The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Captain Christy Rated Novice Chase is the highlight at Clonmel on Thursday where Bose Ikard bids for a fourth successive victory.

Noel Meade's charge notched two victories in the space of 24 hours when hurdling in August, successfully adding to a triumph over fences at Roscommon earlier in the month, and could prove tough to stop if turning up in similar form.

Presenting Beara did get the better of that rival when they were both beaten at Kilbeggan in July, though, and has won impressively since, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

The opening www.clonmelraces.ie Novice Hurdle at 2:15pm is an equally competitive affair with the unexposed Egyptian Warrior a particularly interesting runner.

The son of Galileo - rated 87 on the Flat - earned a breakthrough success over timber at Listowel and looks a horse on the upgrade for the formidable owner/trainer partnership of Aidan O'Brien and JP McManus.

The Nire Valley Handicap features some lightly-raced contenders who could have more to offer.

Tikka Light is one such mare as she has run some decent races in defeat and may show more now stepped up to the trip that saw her land a point-to-point last year.

She is just one of several promising rides for the up-and-coming Johnny Burke, who also gets the leg up on Old Laxey in the Killenaule Handicap Chase.

The Old Vic gelding has steadily improved for racing and a recent placed effort at Listowel suggests his turn may be due over fences.

Collen Beag tackles the smaller obstacles for the first time in public in the Laganore Maiden Hurdle and could be an exciting prospect if translating his bumper form to this code.

The Killahora Flat Race looks an intriguing affair with Table Tips stepping up in trip after finishing third on her return to action at Galway, while opponents include Rolihlahla for the champion trainer and the returning Drumacoo, who has shown promise in the past.