3.35 Thurles – Thurles Handicap Hurdle
Despite shouldering top weight in what looks a competitive race, the 9/1 about OUR KATIE seems more than fair. This horse looked to be a mare going places two starts back when winning here, at Thurles, in taking fashion.
The race she scored in wasn’t great, but the third home is a useful mare herself and she was well and truly beaten off. The selection done it in style and carried a penalty too. It was an impressive victory and she jumped well throughout.
Her performance above screamed black type and connections obviously felt the same as they stepped her up in class and sent her to England for her next start, in a Listed contest. She would run well below par, but Haydock is a far cry from Thurles and she should enjoy a return to this stiffer track.
It’s a positive the excellent Paul Townend keeps the ride and his post-race quotes of connections “could go anywhere with her!” means a rating of 123 may underestimate her. A return to Thurles will suit and while the ground will be slower than when she won here she has won on soft/heavy terrain.
2pts each-way OUR KATIE @9/1 (Ladbrokes, William Hill)