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Clonmel preview

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 15:25 | Comments

The meeting gets under way at 2.15pm
The meeting gets under way at 2.15pm

A highly competitive renewal of the Grade Three Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle provides the highlight of a hurdle and bumper only card at Clonmel, with Willie Mullins' Don Poli among the principals.

The Gigginstown-owned five-year-old got up late to win over slightly shorter at Thurles and should relish this three-mile test, while Double Irish was a classy winner last time but that was over two miles.

The one that arguably sets the standard is The Job Is Right, though, as he chased home Faugheen over this trip at Limerick latest and attempts to defy a penalty.

Add in Gordon Elliott's recent Grade Two second Moonshine Lad and maiden winners Shantou Ed and The Winkler, and a hot race looks in prospect.

Rubi Light reverts to the smaller obstacles for the Munster Hurdle, which gets the meeting under way at 2.15pm.

Robbie Hennessy's high-class chaser last ran over timber in 2010 and might make his ability show, though Indian File was hugely impressive when scoring last time and Perfect Gentleman will stay every yard of the two-and-a-half-mile trip.

Desertmore Stream fell when beaten last time but has decent enough previous form to be a factor in the Clonmel Maiden Hurdle, though Daliyan was far from disgraced at Thurles.

The concluding Powerstown Flat Race plays host to a number of decent-looking types, including Perfect Promise.

Jimmy Mangan's mare has filled the runner-up spot on her last two starts and should challenge the boys, though Mullins' Most Peculiar ran a respectable race on his debut and Elliott's Drunken Counsel wasn't too far away at Fairyhouse, behind two very smart sorts in Cillian's Return and Vigil.

Moores Road bids to follow up a win in the pointing field in the Demesne Maiden Hurdle, while the Bishop Auckland Theatre Hooligans (QR) Handicap Hurdle could be between Snowell and Ivanka.
 

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