Clonmel tips on Thursday – Irish racing best bets over the sticks
Clonmel tips on Thursday
A top-class racecard awaits punters in Ireland and our tipping team pick out their Clonmel tips on Thursday.
There is a top-class card on the agenda for Thursday’s Irish horse racing action where seven races await headed by the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase which goes to post as the fifth race of the day at 2.25pm.
Also on the card is Listed action and there are a few notable names making an appearance at the County Tipperary venue; our tipping team look over a quality Irish racing card and pick out their Clonmel tips on Thursday.
CLONMEL TIPS ON THURSDAY – IRISH RACING BEST BETS OVER THE STICKS
12:15 Clonmel – Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (IRE Incentive Race) (4yo+) 2m½f
MAHLER’S DOLLAR is still searching for a first win but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying that the Mahler gelding remains a maiden and she made the frame in five of his first six starts last term in bumpers before transitioning to hurdles where he finished third behind the smart Capodanno over this course and distance in January.
Having possibly needed the run here in September he stepped up to find only one too good at Cork behind Chicago Time who has since gone on to win a Listed contest, while the fifth horse home has also won since.
He could be vulnerable to one with more scope for progression but he should be in the mix with a repeat of that latest run under a good claiming rider.
12:45 Clonmel – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f
Henry De Bromhead saddles two in this race and it might be significant that Rachael Blackmore has elected to partner UPPING THE ANTI who arrives here on the back of a solid third latest at Wexford.
The Valirann gelding was having just his second start over hurdles and he improved for his debut at Gowran Park at the beginning of the month despite perhaps not being suited by the drop in trip.
He’s back up in distance today and with improvement possible he could post a bold bid for success.
2:25 Clonmel – Clonmel Oil Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m4½f
Assuming he’s fully wound up for this reappearance FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES should prove a very tough nut to crack and the Kapgarde gelding can get back to winning ways.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge won his first two hurdles starts back in the 2019 having transitioned from hurdles where he was high class, and he’s shown plenty in numerous top-level chases since which include finishing runner-up at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival behind Put The Kettle On in that season’s Arkle Chase.
He continued in good form last term, only failing to place once from seven starts and resuming winning ways at Aintree in April before perhaps being stretched by three miles when last seen at Punchestown.
The drop back in trip will be more to his liking and conditions shouldn’t pose an issue; while he’s won first time up in two of the past three seasons and he ought to be tough to beat if turning out here at his best.