Review Clonmel 7th Dec

Thu 7th Dec 2017, 16:20

Admiral Brian was the main beneficiary of Coquin Mans' misfortune in the Jim Strang & Sons Kilsheelan (Peugeot) Hurdle at Clonmel.

All appeared to be going to plan for the 30-100 favourite when he sauntered into the lead at the third-last, with Paul Townend looking around for non-existent dangers swinging into the straight.

He stumbled and fell well before the second-last, though, leavingp>Admiral Brian and Taglietelle to fight it out, and Eamonn O'Connell's 25-1 shot stayed on best to prevail by a couple of lengths.

On an action-packed card, Jack Kennedy staked a claim for ride of the season when landing the Clonmel Racecourse Supporters Club Only 90 Beginners Chase on Robin Des Mana.

Kennedy performed an amazing recovery to survive a mistake with a circuit to travel, getting the 7-2 shot back in front by five out, and coming home half a length ahead of Kiera Royale.

Willie Mullins gained some compensation for Coquin Mans' mishap when Draconien made a successful jumping bow in the Next Meeting Thursday January 11th (Q.R.) (C & G) Maiden Hurdle.

The French import made his own running and cruised across the line 12 lengths in front of Mighty Stowaway as the 8-13 favourite.

The Gigginstown House Stud colours were carried to victory in the Clonmel Maiden Hurdle, but not by odds-on shot Monbeg Worldwide.

The 2-5 favourite put the pace to the race until he was headed by Game Of War (9-2) on the run to the second-last, and Henry de Bromhead's charge galloped on relentlessly to beat Reelingintheyears by 11 lengths, with Monbeg Worldwide only third.

Black Scorpion confirmed the promise of his recent Punchestown third by justifying 5-2 favouritism in the Club Stand Restaurant Handicap Chase.

The Katie O'Farrell-ridden 9-4 favourite Battling Spirit lived up to his name to fend off Ballymadun in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, while Rock On Lilly (8-1) made all in the Powerstown Handicap Hurdle.

Draconien looks an exciting recruit for Mullins

Draconien made a very pleasing Irish debut for Willie and Patrick Mullins when landing odds of 8/13 with a facile success in the Next Meeting Thursday January 11th (QR) Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel.

THE IRISH TIMES