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Swan bidding farewell

Charlie Swan will be hoping Drumlee can help him bid a victorious farewell to the National Hunt scene in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Breeders Fund Rated Novice Chase at Thurles.

Swan is set to relinquish his training licence at the end of the week and while he has a couple of entries on the level at Dundalk on Friday, Drumlee will be his final runner over obstacles in this two-mile event.

The seven-year-old has got his head in front since last March but his second place last time out combined with a joint-top rating of 116 means there is every chance he can strike gold for his retiring handler.

Elsie, the other runner rated at 116, is an obvious threat along with the likes of wide-margin Tramore winner Davinia's Tip and Limerick third Benrouge.

Shamiran heads the field for the feature race of the day, the Thurles Handicap Hurdle, as he drops back to the smaller obstacles after a couple of unsuccessful chase outings.

Really Unique and Shuilamach will surely be popular selections, with the latter having claimed victory at Cork earlier in the month.

Our Katie chased home the classy Vroum Vroum Mag in a Grade Three on her latest outing and is a likely favourite in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Beginners Chase.

The Willie Mullins-trained Totally Dominant heads the runners in the thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle with the dual bumper winner on something of a retrieval mission after finishing only fourth on his hurdles bow.

Mullins saddles Listen Dear in the closing Fethard INH Flat Race with the mare having placed second on her only point to point outing to date.

Spacious Sky in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle and Jim Dreaper's mulitple point to point winner Venitien De Mai in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle are others to note on a busy afternoon of action.

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