Preview Clonmel 21st Mar

Mon 20th Mar 2017, 13:20

The Suir Valley Chase is the feature race at Clonmel on Tuesday and The Paparrazi Kid is turned out quickly following his game success at Wexford on Friday.

Willie Mullins' charge certainly deserved to get his head back in front following some solid displays in decent company this season and he might be able to supplement those gains from only a 4lb higher mark.

Mozoltov is another who has been kept busy of late and he should find this easier than the Grade Two event he contested at Navan on Sunday, while Val De Ferbet won't mind returning to fences and will be suited by the testing conditions.

Gordon Elliott has enjoyed a stellar week and will be hoping the good run continues with Third Opinion in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

Elliott needs to have worked all of his magic, though, as his charge returns from a mammoth absence of 680 days and the likes of Logical Song, Knockraha Boss and No Dice will be there to exploit any chinks in the armour of his charge.

The latter is of particular interest having fallen when seemingly set to score decisively at Down Royal last time.

Racing gets underway at 1.55 with the Goatenbridge Maiden Hurdle and that man Elliott looks to hold another strong chance, this time with Strike Is Back who only narrowly missed out at Limerick on Saturday.

The Vee Handicap Hurdle has a more competitive look to it but Zipporah arrives in good form following a win and placed efforts in her last two starts.

Another bold bid can be expected from her, though the likes of Wilms Warrior and Stay With It boast solid claims themselves.

Nanny Stone chased home the classy Sutton Manor two starts ago and a return to that level of form should see him prove hard to beat in the Ardfinnan Maiden Hurdle, while it could pay to stick with Thurles scorer Dinnie's Vinnie as he bids to double up in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase.

Options open for Card and River

Colin Tizzard is open the possibility of Cue Card and Native River locking horns for a second time at Aintree next month.

THE IRISH TIMES