Don Cossack To Race In Thurles Next Thursday

Horse 5The Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack heads an entry of 12 horses for the €40,000 Grade 2 Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles on Thursday, January 15th. Unbeaten on his last three starts, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned eight-year-old was the clear-cut winner of the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase in December and will be bidding to give his high-flying trainer a first success in the Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Chase. Willie Mullins has entered five horses for the race he won with the Ruby Walsh-ridden Apt Approach in 2012. Twinlight, winner of the Grade 1 Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas, is the highest rated of the quintet, closely followed by Champagne Fever, fourth home in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Ballycasey, Turban and Djakadam complete the champion trainer’s entries. Texas Jack gave Noel Meade his first success in the historic event 12 months ago and he could line up again. Nine-time champion jockey Charlie Swan rode the Arthur Moore-trained Manhattan Castle to victory back in 1998 and he could be represented by Make A Track. Rathlin could run for trainer Mouse Morris, successful with Buck House in 1986 while Paddy Griffin, who sent out Feltrim Hill Lad to win in 1989, has entered Maggio, a five-time winner in the UK but yet to win a race in Ireland. Hayley O’Connor of Ladbrokes said: “As the new sponsors, we’re really pleased to see the illustrious list of entries. It looks a classy, competitive field, with Don Cossack heading our opening show of betting.” Justin Carthy, Head of Racecourse Management for the firm said: “We are delighted with the addition of the prestigious Grade Two Kinloch Brae Chase to our list of sponsorships. I would like to thank Kate Molony and the team at Thurles for their helpful working relationship.”