Irish racing Thursday tips – Best bets at Clonmel on 7 January
Irish racing best bets at Clonmel
We pick out our Irish racing Thursday tips and best bets for the day’s sole meeting.
Irish racing hopefully returns to the fold on Thursday where there is one fixture scheduled to go to post at Clonmel assuming the meeting passes a morning inspection as the current cold snap continues to wreak havoc with the fixture list.
Assuming the Clonmel fixture gets the green light then seven races will head to post at the County Tipperary track from 12.50pm and we’ve picked out our Irish racing Thursday tips and best bets for the meeting.
IRISH RACING THURSDAY TIPS – BEST BETS AT CLONMEL
12:50 Clonmel – Kilsheelan Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
Manitopark AA sets a very solid standard on her promising debut run at Navan last month but she’ll be a very short price and it might be worth taking her on with SWEET SIXTEEN who has shaped with some promise herself over timber.
Only a fair sort on the level for Amy Murphy she failed to cut much ice on her first couple of runs on the flat following her switch to Martin Grassick. However she’s shown up much better in a pair of hurdles starts, finishing third on her hurdles debut at Tipperary before posting a creditable fourth at Punchestown when last seen.
She was beaten around fifteen lengths but the form is very useful with the winner going on to win a further three times including a Grade Two at Cheltenham; while the runner-up and third have both also scored subsequent wins.
Open to improvement she could give Willie Mullins’ charge something to think about and she gets plenty of weight in this contest; while Simon Torrens is very good value for his 5lbs claim and every chance she can make her presence felt as a result.
1:20 Clonmel – Lisronagh Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m
This isn’t a strong race and DANEGELD can follow up his recent Punchestown win where a penalty might not be enough to anchor him if none the worse for recent exertions.
The Danehill Dancer gelding was scoring for the first time over obstacles when beating De Bennette by four lengths on New Years’ Eve, travelling well into the race and overcoming a late mistake to win a shade readily and he could defy his 5lbs penalty to repeat the dose.
His rider could only claim a fraction of his allowance on that occasion but he can use his full claim here which will offset his rise in the race and allow him to effectively compete from the same mark as when successful seven days ago and he ought to make another bold bid here.
1:50 Clonmel – Munster Rated Novice Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3f
TUCANAE has been in good fettle over hurdles, winning at Fairyhouse in November and she was sent off favourite for her latest outing at Limerick on Boxing Day although she crashed out early having slipped on the first bend.
Paul Nolan’s charge is readily excused that effort and the Yeats mare is better considered on her earlier performances. She was a three lengths’ victor over Fiston Des Issards the time before and a repeat of that effort might be good enough here with Bryan Cooper returning to the saddle.
A former point-to-point winner she has also won a bumper in heavy ground and no surprise to see her going close here.
2:50 Clonmel – Tipperary Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m3f
ALL THE CHIMNEYS has been on good terms with himself over fences of late, scoring at Thurles in November and William Austin’s charge could be worth chancing to bounce back from a slightly disappointing run last time now he reverts to hurdles.
The veteran Bach gelding finished four lengths’ fourth last time out at Thurles behind Jack Dillinger, but he returns to the smaller obstacles here and can compete from his last successful hurdles rating while his rider can claim a valuable 7lbs so he looks to hold very solid claims at the weights.
His last hurdles success also came at this venue back in December 2018 and he’s since won back here over fences so he handles the track well while heavy ground also holds few fears so he can make his presence felt again on these terms.