Timeform: End the week on this 13/1 treble at Thurles

This would be a nice end to the week wouldn't it? Yea....

Ayr Races


Conditions are likely to be fairly testing at Thurles with the ground still forecast as being soft to heavy. Although if it does go deeper between now and then, horses will be finishing slower than Paula Radcliffe after a pre-marathon vindaloo.

1.50pm – Articulum @ 9/4

Terence O’Brien certainly would be one of the lesser-known of the three-thousand O’Briens in racing but he looks to have a good horse on his hands in the shape of Articulum, who won a couple of bumpers before winning at Cork on his hurdling debut in November. The ground was particularly testing that day so it is hard to work out exactly what he achieved, but he looks progressive and is definitely of interest.

2.50pm – American Tom @ 11/8

The Kinloch Brae Chase has provided the last two winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup (Don Cossack and then Sizing John last year) but there don’t look to be any Gold Cup pretenders in this year’s race. A Toi Phil tops the ratings but would be vulnerable to the improving American Tom. Owned by Donald Trump Rich Ricci, American Tom is still lightly raced after just four starts for Willie Mullins and should have more to offer.

3.20pm – Dinaria Des Obeaux @ 10/11

If Gordon Elliott/Gigginstown don’t take the Kinloch Brae they should gain compensation in the Grade 2 mares’ novices’ chase in the following race with Dinaria des Obeaux. She was only a four-year-old when pitched in to Grade 1 races against the boys on her last two starts and should find this much easier. She bolted up on her last start in mares’ company and should be able to do similar here. The likes of Magic of Light and Kate Appleby Shoes look the main dangers but in truth Dinaria Des Obeaux should win.

Timeform’s Treble Selections:

1.50pm – Articulum @ 9/4
2.50pm – American Tom @ 8/11
3.20pm – Dinaria Des Obeaux @ 10/11

*Treble pays 13/1
*All prices correct at time of posting

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