Thursday 14 November Clonmel tips – Race-by-race selections for Thursday’s Irish feature fixture

Henry De Bromhead can saddle the big race winner in Ireland on Thursday.Henry De Bromhead can saddle the big race winner in Ireland on Thursday.

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Thursday’s feature meeting in Ireland which goes to post at Clonmel and features the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase.

Featuring amidst a four-fixture programme of UK and Irish horse racing action on Thursday is Clonmel’s card in Ireland where a seven-race meeting gets underway from 12.40pm at the County Tipperary venue.

Featuring the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase, there is also Listed action on a quality afternoon of Irish racing, as well as some solid handicap action.

12:40 – Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Mares Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
1:10 – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3½f
1:40 – Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m3½f
2:15 – Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m
2:50 – Clonmel Oil Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m4f
3:20 – T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m4f
3:55 – Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile Flat Race (5-7yo) 2m½f

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look through Thursday’s feature racecard in Ireland where he gives his selections for all seven of the afternoon’s contests, including the main event of the day which goes to post at 2.50pm.

12:40 – Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Mares Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f

KALANISI OG (2/5,Bet365) sets a solid standard on her runs to date, and the Galway bumper winner ought to take plenty of beating here.

The Kalanisi mare made a good switch to hurdling when finding only one too good back at Galway last month behind Mount Ida, and with that experience under her belt she could improve for the run to get off the mark now.

She was only beaten around four lengths, not helped by a couple of late mistakes. However, she’ll have learned from the run and is expected to do better now so every chance she can open her win account over hurdles now.

Willie Mullins can get Clonmel Oil Chase day off to a winning start

Willie Mullins can get Clonmel Oil Chase day off to a winning start

1:10 – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3½f

EMAIL ROSE (5/2, Paddy Power) fell on each of his first two outings over hurdles last winter, but he was thought good enough to contest a decent bumper contest at Leopardstown on Boxing Day where he finished ninth of eleven runners behind Exit Poll.

Henry de Bromhead’s Al Namix gelding was absent following that run until returning to hurdles at Tramore last month, and he showed much improvement to find only Alfa Mix too good by ten lengths, although he in turn finished well clear of the rest.

He could have more to offer over hurdles, and a clear round last time will hopefully have instilled some confidence which he can build on to go one better now with a repeat of that latest run which might be good enough in a relatively ordinary maiden contest.

1:40 – Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m3½f

FOU DILIGENCE (5/1, William Hill) has gone with plenty of promise in a trio of hurdles starts in maiden company, and the Le Fou gelding could be worth chancing to make a winning transition to the handicap ranks now.

Philip Dempsey’s charge has made the frame in all three of those starts, latterly finishing four lengths’ third behind Tomeric at Roscommon having found only one too good on his return to action at Listowel in September, and he looks open to plenty of further improvement still.

He had a subsequent easy winner in arrears in that latest outing where he was held back by a couple of late errors, and if continuing on his upward curve then an initial handicap mark of 104 could prove very workable.

Much less exposed than this field, he can find some measure of improvement to go close here and every chance he can make his presence felt in a competitive contest.

2:15 – Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m

ENVOL PIERJI (15/8, William Hill) has shapes with plenty of promise in his three hurdles outings to date having switched from the point-to-point sphere, and the Martaline gelding can follow up his recent success at Tramore last month.

Elizabeth Doyle’s charge had finished runner-up twice between the flags prior to bagging a silver medal on his hurdles debut at Naas in January behind Dream Conti where he was beaten less than two lengths.

Fourth subsequently following a break at Fairyhouse, he returned from six months off the track to run out a ready winner over Hereditary Rule latest, and likely to strip fitter for that outing then he can double up here.

He ran out an easy and impressive winner, only needing pushed out to score, and while the form might only be ordinary the performance hinted at better still to come. A switch to the handicap ranks where he can compete from 120 looks very workable, and he can give a good account.

2:50 – Clonmel Oil Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m4f

MONALEE (6/5, William Hill) is 2-3 on his seasonal debut, and Henry de Bromhead’s charge can enhance that good statistic and spoil the return of Willie Mullins’ Douvan.

The Milan gelding is a high-class sort at his best, running several solid races last term which included a win over Anibale Fly in the Red Mills Chase before finishing fourth behind Frodon in the Ryanair Chase.

Having shaped as if amiss when last seen pulling up in the Punchestown Gold Cup behind Kemboy, he can bounce back to winning form on his seasonal reappearance with trip and ground no issue.

With doubts over the fitness of Douvan who also tackles this longer trip for the first time, he can successfully give 5lbs to that rival and expose any chinks in the armour of Willie Mullins’ returning star despite rated 3lbs below.

Trip and ground are both no issue, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him bouncing back to winning form at a venue where he has won in the past.

Monalee can win the Clonmel Oil Chase for Henry de Bromhead

Monalee can win the Clonmel Oil Chase for Henry de Bromhead

3:20 – T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m4f

SHATTERED LOVE (5/4, Bet365) didn’t hit the heights over fences last term that was hoped, but the Yeats mare could still be worth keeping faith with dropped in grade on the back of her reappearance in the PWC Champion Chase last month.

Gordon Elliott’s charge won five of her first eight starts over fences last term, but following promising runner-up runs on her first two outings last term she went the wrong way and disappointed in three subsequent outings including when pulled up in the Irish Grand National.

She ran well for a good way in her Gowran Park reappearance last month before a lack of sharpness eventually told on her; but she is expected to come on for that outing and can do better now with that run under her belt.

If she was to recapture her best form over fences then she could prove a tough nut to crack here, and she looks worth siding with to get back to winning ways dropped into Listed company.

3:55 – Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile Flat Race (5-7yo) 2m½f

TACTICAL MOVE (11/10, Coral) represents some powerful connections, and Willie Mullins’ charge can get off the mark at the second attempt having found only one too strong behind Ard Abhainn at Punchestown in May.

The Stowaway gelding didn’t look the most straightforward, swishing his tail under pressure, but the run will have taught him plenty and the form has a solid look to it with the winner along with the third and fifth-placed horses all going on to post subsequent wins.

Open to improvement on the back of that run, he makes his reappearance from more than six months off the track; but with the promise of better to come for a yard with an excellent record in bumpers then he looks worth siding with to open his account now.

 

CLONMEL TIPS THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER – RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS

12:40 – KALANISI OG (2/5,Bet365)

1:10 – EMAIL ROSE (5/2, Paddy Power)

1:40 – FOU DILIGENCE (5/1, William Hill)

2:15 – ENVOL PIERJI (15/8, William Hill)

2:50 – MONALEE (6/5, William Hill)

3:20 – SHATTERED LOVE (5/4, Bet365)

3:55 – TACTICAL MOVE (11/10, Coral)