Irish racing best bets – Clonmel tips on Thursday over the sticks

Irish racing best bets. Clonmel tips on Thursday over the sticks.Irish racing best bets. Clonmel tips on Thursday over the sticks.

Clonmel tips on Thursday over the sticks

Just one meeting heads to post in Ireland and our tipping experts pick out their Clonmel tips on Thursday.

Irish horse racing action continues on Thursday with one fixture heading to post over the sticks at Clonmel which features seven afternoon races over both hurdles and fences.

With plenty to look forward to for Irish racing punters our tipping team have looked over the day’s racecard to pick out their Clonmel tips on Thursday and best bets over the sticks.


1:10 Clonmel – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3½f

MOTOWN MAGGIE stepped up on a promising debut over hurdles for Sneezy Foster to go close at Tramore earlier this month for Gordon Elliott and the Doyen filly can go one better.

Placed in the point-to-point sphere she was only beaten a half-length when last seen behind Nell’s Well and while perhaps only ordinary form it does nevertheless set the standard for the others to aim at.

Davy Russell takes over in the saddle which could be seen as a statement of intent and there’d be little surprise should she manage to get off the mark now at the third attempt.

1:45 Clonmel – Suir Blueway Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m3½f

DEFINITEADARE can follow up his last-time win at Listowel and Tom Cooper’s charge ought to post a big run.

The Court Cave gelding was a winner at Limerick back in April and finished runner-up on two subsequent occasions at up to three miles before a break where he returned with a fifth at Roscommon in August prior to running out a five lengths’ victor over Wrong Way Harry latest.

The handicapper has taken a dim view of that victory with a 9lbs rise in the weights, but he did appear to win a shade comfortably and the fourth has won since. There could still be more to come from him over hurdles and he’ll do well to defy a big weight here, but he can make his presence felt nonetheless and no surprise if he were to find some further improvement.

Clonmel tips on Thursday over the sticks. John 'Shark' Hanlon can saddle a winner on the Clonmel card.

Clonmel tips on Thursday over the sticks. John ‘Shark’ Hanlon can saddle a winner on the Clonmel card.

2:55 Clonmel – Powerstown Demesne (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m½f

MULLINS CROSS won a hurdle race at Sligo in August and latterly bounced back from a lesser run when finding only one too good back at that venue latest; the Valirann mare can get back to winning ways here and ought to go close if continuing in similar form.

Shark Hanlon’s charge was beaten just over one length on that occasion behind Red Ball Of Fire, hampered when jumping the last although getting the worst of the argument with the winner but doing enough to hold onto the silver medal.

Racing off the same mark although due to go up 2lbs in future she could be capable of taking advantage here under her top amateur pilot and there’d be no surprise to see her firmly in the mix.

3:30 Clonmel – Memorial Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m

SASSY YET CLASSY was a course and distance winner during a light campaign last term, beating Mon Lino and although she failed to add to her tally in three subsequent starts she lost little caste in any and rounded off the season finishing runner-up at Punchestown in March.

Beaten just over one length there the fourth from that race has won twice since and she could go well back from an absence with Davy Russell in the plate where the handicapper has only pushed her up 3lbs.

There’s a slight worry over her record fresh but her top yard can get them ready and there’d be no shock in seeing her going close.