Review clonmel 21st Mar

Tue 21st Mar 2017, 17:40


Andrew McNamara enjoyed a double at Clonmel, with the highlight the success of Val De Ferbet in the Suir Valley Chase.

Last Friday's Limerick winner The Paparrazi Kid was an odds-on favourite but was struggling from a long way out, whereas Val De Ferbet (2-1) was jumping for fun at the head of affairs.

Robbie Power was able to quicken the gallop as and when he liked, with closest pursuer My Murphy flat out to keep up, and Val De Ferbet galloped on relentlessly to beat My Murphy by 13 lengths, with Mozoltov the only other finisher.

The McNamara-trained Stay With It ended a drought that stretched back almost two years with victory in the Vee Handicap Hurdle.

The 9-2 chance has been racing over further and his stamina came into effect in the closing stages as he swept by Fridaynightlights to a four-length triumph, giving his young pilot Dillon Maxwell his first winner under Rules.

Strike Is Back's busy period is showing no sign of taking its toll as Gordon Elliott's mare landed the odds in the Goatenbridge Maiden Hurdle.

Making her third appearance of the month, the 10-11 market leader tracked the front-running Born To Size until two out and then stretched six lengths clear of Beginningtogetup.

Elliott and Jack Kennedy followed up when Third Opinion (12-1) made a successful start for the in-form trainer in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

Off for 680 days, there were no signs of rustiness as, once closest rival Knockraha Boss departed two out, Third Opinion only had to be kept up to his work to account for Game Puppeteer by 22 lengths.

Nicat's Benefit (2-1) had finished third and second on her last two runs heading into the Ardfinnan Maiden Hurdle, and continued that progression with a six-and-a-half-length defeat of Soul Kailber.

Her trainer Liz Lalor doubled up with De Rasher Counter (10-1) in the Clonmel Flat Race, while Flynsini (7-1) was a clear-cut winner of the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase under J J Slevin.

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.