Preview for Clonmel's Thursday card
Updated: Wednesday, 08 May 2013 18:06
Stamina is the name of the game at Clonmel on Thursday, with six extended two mile events and a three-mile handicap hurdle making up a mixed card.
The West Gate Maiden gets the action under way at 5.20pm and sees Tommy Carmody's Galileo colt Manuka stepping up in distance on the back of third place finishes at Dundalk and Leopardstown.
He crosses swords with some performers more familiar to jumps enthusiasts, notably last month's Gowran Park victor Bell Weir and Eamonn O'Connell's popular veteran Powerstation.
Saint Gervais made the frame at the Punchestown Festival and reverts to the level in the Tipperary Perpetual Cup Handicap.
Action Master was last seen finishing in mid-division in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham and takes his place on a lengthy list of dangers, which also includes Defence Of Duress, Face Value and Dynastic.
Speed Dial showed good resolution to prevail at Limerick last weekend and his 5lb penalty takes him to the top of the list for the Main Guard Handicap.
The St. Patrick's Well Maiden Hurdle kicks off the National Hunt fare and Willie Mullins-trained Sizing Sahara will be fancied by many to atone for his Thurles disappointment for Ann and Alan Potts, who also have their colours carried in the race by Sizing Platinum and Sizing Solution.
Mullins will have high hopes for Rough Justice as well, and the Punchestown runner-up has been freshened up for the 'Free Admission For Ladies May 23rd' Flat Race.
Ontheground has had a slightly longer break since finally breaking through at Wexford in October and might be vulnerable to race-fit opponents in the Nire Valley Handicap Hurdle.
Whiskey And Red rattled the crossbar at Kilbeggan last week, and he is still well treated compared to his chase figure for the 'Girls Nite Out May 23rd' Handicap Hurdle.