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Horse racing tips for Thurles: Angus McNae's three best bets for Wednesday

By Angus McNae
Wed 27 Jan 2021

The rearranged seven-race card at Thurles on Wednesday will be shown live on Racing TV on Wednesday.

It's great news that it has been rescheduled as there is some quality action to look forward to, with the feature being the Grade Two Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase (12.45pm) asnd that's where my first fancy runs.

12.45 Thurles: Allaho

Allaho remains a horse of some potential despite a rather disappointing start to the season.

He started the season in the John Durkan at Punchestown where he faded tamely in the closing stages. He then contested the Savills chase at Leopardstown where he finished fourth to A Plus Tard where he was beaten decisively, but that was a much better effort than he put up in the John Durkan.

He travelled very strongly and jumped well before getting tired. It’s possible that he still needed that run, and that he will improve significantly for it.

His excellent third in the RSA chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year where he travelled well, and was arguably committed for home too soon, is still fresh in the mind.

The drop back to two and a half miles here will suit him, and now is not the time to give up on this classy chaser. He can get back on track here.

2.30 Thurles: Vintage Prosseco

This Limerick bumper winner made a fine start to his hurdling career when finishing second at Down Royal in December.

He led the field in that contest and raced with enthusiasm before finding just one too good.

It was a meritorious performance though, given he finished 20 lengths clear of the third.

This race is no better in terms of quality and it is never a bad thing in this grade to be with a horse who is likely to make the running and get the others out of their comfort zone at an early stage of the race.

I expect him to bowl along in front and he will take a good deal of catching thereafter, given the zest that he showed last time out.

He rates a very solid play here.

3.05 Thurles: No Grey Area's

Finds himself back in a handicap having won a novice hurdle in good style at Limerick last time out.

He won comfortably there and quickened up to win going away. As a result of that, his handicap mark has risen to 115, but he is a thoroughly progressive type who is open to more improvement.

He is a strong traveller whose jumping seems to have improved a good deal of late. Expect him to be dropped out and be produced late here.

I am sure that his progression has not come to an end and he can complete the hat-trick here under his regular rider.

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