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Clonmel preview

Updated: Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013 15:00 | Comments

Clonmel racecourse
Clonmel racecourse

There are plenty of runners for punters to get to grips with at Clonmel on Thursday and a maximum field goes to post for the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle at 2.35.

Ancient Days heads the list and is sure to have his supporters, having finished fourth behind Cheltenham Festival contender Inish Island at Downpatrick when last seen.

Father Jack occupied the same position in a better Punchestown race, and Dick Dundee also merits consideration on the back of a third at Thurles.

Up Sluggarh found only one too strong at Galway in October and has been freshened up for the Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle, in which Spot Fine could be the one to beat, given that he has his sights lowered a bit.

His trainer Mouse Morris must be getting frustrated with Baily Dusk, but he now takes in a Slievenamon Beginners Chase that has little strength in depth, with the 109-rated hurdler Playtime Ben perhaps the most interesting on his introduction to fences.

The most valuable race of the afternoon is the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, which sees Take A Shot striving to atone for letting favourite-backers down at Punchestown.

Day Dream Venue fared much better at that venue more recently but he now has a 7lb rise for that victory to contend with in the Comeragh Handicap Hurdle.

Turnandgo was a costly failure at Clonmel, but the winner has since been sold for a six-figure sum so the form could be solid, and this Gigginstown-owned five-year-old attempts to go one better for Willie and Patrick Mullins in the Ardfinnan INH Flat Race.

Speckled Wood carried the JP McManus colours to a poignant Thurles victory just days after her dam Like-A-Butterfly passed away last month, and the Christy Roche-trained novice heads the weights for the Carrick-On-Suir Mares Handicap Hurdle.

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