit at Punchestown back in November.

It is interesting, though, that this smart sort is now launched straight over fences and Tom Mullins’ horses too are in good shape.

Mullins might also provide the answer to the Cashel Maiden Hurdle with the very frustrating Pay The Ferryman.

She has had lots of chances, but this is a weak race and the ground was surely far too fast when third on her latest appearance in a modest event behind Amie Magnificent at Roscommon.

Gonebeyondrecall, beaten a length into second by Lucky Wish at Fairyhouse, could land the Horse And Jockey Beginners Chase.

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