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Updated: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 14:01 | Comments

Mullins' charges look likely at Clonmel

After a three-day hiatus, Irish racing returns at Clonmel and Willie Mullins has three runners all holding very strong claims.

He kicks off with Pink Hat in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle at 12.45pm, who makes her debut over timber after two wins in two starts in bumpers.

Mullins' son Patrick was on board for both successes and he maintains the partnership, though their bid for a hat-trick will be tested by the likes of Tikka Light and Theatre Bird.

Mullins has Ruby Walsh doing the riding on Kalmann in the Kilsheelan Beginners Chase.

Pitched into the Fred Winter on his only start last term for the Closutton handler, he makes his chasing debut here and the weight he receives from Navan fifth Worldor and the experienced Golanbrook could be telling.

Mullins final challenger is Turnandgo in the Next Meeting Thursday February 6th Maiden Hurdle, and he bids to go one better than when second at Naas on his reappearance.

The winner that day, The Tullow Tank, has since won the Royal Bond so Turnandgo will be well fancied to get the better of Sadler's Stripes and Gort An Chnoic.

Goal has been making hay on the level of late so is in the form to make an impact on his chasing debut in the Clonmel Racecourse Supporters Club Only 85 Euro Beginners Chase.

Gordon Elliott's charge could be given most to think about by fellow chasing debutant Notimetoserve, while Namarama was moving into contention when falling last time and could get involved with a clear round.

New Phase and Araglen Lad will be out to continue their good recent form in the John Kennedy Motors Handicap Chase, while the Powerstown Handicap Hurdle looks an open affair, with Wells China, Kalaroa and Oscar Zulu all holding claims.

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