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Sinoria is tipped for the top after Thurles joy

Henry de Bromhead
Henry de Bromhead

By Martin Kelly

Henry de Bromhead expects Sinoria to go on to bigger and better things after a successful debut over fences at Thurles yesterday.

The six-year-old won two of her first three starts over hurdles last season, including a Listed victory against the boys at Punchestown in February.

She subsequently journeyed across the Irish Sea for the Cheltenham Festival, but finished down the field in the Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

With the high-class Willie Mullins-trained mare Good Thyne Tara the even-money favourite, Sinoria was a 6-4 chance for the Go Racing At Thurles Mares Beginners Chase - and it was a straight shoot-out between the two from a long way out.

Always in front in the hands of Rachael Blackmore, Sinoria began to assert her authority before the home turn and an untidy leap at the final fence did not prevent her from winning by 12 lengths.

De Bromhead said: "Rachael was brilliant on her and she jumped great bar the last, when she probably got a bit lonely. It's the start you could only hope for.

"The Grade Three mares' novice chase in Mallow (Cork) on Hilly Way Chase day is next on my mind for her. She'll go on most grounds and appreciates a nice bit of ease. She enjoys chasing and I'm delighted with her."

Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power combined to win the INH Stallion Owners EBF Rated Novice Hurdle with Silver Sheen.

The 3-1 shot readily pulled six and a half lengths clear of Allez Dance, with 13-8 favourite Royal Thief the same distance further away in third position.

The trainer's daughter Kate Harrington said: "I bought him for £30,000 for John Turner last February and he is from the family of Moscow (Flyer)."

Having seen Footpad make an impressive start to his campaign in the feature event earlier in the afternoon, Willie Mullins completed a double in the concluding bumper with Asterion Forlonge.

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