Clonmel Best Bets – Three Selections from Thursday’s Meeting in Ireland

Burrows Saint will be the star name on the card at Clonmel this Thursday.Burrows Saint will be the star name on the card at Clonmel this Thursday.

Clonmel Horse Racing Tips – Thursday, December 2

Thursday’s racing in Ireland comes from Clonmel where they host a seven-race card. Our editor has picked out a trio of best bets on the card. 

Vee Dancer (13:00 Powerstown Handicap Hurdle, 2m 43y)

It was interesting to see such strong market confidence behind VEE DANCER last time out at Down Royal. The seven-year-old had been beaten out of sight since joining trainer Ronan Mcnally but definitely showed improvement last time out when finishing sixth over 3miles.

The six-year-old was sent off at 8/1 last time out after a recent spin on the flat but could not get competitive after racing keenly throughout. That was the first time Vee Dancer had gone off single digits in the betting after recently being priced up at 200/1, 150/1 and 50/1 when last seen over hurdles.

It will be interesting to see how Vee Dancer performs on Thursday now back at 2miles but it’s also worth noting that he has been entered for three other engagements at the weekend, and that could be a sign that the yard might be looking to strike whilst the iron is hot. 

Burrows Saint (13:30 Jim Strang & Sons Kilsheelan (Peugeot) Hurdle, 3m)

Willie Mullins provides the star attraction on the card in the shape of BURROWS SAINT who was last seen running a mighty race in the Grand National at Aintree when finishing fourth behind a trio of Irish runners. 

The former 2019 Irish Grand National winner will be geared up for another campaign over fences and another tilt at the Grand National next year looks assured. However, the eight-year-old went close in this hurdle contest last season but ultimately faded due to the heavy ground. 

The last jockey to partner Burrows Saint to success was Rachael Blackmore and she is enlisted once more. The eight-year-old was a decent hurdler and he might have enough to win this if his class can pull him through. 

Brawler (14:30 Clonmel Racecourse Supporters Club Beginners Chase, 2m)

This really should be straightforward for BRAWLER who ran with great promise earlier in the year when filling the runner-up spot on four different occasions. 

The six-year-old put up some notable performances including when contesting Novices’ Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse and splitting the 136 rated Jungle Junction and the 140 rated Epson Du Houx for Henry De Bromhead. That form has subsequently taken a recent boost with Henry De Bromhead’s runner scoring at Cork in November. 

A recent return at Fairyhouse should have Brawler spot on for Thursday’s assignment and it will be disappointing if connections can’t land this weak contest.