Thurles

Thurles is a right-handed track of around a mile and a quarter and with its fairly steep descent to the two-furlong home straight the track can be considered undulating and is very much sharp in character, favouring the handy type of horse. There are seven fences to a circuit of the chase course, with two in the home straight, and a run-in of around a furlong. The course has incredible resiliance drainage wise and as a result very few meetings are abandoned. The completion rate for incompletions runs at about 12% which is above average and with the uphill finish it does suit a horse with some proven stamina or a jockey who appreciates the track as it can be worth taking a wide berth in when the ground cuts up. The times at Thurles for both the hurdles and chase courses are on the slow side.