Preview clonmel 6th Dec

Wed 5th Dec 2012, 15:50

A seven-race jumps card at Clonmel takes centre stage on Thursday and although the action is low key, it is certainly competitive.

The best race of the day looks to be the Fethard Handicap Chase where recent Downpatrick winner bids to complete a double.

However, he faces stiff competition from the likes of Fever Pitch and Jack Bene while Karinga Queen is useful on her day and takes the eye returning to action.

Racing gets underway at 12.45 with the Powerstown 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle in which 90-rated Flat winner Fatcatinthehat makes his first start over hurdles against recent runners-up Crouching Harry and Hazariban.

The following Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Maiden Hurdle sees Glens Melody bid to resume winning ways having found the highly regarded Minsk too strong at Punchestown recently and the three-time bumper winner looks to have been well placed to go one better this time around.

She is potentially very smart.

War Or Words turned in his best efforts under rules so far when third at Limerick recently and he could prove well handicapped as he goes for the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle but Jack The Red ran well at Downpatrick recently while Yeoman has to be respected in a tricky looking race.

Cadspeed lines up in the Kilsheelan Beginners Chase and might still be too early to write off Willie Mullins' charge in this sphere, given he was decent over hurdles, although Lord Lir holds solid form claims having just lost out to Tillahow at Thurles recently.

The action draws to a close with the Next Meeting Thursday February 7th Maiden Hurdle there is sure to be plenty of support for Ballycasey, a bumper winner at Leopardstown on his sole start under ruled back in December.

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.