Best bets for Punchestown and Clonmel – Thursday 3 September Irish racing tips

Thursday sees two Irish horse racing fixtures going to post on the flat and over the jumps; we pick out our best bets for Punchestown and Clonmel.

Irish horse racing fans have two meetings to look forward to on Thursday with action both over the sticks and on the flat as 15 races unfold across the day’s fixtures in support of Thursday’s racing action in the United Kingdom.

The afternoon action sees an eight-race card take place at Punchestown on the flat; while jumps racing goes to post at Clonmel in the evening. We’ve taken a look at both of Thursday’s Irish horse racing fixture and give our best bets for Punchestown and Clonmel.


1:55 Punchestown – Flat Racing Back In Town Race (3yo+) 7f

FAME AND ACCLAIM arrives on a hat-trick having struck wins at Cork and the Curragh, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can continue his progression with a third successive win despite this contest representing his toughest test to date.

The Acclamation gelding is going the right way, improving markedly as a three-year old and he won a shade comfortably when last seen beating Frank Arthur by a half-length at the Curragh in July. He had previously won impressively over Bella Brazil with a three lengths’ victory and there could be more in the locker still to come.

Placed in testing conditions in earlier outings he shouldn’t be inconvenienced by this softer ground and likely to be just as effective over this furlong shorter trip it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him taking another forward step in this contest to land his hat-trick.

3:55 Punchestown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m1f

SHE’S OUR QUEEN could be worth chancing to bounce back having shaped better than the bare result when last seen at Leopardstown in August.

Johnny Murtagh’s Toronado filly had shown improved form with each start, getting off the mark when upped to ten furlongs at Down Royal in July with a defeat of Fictitious Lady by a half-length. She then met with trouble in running behind Lampetia on her last outing but had a subsequent winner behind her and there may be more to come.

Conditions underfoot here should pose no issues and the drop in trip to nine furlongs ought not to be a concern either given she had gone close at the Curragh over one mile back in June.

She can race from the same mark here having looked unlucky last time and still with potential for better to come she can make her presence felt here.

Henry de Bromhead saddles one of our best bets at Punchestown.

Henry de Bromhead saddles one of our best bets at Punchestown.

4:35 Clonmel – Redmondstown Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f

A chance us taken on the fitness of JANUARY JETS who boasts some very useful form from last season and if lack of a recent run doesn’t prove a hindrance then Henry de Bromhead’s charge can make a winning reappearance.

A point to point winner prior to joining Jessica Harrington, his last start saw him finish third behind The Big Getaway at Naas back in January; that form has since been boosted given the winner placed third in a Grade One at the Cheltenham Festival, while the runner-up won next time up before finishing in midfield in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Having since joined the Henry de Bromhead team he makes his reappearance in a very winnable race and assuming the drop back to two miles doesn’t catch him out then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him post a bold bid to get off the mark over timber.

5:10 Clonmel – Sir Thomas Bridge Opportunity Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f

UNCLE HENRY showed some useful form for Joseph O’Brien both on the flat and over hurdles where he twice made the frame in starts at Gowran Park and Cork, and the Henrythenavigator gelding made a winning debut for Gordon Elliott when returning from a lengthy layoff to strike at Ballinrobe last month.

The six-year old perhaps won a shade easier than it might appear as he cruised into the race before asserting after the last and although he was all-out to hold off Kendancer who made up plenty of ground it was perhaps just a lack of sharpness late on that prevented Gordon Elliott’s charge from registering a more convincing success.

The form of that win has taken a couple of knocks, but the selection could build on the run and is likely to be much sharper now; while he’s been given a decent amount of time to get over those earlier exertions. Still lightly raced over hurdles he could yet have more to offer in this sphere and he can improve further for his top yard.