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Preview for Clonmel Thursday meeting

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 13:00 | Comments

Aupcharlie hits the ground at Leopardstown
Aupcharlie hits the ground at Leopardstown

Aupcharlie attempts to banish a Gowran Park tumble to the memory when he goes to post for the Suir Valley Chase at Clonmel.

The eight-year-old was a smart novice last season for Willie Mullins, but switched to the Henry de Bromhead stable during 10 months spent on the sidelines and reappeared in the Red Mills Chase.

He was still in there pitching when coming down at the penultimate obstacle and, if nothing else, the outing should bring him on for his mission against the likes of Caim Hill, Lambro and Miley Shah.

The twilight fixture commences at 4.10pm with the Ardfinnan Maiden Hurdle, in which the Jim Dreaper-trained Sizing Coal carries the same Potts colours as Aupcharlie.

He has shown a fair level of ability to date, not least when second as favourite over this course and distance last month, although Mullins' Equity Swap was a decent handicapper on the level and is a worthy foe if improving from his jumping debut at Limerick over Christmas.

The champion trainer has chosen the Go Racing In The South East '5 for 50' Maiden Hurdle for Grangeclare Pearl's first try at timber, although she will need to leave her bumper form behind to get to grips with the consistent Desertmore Stream.

Tooreen showed her appreciation for the step up to three miles when scoring on her most recent outing and strives to defy a 12lb rise over the same course and distance in the Go Racing In The South East '5 For 50' Handicap Hurdle.

Juan De Gracia hasn't pulled up any trees since going chasing, but he has kept good company and faces an easier assignment in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

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