Weekend horse racing tips for cards at Thurles and Downpatrick

SIZING POTTSIE is fancied to continue his upward curve over fences with a victory in the Grade 3 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (3.10) at Thurles today.

With racing in Britain cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the ITV cameras are in action in Ireland, where one meeting per day is permitted behind closed doors.

And the Co Tipperary track’s feature is a good opportunity for Jessica Harrington’s son of Kapgarde to add to scores at Fairyhouse and Navan in his two outings this year.

The latter of those wins came by 12 lengths from Cut The Mustard in a Grade 3 test and, although the race conditions ask Robbie Power’s mount to concede 6lb and upwards to his rivals, Sizing Pottsie should prove up to the job.

After a near-miss in a similar event over two miles here 16 days ago, JOHNNY LITTLE LEGS gets the vote for compensation in the BetVictor Handicap Hurdle (2.40).

Sean O’Brien’s son of Getaway went under by a short head to Chalky White that day, but his pedigree suggests the additional six and a half furlongs here should help the five-year-old, who has had just five outings over timber, in his bid to go one better.

She returned to winning form in handicap company at Punchestown last month, and MARY FRANCES has an excellent chance of a follow-up in the BetVictor Hurdle.

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