Irish horse racing tips – Thursday best bets for Clonmel
While there’s plenty of horse racing action in the UK on Thursday we look over the day’s sole fixture in Ireland and pick out our best bets for Clonmel over the sticks.
Four meetings head to post across the UK on Thursday but the feature race of the day comes from Ireland and their sole racing fixture over the sticks at Clonmel.
The main event of the day is the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase and the feature is joined on the card by Listed action and some competitive handicap racing the best of which will be featured on Thursday’s ITV Racing.
We’ve looked over the day’s racing in Ireland and pick out our Thursday best bets for Clonmel over the sticks.
IRISH HORSE RACING TIPS – THURSDAY BEST BETS FOR CLONMEL
1:15 Clonmel – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (5yo+) 2m3½f
POWER OF PAUSE won between the flags at Punchestown last February for Patrick Turley prior to switching to Willie Mullins’ operation and the Doyen gelding has shaped well in bumpers to date where he’s twice finished in the runner-up berth.
The latest of those came at Galway in July when bumping into a potentially good rival who has won twice since and he might just have done too much in front.
He now switches his attention to hurdling which could elicit some improvement and every chance he can make a winning debut over timber for his top yard.
2:25 Clonmel – T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m4f
SHATTERED LOVE could prove the most solid option given there are doubts about her four rivals and Gordon Elliott’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Yeats mare remains capable of very smart form despite perhaps not quite being the force of old and there wasn’t a great deal wrong with her latest third at Punchestown over three miles behind The Storyteller.
Her last win came in this race twelve months ago, but she contested at a good level subsequently including at the Cheltenham Festival and she has seen the form of her return significantly boosted with the winner and third subsequently finishing 1-3 in the recent Ladbrokes Champion Chase.
A return to this shorter trip will help and she handles these conditions so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise and she can get back on the scoresheet.
3:00 Clonmel – Clonmel Oil Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m4f
Willie Mullins has won five of the last seven renewals of this contest with the likes of Douvan, Kemboy and Champagne Fever and the Closutton trainer can make it a hat-trick of wins with BACHASSON who is one of two from the yard.
Stablemate Cilaos Emery returns to chasing for the first time since losing his unbeaten record when falling at Leopardstown after which he took in the Champion Hurdle; but he was beaten on his only previous try and this distance and has stamina to prove on his reappearance.
There’s no such worries with the selection who was progressive over fences earlier in his career and also campaigned over hurdles last term before returning to the larger obstacles to strike a course and distance win by twelve lengths from Death Duty, jumping well.
Both go well fresh but the selection is proven at this trip which just edges the vote his way and he gets 5lbs from his stablemate which could prove crucial and he can deliver a big run on his return.
3:35 Clonmel – Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-109) 2m4f
HOKE COLBURN is taken to build on his recent step back in the right direction where the Beneficial gelding found only one too good at Galway last month.
Brian McMahon’s charge had been running well in defeat following his move to this yard from Brian Barr, for whom he won twice over fences and his three runs this term have come on the back of a lengthy absence so he might have just needed his first couple of runs to sharpen him up.
Yet to finish out of the first four in any of his starts for his current handler he was beaten around ten lengths latest, keeping on well without troubling the well-handicapped winner to whom he was giving more than two stones. That effort can be marked up and he’s only been raised 1lb for that run by the assessor so he ought to remain competitive now partnered by a good amateur.