Clonmel best bets – Tips for Thursday’s Irish racing fixture over the sticks
Clonmel tips on Thursday
With just one meeting going to post in Ireland on Thursday we’ve picked out our Clonmel best bets over the sticks.
Thursday’s Irish horse racing action sees just one fixture going to post over the sticks although there is Grade Three action on the card at Clonmel. In all there will be seven jumps races for fans of Irish horse racing to take in and we’ve looked over the day’s racecard to pick out our Clonmel best bets and tips over the sticks.
CLONMEL BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S IRISH RACING FIXTURE
1:45 Clonmel – Surehaul Race Day Mares Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3f
HUMBLE GLORY has shaped with promise in two starts over hurdles either side of a bumper win at Punchestown and Gordon Elliott’s charge is taken to open his account over obstacles here.
The Fame And Glory mare was last seen finishing runner-up behind Lady Breffni at Punchestown in January, not helped by being hampered two out and then making a last flight mistake; but he finished strongly to only go down by little over one length with the front pair pulling well clear.
That looks decent form and open to further progress he can make his presence felt in the opening race of the day.
2:20 Clonmel – Derrygrath Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m
ENVIOUS EDITOR has been in good form of late finishing in the frame in each of his first four starts for Gordon Elliott following a switch from Jessica Harrington’s yard and the Aizavoski gelding can get off the mark under Rules.
A former winner between the flags the seven-year old might have found the run coming too soon when last seen finishing down the field at Leopardstown on Boxing Day behind Dysart Diamond.
That was his handicap debut and he was hampered mid-race so perhaps he can be forgiven that effort although that race has thrown up a couple of winners since. The form of his earlier runner-up effort has also taken a boost and given a breather since his latest effort he could bounce back here with a better performance.
2:55 Clonmel – Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 3m
RAGNAR LODBROK sets a decent standard on his form to date and Gordon Elliott’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Fame And Glory gelding was only beaten eight lengths behind Appreciate It in a Leopardstown bumper last December and he has taken well to hurdling this term where he was a winner at Galway in October before twice making the frame in starts at Cork which includes a Grade Three contest behind Sayce Gold.
The drop back in trip might not have suited him when taking in the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle on his last outing and while he failed to beat a rival he ran well for a way and he’s likely to appreciate this easier assignment back in a Grade Three.
The form of that Naas contest is strong and the application of blinkers now as opposed to cheekpieces could yield a chunk of improvement. Proven over trip and ground he can post a big effort in this contest and no surprise to see him going close.
5:05 Clonmel – Caherclough Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-102) 2m4f
PRESENTING POINT has taken a little time to get to grips with chasing but he bounced back from a three months’ break to find only All The Chimneys too strong at Thurles in November before going one better next time at Tramore with a defeat of Crack On Corrie.
Edward O’Grady’s charge might have been amiss when pulled up back at Tramore next time out and he could be worth forgiving that run now he’s had more of a break between runs.
There could still be better to come from the Presenting gelding over the larger obstacles and still relatively unexposed as a chaser he could go close off the same mark if replicating the performance he turned in for his breakthrough victory.