This looks to be between Pienta and GOLD DES BOIS, with minor preference for the latter on the basis he could be considered a little more unexposed. Don’t be surprised if Champagne Gold is in the thick of things on his debut for a team in excellent form at present.
The step up to this sort of trip has seen WHERE’S BUNNY improve on her last couple of starts and she just about sets the standard in what looks a weak maiden. Brave Way is an obvious danger on her rules debut for powerful connections while Lady Rocco might improve for this longer trip.
The ground could be key here and if the rain stays away, COURTIN BB must have solid claims from below her last winning mark. She ran a promising race over an insufficient two miles here 28 days ago and with her most recent win coming over 3m, she will relish this longer trip. Shedding and Musical Ava complete the shortlist having both run well here previously.
A few of these look well handicapped, most notably IN YOUR SHADOW (nap) who was an impressive winner of a handicap chase at Galway last time out. Noel Meade’s six-year-old had previously been in good form over hurdles and could be on a very lenient mark back in this discipline. Woodbrook Boy boasts a similar profile but does need to prove himself over this trip while Eimear reportedly had excuses last time and is another to consider.
A competitive contest but WHATSYOURSTATUS shades the vote. He already looks an improved horse since tackling fences this term and the form of his win at Tramore last time has been boosted by the runner-up. Aforementioned is a threat if he leaves his most recent effort behind and Fred The Foot is another to consider with the step up in trip likely to suit.
An ordinary affair in which PORT RASHID makes most appeal, with his rating pretty appealing compared to his hurdles form. He should be sharper for his recent comeback and gets the nod over Tintown Robin, who is light on experience in this sphere but might have more to come over fences, and recent Tramore runner-up Jack Holiday.
This could prove a good opportunity for HES A HARDY BLOKE to get off the mark under rules after a near miss at Navan recently. Don Diablo rates a major danger but his lack of a recent run swings the verdict in the Noel Meade-trained five-year-old’s favour. Stowaway John shouldn’t be too far away at the business end.
The Racing Post’s Tips at Clonmel on Thursday
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