Clonmel tips and best bets – Thursday’s Irish horse racing tips
We pick out our Clonmel tips and best bets for Thursday’s Irish racing action over the sticks.
While four meetings again head to post across the UK there is also a horse racing fixture taking place in Ireland on Thursday where a jumps racing meeting goes to post at Clonmel.
Seven races await punters on Thursday with the first race getting underway at 12.30pm; we’ve looked through the racecard and picked out our Clonmel tips and best bets on the card.
CLONMEL TIPS AND BEST BETS – THURSDAY’S IRISH HORSE RACING TIPS
1:00 Clonmel – ClonmelRaces.ie Novice Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
NOTICE TO CLOSE won over hurdles at this venue last October although he struggled following that breakthrough success; however the Martaline gelding could be worth sticking with over fences where he’s looked a better chaser.
Seamus Neville’s charge shaped quite well on his chase debut at Wexford in October although he faced a very stiff task behind Andy Dufresne, eventually finishing fourth. But he put that experience to good use with a neck defeat of Enjoy D’allen at Cork latterly and he can improve again.
Testing ground has been proven to hold no fears and his hurdles win came over the minimum trip so this drop in distance is unlikely to faze him. With the potential for better as a chaser he can build on that success last month to follow up here.
2:30 Clonmel – Jim Strang & Sons Kilsheelan (Peugeot) Hurdle (4yo+) 3m
Willie Mullins saddles two in this contest and it might be worth siding with second-string SCARPETA who makes his return to action following a lengthy absence; but the Soldier of Fortune gelding was very smart at his best and if retaining his old sparkle ought to go close.
A decent sort on the level for Mark Johnston he contested at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing fourth to Samcro in the 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Also a dual-winner in the 2018/19 season which included this race he hasn’t been seen since winning at Thurles back in March last year where he beat Peregrine Run by three lengths.
His top yard has persevered with him and he’s run well fresh in the past so lack of a run may not be too much of a concern. His win in this race two years ago came on his seasonal debut and although overlooked by Paul Townend on this occasion he might prove the answer.
3:00 Clonmel – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m3f
CRACK ON CORRIE has just won win to her name in 34 runs, but William Austin’s charge could double her tally having been running well in defeat this campaign.
The Oscar mare has already rattled the crossbar in three previous outings this term over hurdles and fences and was possibly unsuited by the drop back in distance when a shade disappointing latest at Fairyhouse behind Mattie’s Mountain.
That form however has been boosted by the runner-up and this return to a longer trip could show the ten-year old in a better light where she’s weighted to get involved again from this rating.
Testing conditions are also no problem while she has made the frame on a couple of occasions at this venue so she ought to continue to make her presence felt eased back in the weights.
3:30 Clonmel – Next Meeting Thursday January 7th (Q.R.) Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f
He’ll be no price at all but CAPODANNO is hard to ignore as the banker at the meeting and Willie Mullins’ charge ought to be up to making a successful switch to the Closutton yard having arrived from France.
The Manduro gelding finished runner-up on his only run to date at Compeigne behind Fire Dancer, but he was bought by JP McManus and moved to Mullins who does exceptionally well with recruits from across the Channel.
That French contest has thrown up some useful sorts and holding a Grade One entry for Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival suggests he’s been showing plenty at home. Capable of significant improvement on his debut for the County Carlow maestro he should be up to taking this prize before going onto better things and he could be a high-class acquisition for powerful connections.