Snowy Morning forecast for Thurles

SNOWY MORNING is the hopeful choice in the Grade 2 Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles this afternoon.

In a contest which has attracted just seven runners, it is certainly possible to find fault with them all.

Willie Mullins’ ten-year-old, however, looks the most reliable proposition and, on a very tricky programme, is burdened with the nap vote.

He has developed into a bit of an in-and-out performer, but a repeat of his latest performance would surely be good enough.

At Fairyhouse eleven days ago, in a much hotter Grade 2 than this, Snowy Morning was beaten four lengths into second by smart stable companion Scotsirish.

Hopefully, that will have boosted the selection’s confidence and an extra three furlongs to travel now looks ideal.

Jimmy Mangan has prospects of a double with Gold Cygnet and Rudi Trucker. Gold Cygnet was two and a half lengths runner-up to Kauto Relko - subsequent winner Binocular was third - over an inadequate two miles at Cork and should go close in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Novice Hurdle.

Rudi Trucker is the one they all have to beat in the Arctic Stud Hunters Chase.

He is well proven at this level and was bowling along merrily in front at Down Royal last time when taking an uncharacteristic fall four out, contest won by Agus A Vic.

The former Aidan O’Brien-trained Hail Caesar, now in the care of Ted Walsh, and Tom Cooper’s French-import Son Amix, who used to be with Francois Doumen, are interesting possibilities in the Moycarkey Hurdle.

Mild reference, however, is for the tried and trusted Our Nana Rose, fourth on this track on her latest appearance behind Action Master.

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