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Clonmel preview

Updated: Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:57 | Comments

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden is the first race 5.15pm
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden is the first race 5.15pm

Jim Bolger sends a string of horses to Clonmel, with Sar Oiche getting the ball rolling for the Coolcullen handler in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at 5.15pm.

The daughter of Teofilo improved on her sole start as a juvenile when third at Cork last time, but faces tough opposition in the shape of Dundalk second Circling and Dermot Weld's Vintage Nouveau.

Arguably Bolger's best chance comes courtesy of Stirabout in the West Gate Median Auction Maiden, as the colt has already earned a mark of 84 for a number of solid efforts, including when third at Gowran last time.

Prussian Eagle was beaten only half a length on his most recent run and will be out to go one better, though he has 11lb to find on official figures with Bolger's charge.

Chance To Dance is turned out quickly by Bolger for the Fethard Maiden, having gone close at the Curragh on Monday, though if that run has left its mark, he could find Cork runner-up Indy Gal snapping at his heels.

Bolger also has New Regalia in the Free Admission For Ladies May 22nd Handicap as she bids to build on a fair third at Sligo on Sunday, while the handler will need to see a big upturn in fortunes for Feile Bride if she is to break her maiden tag against the likes of Faranadooney and Keith's Delight in the Main Guard Handicap.

The richest race on the card is the Tipperary Perpetual Cup Handicap, which sees John Oxx's lightly raced charge Newellen tackle a staying trip for the first time.

He faces some tricky opposition in the shape of Dundalk second Sharjah, the once-raced Bell Weir and Mick Winters' Silver Chief, who has shown some excellent form on the Flat and over obstacles recently.

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