Thursday ITV racing tips – TV best bets for Clonmel and Taunton
We look over Thursday’s televised horse racing action and pick out our Thursday ITV Racing tips for Clonmel and Taunton.
The ITV Racing cameras warm up for three days of Cheltenham from Friday with a six-race schedule of horse racing action taking in the pick of the day’s action from Taunton and Clonmel in Ireland.
It is the Irish venue that provides the bulk of the Thursday live TV racing action where the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase is the feature contest of the day amongst the six-race line-up and the County Tipperary track offers up four races with the other two coming from a competitive handicap card at Taunton’s Somerset track.
We’ve looked through the day’s scheduled TV racing action and pick out our Thursday ITV Racing tips for Clonmel and Taunton. Check them out below!
THURSDAY ITV RACING TIPS – TV BEST BETS FOR CLONMEL & TAUNTON
1:50 Clonmel – Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m
SWEET STING wasn’t disgraced when thwarted in her hat-trick attempt over this course and distance last month and Michael Bowe’s charge is taken to quickly get back on track.
The Scorpion mare had struck previous successes at Tipperary earlier in October including running out a five lengths’ winner over Rocky’s Silver and that runner-up did no harm to the form next time. Although the selection could only finish fourth last time out she was giving weight away and only finished around four lengths off the winner so there is still the possibility of further scope from this mark.
She could still be progressing and while this is no easy assignment she is expected to run well and no surprise to see her feature.
2:05 Taunton – Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m½f
Paul Nicholls’ runners can do little wrong at present and TOMORROW MYSTERY looks set to follow up a bloodless victory at Newbury seven days ago with the Nathaniel mare escaping a penalty for that success.
A fair sort on the flat prior to joining this yard she has progressed well over hurdles, landing the spoils in each of her last two starts at the end of the 2018/19 campaign where she struck at Kempton and Fontwell.
Following a spin on the spin on the flat at Bath where she was only beaten one length she returned to obstacles to register an easy six lengths’ verdict over Playa Blanca, not extened and she can follow up from this mark before going up markedly in the weights for future runs.
2:25 Clonmel – T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m4f
This looks competitive despite the small field; Bridge Native and Western Victory both bolted up when last seen last time but this demands more from each; while Kerry National winner Cabaret Queen and 2019 Grand National runner-up Magic Of Light might find this trip too sharp with the latter making her return from nine months off.
SHATTERED LOVE gets the vote then to take this Listed prize and while the Yeats mare isn’t the force of old she remains capable of smart form as she showed on her return when finishing third to The Storyteller on her reappearance at Punchestown.
Gordon Elliott’ s charge thook this prize twelve months ago by a wide margin and could chart a similar path by winning on her second run of the season as she did last term. She continued to contest at a good level without adding to her tally including finishing just two lengths’ runner-up behind Chris’s Dream at Gowran Park and sixth in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Sure to have been sharpened up by that recent reappearance she could prove tough to beat with race-fitness on her side back at a venue where she is 2-2 in her runs and she can get back to winning ways.
2:40 Taunton – Arthur & Peggy White Memorial Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m7f
A few of these have something to prove at present so it might be worth chancing LOOKSNOWTLIKEBRIAN who has hinted at a revival in his last couple of outings having finished last campaign badly out of sorts.
The Brian Boru gelding knows how to win when everything comes together as he showed in landing braces during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns although he lost his way following a victory at Carlisle, pulled up in the 2018 Welsh National and failing to trouble the judge in four starts thereafter including following wind surgery when pulled up again in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.
There have been better signs however more recently and having finished a good fourth on his seasonal return in a reapplied tongue-tie he ran well in third when last seen finishing just two lengths adrift of Court Dreaming at Carlisle and Tim Vaughn’s charge can get involved with a repeat of that effort.
He’s not the most fluent of jumpers but that is an argument that can be levelled at a few of these and if he can keep the mistakes down then every chance he can get back on the scoresheet racing from just 3lbs higher than his last winning rating.
3:00 Clonmel – Clonmel Oil Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m4f
Only six runners for the feature race of the day where Willie Mullins is double-handed as he bids to win this prize again. The Closutton trainer won this twelve months ago with Douvan and he sends out both Cilaos Emery and BACHASSON for the race with narrow preference for the latter in a race which might develop into a match between the pair.
The former was a faller on his last chase start in the Grade Two Dublin Chase after which he was campaigned for a tilt at the Champion Hurdle, eventually finishing fourth to Epatante. He returns to the larger obstacles here and he’s won first time up in three of the past four seasons although his only try to date over further than two miles ended in defeat when beaten by Apple’s Jade in the 2017 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle so he has to prove stamina for this extra half-mile.
There’s no such concerns over Bachasson however who was progressive over fences earlier in his career, winning a pair of Listed contests at around this trip prior to falling in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival behind Native River.
The Voix Du Nord gelding spent much of last term over hurdles, winning at Punchestown and running well in defeat including crossing the line in sixth in the Coral Cup before returning to chasing to run out an impressive winner over course and distance with a twelve lengths’ defeat of Death Duty.
Like his stablemate he also makes his reappearance but he’s also gone well fresh in the past and proven at the trip and in the conditions he can come out on top despite being deserted by Paul Townend.
3:35 Clonmel – Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-109) 2m4f
HOKE COLBURN can win the TV finale and the Beneficial gelding took a big step back in the right direction when finding 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 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.
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 so 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.