Clonmel Ground Unchanged

Wed 5th Dec 2012, 08:27

Clonmel
©Healy Racing Photos
The ground at Clonmel remains unchanged ahead of tomorrow's meeting at the Tipperary course.

The hurdles track is still heavy, soft in places while the chase course is soft, heavy in places.

The forecast is to be dry and cold today with outbreaks of rain likely tomorrow.

Cork race on Sunday and the ground has eased slightly following 7mm of rain overnight.

It is now soft, soft to heavy in places over hurdles and soft to heavy, heavy in places on the chase course.

The ground at Navan is now heavy ahead of Saturday's meeting having been heavy, soft in places.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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