Clonmel preview

Updated: Wednesday, 06 Feb 2013 14:02

Inish Island bids to get back to winning ways when he tackles Grade Three company for the first time in the Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel.

The form of Willie Mullins' charge's second at Cheltenham has been boosted by the winner and the fourth since, and the 3lb he receives from recent Punchestown second Shrapnel could prove decisive.

Add in the promising Venture Capital, second to Prince De Beauchene last time, and an intriguing contest looks in the offing.

The meeting kicks off at 1.30 with the Surehaul Race Day Maiden Hurdle, which sees Mullins' Sarabad bid to end three successive runner-up efforts.

This looks no easy task, with Cork second Lughnasa and former bumper winner More Madness among the opposition.

Perhaps Mullins' strongest chance out of a number of winning opportunities comes in the Kilsheelan Mares Hurdle, as he saddles the unbeaten Annie Power.

After scoring in three bumpers by increasing margins, the five-year-old showed plenty of aptitude for hurdling to win at Thurles, and could prove too strong for Mac Idol and Dressedtothenines.

Mullins will have been delighted to see Call The Police get back to winning ways at Thurles last time, and he takes on some highly-rated rivals in an open-looking Derrygrath Chase.

Forpadydeplasterer steps back up in trip and has a visor fitted after his Leopardstown flop, while Tranquil Sea is usually much better than he showed when well beaten at Thurles last time.

Mullins' final arrow to fire comes in the Kilmolash Beginners Chase, as Cadspeed bids to improve on his Thurles third against the likes of Twentypoundluck and Page Turner.

Whatsthecrack Jack and Wild Salmon lock horns in the Minorstown Handicap Hurdle, while the concluding Woodrooff Maiden Hunters Chase could be between recent point winners Fermoyle Flyer, Major Mongo and Final Gift.

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