Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Veteran powered up for Thurles

Powerstation
Powerstation

Powerstation bids to show he is no back number when he takes on eight rivals in the Premier County Hurdle at Thurles on Thursday.

Eamonn O'Connell's 12-year-old took the corresponding race in 2008 and last graced the winner's enclosure in December 2011. The County Tipperary trainer believes his veteran retains his enthusiasm for the game and is hopeful of a decent run.

"He's going grand. We'll keep him going and see where it takes us," said O'Connell.

"He still wants to do it so we will run him and see. He's in good form so he should run OK."

Powerstation faces stiff opposition including Noel Meade's Muirhead, a winner over fences at Galway last month.

John Hanlon will be hoping for a revival from Western Leader, while Paul Nolan relies on Shinrock Paddy. Both horses are fit from a recent run on the Flat.

The Willie Mullins-trained Pique Sous, third to stablemate Champagne Fever in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, will try to go one better over timber in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.

The five-year-old was second of 23 behind Ted Dolly on his hurdling bow at Cork in August.

The Westerner Boy, a point-to-point and bumper winner, was beaten at odds-on over hurdles in May and trainer Colm Murphy will be hoping losses can be recouped when the J P McManus-owned five-year-old makes his debut over fences in division one of the www.thurles.ie Beginners Chase.

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