clonmel 15th Nov

Wed 14th Nov 2012, 12:20

Top two-miler Sizing Europe is the star attraction on the Clonmel card.

Henry de Bromhead's ace is approaching 11 now but showed all his sparkle to make a successful return at Gowran Park, only to miss the three-mile JNwine.com Champion Chase due to testing conditions at Down Royal.

He tackles two and a half miles in the Clonmel Oil Chase and shares the burden of top weight with Tranquil Sea, who has won this Grade Two prize for the past couple of seasons.

Magnanimity, Rathlin and Let Yourself Go make up the select field.

The EBF TA Morris Memorial Mares Chase carries Grade Three status and sees Knockfierna attempting to atone for a Limerick misdemeanour.

That wasn't the first time Charles Byrnes' seven-year-old has shown a darker side to her nature at that venue - she was in front of Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Sir Des Champs when running out last Christmas.

If she shows her quirks again, the Colin Bowe-trained duo of Our Victoria and Glibin, as well as exciting prospects Our Girl Salley and Tarla, are well capable of taking advantage.

Last year's winner Irish Soul is 6lb higher for the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle and hasn't been seen since struggling behind reopposing veteran Powerstation at Navan 11 months ago.

The hat-trick-seeking Roadtoabbeyfeale does have fitness on his side - a remark that also applies to Chu Chu Thomas, who tries to repeat his C & D victory of a fortnight ago in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

The action starts with a fascinating clash in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (12.55) as smart bumper performers Lord Of Lords and The Paparrazi Kid lock horns.

Turnandgo won his only start between the flags impressively and after changing hands for & pound;75,000 since, represents Willie Mullins and Gigginstown House Stud in the Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile INH Flat Race.

New Approach fee hike

New Approach's stud fee has more than doubled for 2013 after a hugely successful first season for his progeny on the track.